The all-new Range Rover Sport will serve as the official Pace Car for the 91st Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, United States. As the pace car, the all-new Range Rover Sport will revisit the 12.4-mile course where it set its own record earlier this month as the fastest hill-climb for a production-standard Sport Utility Vehicle.
The Range Rover Sport also broke the long-standing record for any type of production-standard vehicle up the Pikes Peak’s snake-like course.
The SUV managed to complete the 12.42-mile, 156-corner course, which starts from 9,390 feet (2,860m) above sea level to 14,110 feet (4,300m), in just 12 minutes 35.61 seconds for an average speed of 59.17 mph (95.23 kph). The record-breaking Range Rover Sport was powered by a 510-PS 5.0-liter supercharged petrol V8 engine.
The vehicle was a production standard unit except for the roll cage and harness seatbelts that were installed to comply with racing safety requirements.
Piloting the Range Rover Sport on the record run was Pikes Peak specialist Paul Dallenbach. For the Sunday event, known as the Race to the Clouds, the Pace Car will be piloted by Gay Smith, a veteran motorsports competitor and an official for the contest.
He was the 1974 Rookie of the Year on Pikes Peak and has served on the event’s Board of Directors for 20 years. This year’s edition of the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb will be headlined by 157 competitors (70 cars and 87 motorcycles) coming from 16 nations.
Timed runs start on Sunday 30 June at 08.00 Mountain Daylight Time (BST – 7 hours, GMT – 6 hours). For the first time, the event is being broadcast to fans around the world via the Internet, on RedBull.TV.
Land Rover has gifted the new Range Rover Sport with a bold and progressive exterior that allows it to be identifiable with the latest Range Rover offerings. As designed, the new Range Rover Sport reinterprets the strong design DNA of the current model. It looks more contemporary and sleeker. Moreover, its sporting nature is enhanced by its sloping roofline.
With a length of 4,850 mm, the new Range Rover Sport is around 62 mm longer than the previous model, but is still shorter than most E segment saloons and other seven-seat SUVs. This means that the new Range Rover Sports remains easy to maneuver and easier to park. But since its wheelbase is longer by 178 mm than its predecessor, it offers more interior space and better access to the rear cabin. Compared to the model from which it was derived, the new Range Rover Sport is 149 mm shorter, 55 mm lower and 45 kg lighter.
A number of classic Range Rover Sport design cues have been given fresh interpretation in the newest iteration, like its hallmark clamshell bonnet, side fender vents and floating roof as well as dynamic wheel arch graphic, characteristic rocker moldings and horizontal body feature lines. Although the front end of the Range Rover Sport still managed to retain its powerful character, it now sports a more modern look, thanks to its rearward sloping grille, slimmer lights and more sculpted corners.