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Range Rover Sport Takes Down The “Dragon Challenge”

Many times, in the name of making a vehicle stand out amongst all of its competitors, automakers will do all that they can to put on a show. In plenty of situations, the show will make its way to advertising, really giving us, the consumers, a memorable moment to bite down into and picture ourselves being a part of. Just because most are never going to drive their Range Rover upward at 45° on steps doesn’t mean that Range Rover themselves can’t try and take it on. In fact, when we first saw all that has to go into this one, we found ourselves cheering on the SUV as it attempted to make that hellacious ascent.

The Dragon challenge is a sequence of challenging endeavors that would strike fear into most drivers. After all, being thrown through 999 turns before taking 99 steps at such an incline would be something that the vast majority of people would probably struggle to even build up the nerve to try and do. After all, with such a steep incline, losing traction really does leave the driver at the liberty of gravity. At that point, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near something this big tumbling down the steps, let alone being inside of it. As one could imagine, when tackling the challenge, this is when the intensity really starts to build.

“Tianmen Mountain Road in the Hunan Province of China incorporates a dizzying 99 hairpin bends along the 11.3km of mountainside road. At the summit, this road leads towards 999 steps, all of which lead to Heaven’s Gate, a natural rock arch in the mountainside, mythically thought to be a link between the mortal world and the world of the gods.” –LandRover.com

Following along with the clip below will take you inside of this amazing feat that has the Range Rover conquering the obstacles at hand which is a lot easier said than done. Someone would have to be either pretty insane or incredibly confident and their driving abilities in order to even think about taking on a climb like this. We get the feeling that this driver brings to the table a little bit of both of those traits.


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