Keeping the engine breathing while the Range Rover wades at up to 900mm set an elaborate challenge for chief project engineer Alex Heslop and his team.
“The outgoing Range Rover was class-leading at 750mm and its vents are on the side (of the bodywork),” he says.
“This one breathes through the gap between the headlamp and the bonnet.
“The air is forced at different speeds through a channel between the bonnet’s inner and outer panels, then goes into a couple of funnels — we call them the Queen Marys — into the induction channel, then through noise reduction and water traps.”
The dry air joins the output from the intercoolers ... but that involves yet another plumbing trick. Due mid-2014 ENGINE 4.4-litre V8 twin turbo, 250kW/700Nm TRANSMISSION 8-speed auto; 4WD THIRST 8.7L/100km, 229g/km CO2