Tech helps Disco pull train

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Land Rover stopped peo­ple in their tracks in June this year as a Dis­cov­ery Sport SUV towed three lux­ury train car­riages weigh­ing 108 tonnes for 10 kms along a rail­way track in Switzer­land. Though the Dis­cov­ery Sport has a cer­ti­fied max­i­mum tow­ing weight of 2,500kg it was able to pull 60 times its own weight, thanks in part to Jaguar Land Rover’s new 132kW In­ge­nium diesel en­gine pro­vid­ing 430Nm of torque and Land Rover’s port­fo­lio of tow­ing and trac­tion tech­nolo­gies such as Ter­rain Re­sponse, Tow As­sist, Tow Hitch As­sist and All Ter­rain Progress Con­trol. In use these be­come a semi­au­tonomous off-road (or on-rail in this case) driv­ing sys­tem that au­to­mat­i­cally man­ages en­gine out­put and brak­ing. chil­dren each year. The plant in­cludes cut­tingedge man­u­fac­tur­ing tech­nolo­gies and has the most ad­vanced Emis­sions The feat co­in­cided with the Dis­cov­ery Sport be­ing an­nounced win­ner of the 1,700-1,899kg class at the Tow Car Awards in the UK, with the Land Rover Dis­cov­ery named ‘ Tow Car of the Decade’. The stunt echoes a sim­i­lar one per­formed in 1989 for the launch of the orig­i­nal Dis­cov­ery model. The ve­hi­cle’s driv­e­train re­mained un­changed; the only mod­i­fi­ca­tion be­ing the fit­ment of rail wheels by spe­cial­ists Aquarius Rail­road Tech­nolo­gies, to act as sta­bilis­ers. Un­like the 1989 Dis­cov­ery tow, Dis­cov­ery Sport com­pleted the im­pres­sive pull with­out the aid of lowrange gears, in­stead us­ing its nine-speed au­to­matic gear­box and Ter­rain Re­sponse Con­form­ity and Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion fa­cil­ity in South Amer­ica. Jaguar Land Rover has had a pres­ence in the Brazil­ian mar­ket for more than 25 years. tech­nol­ogy to gen­er­ate the nec­es­sary trac­tion. Land Rover has a his­tory of rail con­ver­sions, from the days of the Se­ries II and IIA Land Rover to the var­i­ous De­fender mod­els that have Brazil is one of Jaguar Land Rover’s top 15 mar­kets and the Range Rover Evoque, Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Dis­cov­ery are the strong­est sell­ing ve­hi­cles in the coun­try. been mod­i­fied to run on rails for main­te­nance. You can see the Dis­cov­ery Sport tow­ing a train across the Hem­ishofen bridge at: youtu.be/ l8rQEQAeET8

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