Range Rover Sport ‘ski run’ TV ad

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Im­pressed ( go on, ad­mit it, you were)) by the Range Rover Sport ad shown on TV here in Fe­bru­ary?

You know, the one where a bloke blasts down a ski slope in what looks like a stan­dard rasp­berry red Range Rover Sport?

Even if you are not, there’s a de­cent enough story be­hind the ad for any­one into four- wheel­ing.

Switzer­land’s In­ferno Mür­ren is one of the oldest and most chal­leng­ing down­hill ski runs in the world and it was cho­sen ( in the off-sea­son!) by Range Rover to show­case the off- road abil­i­ties of the Ter­rain Re­sponse- equipped Sport model.

Speeds of up to 155 km/ h, 75 per­cent gra­di­ents and a 2,170 me­tre de­scent over a 14.9 km course were all part of the chal­lenge ac­cepted by Top Gear’s most fa­mous ex- Stig, race and stunt driver Ben Collins, who com­pleted it in a time of 21min 36sec.

“This was gen­uinely one of the hardest tests I’ve faced in my driv­ing ca­reer,” said Collins af­ter­wards. “The route was in­sane and cer­tainly the tough­est course I’ve ever com­pleted. It chal­lenged you with ev­ery kind of ob­sta­cle this side of molten lava and as con­di­tions go, it was about as bad as it gets – tor­ren­tial weather mixed with cliffs, trees, all kinds of stuff you don’t re­ally want to crash into.

“The key to the run was pre­ci­sion: be­ing able to main­tain speed and carry that speed down the hill in the way the skiers can do, carv­ing through the turns, and I couldn’t have asked for a bet­ter ma­chine to do the job.”

As the TV ad shows, the treach­er­ous moun­tain course tested the Range Rover Sport’s ca­pa­bil­ity with ice and sleet at the top, where Collins reached 120km/ h, and fog and wet grass at the bot­tom, where he hit 155km/ h.

The feat was achieved in a Range Rover Sport with a 510PS 5.0- litre su­per­charged V8 petrol en­gine, stan­dard apart from the es­sen­tial safety ad­di­tions of a roll cage and af­ter­mar­ket t yres.

A film doc­u­ment­ing the chal­lenge is avail­able to view at www.youtube.com/ watch? v= AzNOXjpr_ i4

Yep, parts of it were that steep!

As seen on TV, Range Rover Sport at the bot­tom of the In­ferno Mür­ren ski run.

And about to start the 14.9km down­hill chal­lenge.

Skill of The Stig… driver Ben Collins.

..And this tight.

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