Land Rover pins its colours to the mast as race spon­sor

Yorkshire Post - Motoring - - NEWS -

LAND Rover’s three-year global spon­sor­ship of the Ex­treme Sail­ing Se­ries has been signed at a spe­cial cer­e­mony in Qing­dao, China.

The event was marked by the un­veil­ing of the Land Rover-branded Ex­treme 40 Cata­ma­ran, the liv­ery for which was cre­ated by the Land Rover de­sign team.

The Ex­treme 40 will be used as a view­ing plat­form for Land Rover cus­tomers to get as close as pos­si­ble to the rac­ing ac­tion. In ad­di­tion, it will give Land Rover the po­ten­tial to en­ter the cir­cuit later this year with a pro­fes­sional Race Team as a “wild­card en­try”.

Now in its sev­enth year, the Ex­treme Sail­ing Se­ries is con­tested by a fleet of Ex­treme 40 Cata­ma­rans. The Se­ries takes place in eight events – called Acts – staged in lo­ca­tions across the globe. Each Act takes place over four days and can in­clude match rac­ing, fleet rac­ing, straight line du­els and speed tri­als.

By way of a fun com­par­i­son, Land Rover has come up with some sim­i­lar­i­ties and dif­fer­ences be­tween the cata­ma­ran and the all-new Range Rover Sport.

The Ex­treme 40 is a one­off de­sign con­structed from car­bon fi­bre tip­ping the scales at 1,250kg, while the Range Rover Sport has light­weight alu­minium ar­chi­tec­ture weigh­ing in at 2,330kg .

The car is pow­ered by a 5.0 litre 510ps, su­per­charged V8 engine with a limited top speed of 155mph; the cata­ma­ran is driven by a main sail of 75msq with a top speed of 46mph.

Nought to 60mph has been mea­sured on the Range Rover Sport at less than five sec­onds. The Ex­treme 40 takes six sec­onds to reach 23mph.

The turn­ing cir­cle on the Range Rover is 12.3me­tres while that of the cata­ma­ran is a very com­pet­i­tive 15 me­tres.

Seat­ing num­bers 5 + 2 in the car and 5+1 on board, with the +1 be­ing a guest sailor.

Mark Cameron of Land Rover, who chris­tened the cata­ma­ran, said: “It is fit­ting to be­gin this spon­sor­ship in China as it is Land Rover’s largest sin­gle mar­ket for new ve­hi­cle sales and is at the cen­tre of our global strat­egy. We have al­ways con­sid­ered the sport of sail­ing and the phi­los­o­phy of Land Rover go hand in hand.”

TO THE EX­TREME: Land Rover is the new spon­sor of the Ex­treme Sail­ing Se­ries, and has launched an all-new Range Rover Sport, above.

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