Range Rover Sport Will Be The Official Pace Car For The 91st Pikes Peak International Hill ClimbWednesday, Jun. 12 2013
Colorado Springs, June 12——– The new Range Rover Sport will be the Official Pace Car for the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb on June 30.
Veteran driver Paul Dallenbach, who has won four Pikes Peak titles in 19 years on the mountain and entered this year in the Time Attack Division in Rhys Millen’s record-smashing Hyundai Genesis Coupe, recently set a new record on Pikes Peak for a production-standard Sport Utility Vehicle behind the wheel of a Range Rover Sport with a clocking of 12:35.61, an average speed of 59.17 MPH over the 12.42 mile course with 156 turns. Dallenbach’s record run was timed and sanctioned by the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
The new record was set by Dallenbach, driving a Range Rover Sport with a 510HP 5.0-litre supercharged V8 engine, the vehicle altered from production specification only in the fitment of a roll cage and harness seatbelts to meet racing safety requirements.
Paul Dallenbach Set The Record In The Range Rover Sport
Dallenbach said, “There’s no margin for error at Pikes Pike – you only need to misjudge one of those 156 turns and you’re into the trees or over the edge of the mountain. To take on this place the way I did today, you need complete confidence in your vehicle, and the Range Rover Sport sure gave me that – it’s fast, responsive and agile. I was able to place the car exactly where I wanted it on the road to keep to the optimum high-speed lines through corners. This is a hugely capable vehicle and I’m proud to have been part of demonstrating that by setting a new Pikes Peak record.”
Developed alongside the highly-acclaimed Range Rover, the all-new Range Rover Sport delivers the brand’s best-ever on-road dynamics together with class-leading, genuine Land Rover all-terrain capability, while presenting customers with a more assertive and muscular exterior, more luxurious interior and the flexibility provided by the option of occasional third row seating.
Exploiting Land Rover’s breakthrough lightweight suspension design and innovative dynamic chassis technologies, the all-new Range Rover Sport’s first-in-class aluminium architecture achieves a weight saving of more than 800lbs.