In a bid to demonstrate the exemplary towing capabilities of its most affordable product, the Land Rover Discovery Sport, the British SUV specialist subjected the car to 40 times its rated towing weight (60 times its own weight).
The SUV hauled a 100-tonne train (three carriages) along the privately owned Museumsbahn Stein am Rhein track in Switzerland for a distance of 10 km, crossing the river Rhine in the process.
Land Rover has retained the car in its stock set up but has added a set of rail wheels to aid stability on the track. As you can see in the video, the Discover Sport started to pull neatly and managed to sustain the tug throughout the test distance. Karl Richards, Lead Engineer for Stability Control Systems at JLR, describes this stunt as the most grueling test he even conducted in his career.
This particular model is powered by a 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine which is rated at 177 PS and 430 Nm of torque. The car’s electronic systems such as Terrain Response, All Terrain Progress Control, tow assist and tow hitch assist played a major role in making this stunt a success.
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The Land Rover Discover Sport is being sold in India with the older 2.2-litre diesel engine. The range starts at INR 46.1 lakhs (ex-showroom Mumbai, Pre-Octroi).