Range Rover SUV climbs 999 steps on the 'stairway to heaven'

Range Rover Sport PHEV the 1st SUV to Scale Heaven's Gate in China

The Land Rover Range Rover Sport was the beneficiary just recently of design and technology updates, including plug-in hybrid technology in a new version that is set to hit the Canadian market this summer as a 2019 model.

Specifically, their plan was to negotiate the mountain road's 99 bends, followed by the 999 steps, which were sloped at 45 degree angle, thus finally leading to the natural fissure and of course a breath-taking spectacle of a summit known as Heaven's Gate.

Sound hard? Not for Land Rover who recently rose up to the challenge. In this most recent adventure, a Range Rover Sport PHEV tackles Tianmen Mountain in China and makes the treacherous climb to the summit. "The Range Rover Sport PHEV performed brilliantly as it inspired real confidence on the mountain road and climbed the stairs up to Heaven's Gate effortlessly", Tung said.

Piloted by Formula E test driver Ho-Pin Tung, the auto first had to endure a seven-mile mountain road - with 99 corners, named the "Dragon Road".

Accused Killer Claims Victim Hired Him to Do It on Craigslist
Lopez said he used a gun that Bollinger gave him, which she said he could keep as payment, according to the affidavit. An autopsy found she was shot in the head and had a potentially lethal amount of heroin in her system.

Second US judge blocks Trump administration from ending DACA program
The Supreme Court on Friday is due to consider whether to take up the administration's appeal of the San Francisco ruling. "Because that conclusion was erroneous, the decision to end the DACA program can not stand", he said.

Grace and Frankie: Season Five Renewal Announced by Netflix; RuPaul to Guest
Fonda replied: 'Yup, 2019, You want in??' and Tomlin adding: 'Let's do this!' Fonda plays Grace and Tomlin plays Frankie. And what can fans expect from season five? Additionally, RuPaul has booked a guest star stint on the new season.

The challenge itself began at the bottom of the 11.3-km Tianmen Mountain Road (also called Dragon Road) which leads directly to Heaven's Gate.

Watch the above video to see the Range Rover Sport complete the Dragon Challenge. The Range Rover Sport was equipped with the Terrain Response system and placed in "Dynamic" mode.

"I've experienced Formula E, Formula 1 and won at the 24 Hours of Le Mans", said Ho-Pin.

Land Rover tapped Panasonic Jaguar Racing's Ho-Pin Tung to make the run, and outfitted the Range Rover Sport with reinforced tires to deal with the punishment they would receive on their way up the steps. In its debut challenge, the PHEV raced two-time open-water swimming world champion Keri-anne Payne and endurance athlete Ross Edgley in Devon, UK. The manufacturer took on the Pikes Peak hill climb in 2013 using a petrol Range Rover Sport, setting a record time for production SUVs.

Related:

  • Stocks for Your Case: Kinder Morgan, Inc. (KMI), Exxon Mobil Corporation (XOM)

    Acropolis Invest Ltd Limited Liability Company has invested 0.11% in Kinder Morgan, Inc. (NYSE:KMI) for 20,600 shares. (NYSE:KMI). The fund owned 401,054 shares of the pipeline company's stock after purchasing an additional 4,585 shares during the quarter.
    Stone Brewing Sues MillerCoors for Swiping 'Stone' Brand

    Stone Brewing Sues MillerCoors for Swiping 'Stone' Brand

    Stone Brewing company is suing MillerCoors , claiming its recent Keystone rebrand is too close to their company name. Stone Brewery, ninth largest craft brewer in the United States, is taking the second largest beer maker to court.

    Still Listen to Stock Analysts?: Mylan NV (MYL)

    In other news, EVP Lisa Bisaccia sold 29,445 shares of the firm's stock in a transaction that occurred on Thursday, December 21st. A number of other institutional investors and hedge funds have also recently added to or reduced their stakes in the business.
  • LeBron James has career advice for Trae Young

    LeBron James has career advice for Trae Young

    In fact, most experts and analysts are projecting him to be a top-ten pick . Young will nearly certainly be a lottery pick.
    Traders to sue Coincheck over frozen crypto withdrawals

    Traders to sue Coincheck over frozen crypto withdrawals

    In addition, he told those assembled that the company is considering capital alliances with other exchanges. A refund date would be announced soon, he related.
    Ford to increase vehicle production, invest $25M at Kentucky Truck Plant

    Ford to increase vehicle production, invest $25M at Kentucky Truck Plant

    Instead, assembly-line workers are getting boatloads of overtime and working voluntary weekends to keep up with the huge demand. It's also spent an additional $25 million upgrading its Kentucky Truck Plant to speed up the production line.
  • Venkaiah Naidu wishes on Maha Shivratri

    Venkaiah Naidu wishes on Maha Shivratri

    Being a major festival, people love to celebrate the auspicious day by sending warm wishes to their family and friends. According to another legend , on Maha Shivratri Lord Shiva drank the poisonous negativity to protect the world.

    Evaluating Insider Trading And Ownership For American Express Company (AXP)

    The payment services company reported $1.58 earnings per share for the quarter, topping the consensus estimate of $1.54 by $0.04. The investor is now holding $49.17 million shares due in part to a decrease of 5.02 million new shares in their portfolio.
    Trump's ICE ramped up arrests of non-criminal immigrants in 2017

    Trump's ICE ramped up arrests of non-criminal immigrants in 2017

    Rich Stolz, of the OneAmerican non-profit group, said the arrest sends a message that immigrants can not safely call police. Luis Cortes , Macarreno's attorney, says police asked for Macarreno's idenfitication while filling out their report .
  • Bagpipes Get in the Way of Romantic Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert

    Bagpipes Get in the Way of Romantic Red Hot Chili Peppers Concert

    The tickets arrived a month later, and neither one of them noticed the mistake until three days before the trip. The Red Hot Chili Peppers were not in Belfast and aren't touring again until South America in March .

    First Data Corporation (NYSE:FDC) Analyst's Long Term Pick

    Unusual volume can be a major signal that investment gurus and momentum traders are piling into a stock ahead of a catalyst. This is the price at which the trader or investor wants to exit his existing position so he can realize the most reward.
    Now Victoria Beckham Says There Won't Be A Spice Girls Reunion

    Now Victoria Beckham Says There Won't Be A Spice Girls Reunion

    It's only been a few days since we learned that the Spice Girls were seemingly going on tour. A later photo also showed all five original Spice Girls with former manager Simon Fuller .

Comments

Latest news

Seal's Sexual Battery Case Thrown Out
It looks as if the singer will not face legal repercussions, however, as the Los Angeles district attorney has thrown out the case.

Microsoft to use blockchain to build decentralised identities
A public blockchain guarantees that the base layer of the identity protocols is sufficiently decentralized and incorruptible. Apps and services will then be able to obtain your identity by interacting with the service and requesting your consent.

New 'Star Wars' Spinoff Rumored to Start Filming in 2019
We just can't stop, won't stop hoping that somewhere down the line, we'll be getting that long-awaited Obi-Wan spinoff film. With that level of success, the House of the Mouse is eager to delve deeper into the mythology of the Galaxy Far, Far Away.

Scripps Networks Interactive, Inc. (SNI) Analysts See $1.25 EPS
Nordea Investment Management AB increased its holdings in shares of Scripps Networks Interactive by 3.4% in the second quarter. The firm has "Neutral" rating given on Friday, August 14 by Citigroup. (NYSE:VTR) on Friday, October 27 with "Hold" rating.

Hodges Capital Management Inc. Trims Holdings in Morgan Stanley (MS)
Also, Director Alistair Darling sold 3,850 shares of the stock in a transaction that occurred on Friday, November 24th. Following the sale, the director now owns 14,218 shares of the company's stock, valued at approximately $700,805.22.

Tommy Wiseau Becomes The Joker in Fan-Made Teaser Trailer
While Wiseau is not likely to land the title role going up against a name like Joaquin Phoenix , stranger things have happened. Tommy Wiseau is still campaigning to headline the Joker Origin Movie , and now we have some idea of what that might look like.

LeBron James to Produce New Line's House Party Reboot
It follows a group of high school kids as they throw - you guessed it - a house party that unexpectedly spirals out of control. James is good friends with Drake , and SpringHill is already collaborated with the rapper on two projects.

CFPB Releases 2018-22 Strategic Plan
Goal 3: Foster operational excellence through efficient and effective processes, governance, and security of resources and information. .

ICE grants deportation stay to father of 5-year-old leukemia patient
His U.S. citizen wife is pregnant with their sixth child, and his five-year-old son Jayden is battling leukemia. He had checked in regularly with ICE until December, at which time he was told he was being deported.

142nd Westminster Dog Show will feature Triangle judges
Heart, still restless from all the fanfare, sat next to Brennan, her black fur shining under the lights at Pier 94 in NY . Television coverage of the show is scheduled for 8 tonight, February 12, on Fox Sports 1 .

SpaceX to launch prototype Starlink satellites for global internet — GeekWire
The Falcon 9 rocket carrying the payload is expected to lift off from the Vandenberg Air Force Base at 6:17am PT on February 17. The FCC granted SpaceX a license in November to launch this pair of satellites as part of a test mission.

US Soccer Taps New President Amid Turmoil
After a long, contentious, and well-contested election the US Soccer Federation (USSF) begins a new era with Carlos Cordeiro . The second round of voting saw Cordeiro inch up to 41.8 percent of the vote, while Carter dropped slightly to 33.3 percent.

Dodgers' Utley returning for 16th season
"Particularly at second base, we do have a multitude of options there, so we're kind of going through the baseball fit". The two then split time the rest of the season with Utley getting most of his at-bats against right-handed pitchers.

Step Up Oklahoma plan, proposed tax hikes fail in Oklahoma House
House Bill 1033 would impose additional taxes on tobacco, oil and gas production, diesel fuel, and wind energy. As hopes for a $5,000 pay raise disintegrated before their eyes, teachers filed away quietly from the gallery.

Moody's (MCO) Given New $161.00 Price Target at BMO Capital Markets
Altimeter Capital Management Lp bought 1.02 million shares as the company's stock declined 19.70% while stock markets rallied. The business services provider reported $1.51 EPS for the quarter, topping analysts' consensus estimates of $1.33 by $0.18.

Other news