Land Rover has released a promotional video where they drive a Range Rover Sport down the Inferno ski course in Switzerland maxing out at 154km/h.
Land Rover took one of their stock Range Rover Sport SUVs to Switzerland, parked it on top of a hill and called called Ben Collins, who was previously called The Stig from the popular British car show, Top Gear and asked him to drive down the 7,000 feet inferno ski course just to prove a point. And to make things interesting, he had to do it against the clock.
The course on which the car was driven is the world longest downhill ski race called “the Inferno” which has been held in the Mürren village since 1928 in Switzerland. The entire length of the ski course is 14.9 kilometres long, which begins in the small village of Schilthorn, 7,000 ft above sea and goes all the way down to 2,600ft in such a small distance therefore features gradients as steep at 75 percent.
Collins would have a near stock 510hp supercharged V8 in a Range Rover Sport which was fitted with a roll cage to keep the driver safe, and had the air bags disabled as they wouldn’t have space to inflate due to the small safety modification, in addition to reinforced tyres. On his way down the course, Collins would have to drive down the course with the peak covered in snow and ice, slushy tracks, wet grass, cliffs, rocks, and large boulders, which in comparison to the size of Collins’ gonads, seemed to be mere stone chips.
The fastest time ever recorded around the entire course by a skier is 13 minutes and 20 seconds. Collins managed to drive down the entire slope in 21 minutes and 36 seconds and reached while reaching a top speed of the course of 154km/h.
You can vide the promotional video below, in addition Land Rover has also released a behind the scenes video as well insisting that no CGI was used in the making of this stunt film.
Land Rover does have a long history of making stunt films with their SUVs in as realistic forms as possible. Some of the iconic videos include driving up a rover dam in a Defender, or driving an Evoque on a skating park, even a huge loop.