Ben Saunders and Minna Sillankorva Tackled Down The Arctic Silverstone Challenge [VIDEO]
Land Rover Ambassador and polar explorer, Ben Saunders, decided to swap his shoes with winter tires for his Range Rover Sport SVR and to put this change to the test near the Arctic Circle. There is also a new film released by Land Rover that shows the journey of the famous adventurer from ice driving beginner to experienced professional in Sweden on a full-scale replica of the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
And with special instruction by the experienced driver and former rally champion, Minna Sillankorva, Ben tackles the challenge of driving on ice with the Land Rover's performance-oriented flagship, Range Rover Sport that produces 550hp (404kW) through its V8 power unit. In fact the machine is capable to go from 0 to 100km/h (62mph) in just 4.5 seconds and is the first model to use the SVR designation that will be adopted by future Land Rover and Jaguar performance-oriented vehicles.
But the titanic power is not the only thing that makes the vehicle so interesting. It also features enhanced all-terrain performance upgrades, including Terrain Response system that automatically tailors a range of vehicle's settings to fit the road conditions. Also, the four-wheel drive system with two-speed transfer case and 50/50 percent torque split delivers unmatched capability and flexibility.
Another sweet system that aids Ben in his adventure is Land Rover's Torque Vectoring: it constantly balances the distribution of engine torque between the four wheels during cornering which eventually improves grip, stability and steering response. This system also monitors the vehicle via Dynamic Stability Control module. When it accelerates in corners, the system uses special sensors to detect the onset of understeer.
Source: Land Rover