Wet dream car: the Range Rover (Water) Sport

Iceland. A flooded dam drain. Ripping flash floods shooting down into the valley at 750 tonnes per minute. And in the middle of it all, the Range Rover Sport blithely celebrates its world premiere. Any questions?
Text Alfred Rzyski
Photo Land Rover

When we spot James Bond stunt driver Jessica Hawkins behind the wheel of the new Range Rover Sport on this day in Iceland, we already suspect that this would be no ordinary world premiere. And it wasn't. Ms Hawkins is wearing a helmet. And she is on a dangerous mission. Her mission: by means of grip, traction and power, she had to climb up a 294-metre-long dam drain and defy the force of the water thundering down to the valley. Mission Impossible?

Not for the Range Rover Sport. The most technically advanced and powerful member of the range can handle 750 tonnes of water per minute like drizzle. The particularly steep dam run-off at the Karahnjukar reservoir finally formed the new Range Rover Sport's final hurdle on the drive from the valley to the top of the dam. The road led through a flooded riverbed, through long and steep tunnels and over the 40-degree steep dam wall itself. Or as Land Rover would probably say: Everyday life.

By the way, with this stunt in Iceland, the Range Rover Sport continues a spectacular series: In the past, there was already a record drive on the legendary mountain race track at Pikes Peak in the USA. Or through the "Empty Quarter" in the Rub al-Chali desert on the Arabian Peninsula. In 2018, the Range Rover Sport also became the first vehicle to climb the 999 steps to the "Gate of Heaven" on Tianmen Mountain in China.


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