Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) recently demonstrated the towing capability of its Land Rover Discovery Sport SUV, which pulled three railway coaches weighing over a 100-tonne. The 10-km journey along the railway track commenced through the Rhine region of northern Switzerland, witnessing the 935-feet long Hemishofen Bridge built over the Rhine River. The Discovery Sport used for the purpose was equipped with rail wheels by Aquarius Railroad Technologies that acted as stabilisers. The stunt was designed by Land Rover engineers, with a similar task being done over two decades back in 1989 with the Discovery I.
The Discovery Sport used for the stunt came powered by a 177 hp, diesel engine that develops a peak torque output of 430 Nm. Power is sent to the wheels of the SUV via a nine-speed automatic transmission. The vehicle has a maximum certified towing weight of 2.5 tonnes but it was able to pull 60 times its own weight, the company noted. Other factors that helped the vehicle achieve this task were its numerous towing and traction technologies on offer including Terrain Response, Tow Assist, Tow Hitch Assist and All-Terrain Progress Control.
Karl Richards, Lead Engineer for Stability Control Systems, JLR, said towing is in Land Rover’s DNA, and the Discovery Sport is no exception. “Over the years, we have introduced game-changing towing technologies to take the stress out of towing for our customers,” he added.