In a stunt organized to exhibit the pulling power of the Land Rover Discovery Sport, engineers tethered the SUV to a passenger train in the Rhine region of northern Switzerland. The certified towing power oft the Land Rover Discover Sport is set at 5,000 lbs.
The Land Rover Discover Sport is equipped with semi-autonomous driving technology as well as a 177 hp Ingenium diesel engine. According to a press release, no alterations to the drivetrain were made. The only alteration was the “fitment of rail wheels by specialists Aquarius Railroad Technologies, to act as ‘stabilizers'”, stated the press release. In addition, the Discovery Sport only used a 9-speed automatic gearbox and Terrain Response technology during the pull. No low-range gears were used.
The compact SUV pulled the train for a little over six miles across the Museumsbahn Stein am Rhein in Switzerland. The journey included a trek across the River Rhine on the Hemishofen bridge. Te bridge is 935 long and 85 feet above the ground. It is considered a historic bridge constructed completely of steel. You can check out the intriguing footage in the video below:
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