A world record has been set, following the historical climb of an electric Range Rover Sport to the Heaven’s Gate summit. The vehicle has become the very first off-roader to ascend the death-defying stairway of 999 steps at an angle of 45-degrees.
The stunt features the new Range Rover Sport P400e, which was driven by Jaguar Formula E racer Ho-Pin Tung. Deemed to be the “hardest Range Rover Sport challenge” ever filmed, all Land Rover engineers were keen to prove the power and capability of the plug-in version. They want to show the world that the new make is just as equally adept off-road as the conventional diesel and petrol-powered siblings.
The death-defying challenge features the infamous Tianmen Mountain Road.
The Dragon Challenge finds an electric Range Rover Sport in an epic climb to the titular Heaven’s Gate Summit.
The challenge started at the bottom of the legendary Tianmen Mountain Road, which is also known as the Dragon Road. Hence the challenge was called the Dragon Challenge. Infamous for dozens of deaths and accidents, the serpentine seven-mile road features 99 treacherous turns and spins that look like a dragon’s tail.
The plug-in version was driven by none other than Ho-Pin Tung, a professional Formula E racer.
The Tianment Mountain Road is consists of 99 dangerous turns.
But the main event was the climbing of the 45-degree angle staircase that boasts a total of 999 steps. It leads from the aforementioned road all to the way to the peak of China’s breathtaking Heaven’s Gate. The vehicle was equipped with a combination of electric battery and petrol power.
The historical climb was achieved in just less than 23 minutes, with Ho-Pin Tung taking control of the wheel. The people, who were featured in the footage, were skeptical at first. They initially thought that the stunt itself was “impossible” and that no vehicle could ever grace the “stairway to Heaven.”
The idea was to conquer the 999 steps leading to the breathtaking Heaven’s Gate summit.
The new Range Rover Sport is capable of running on zero-emmision electric power.
Despite being a professional, Ho-Pin Tung himself admitted that the feat could be deadly for him.
In fact, the driver was warned by his colleagues and the authorities. That the feat was not only “crazy” and “unheard of,” but it could also mean his death. “If he crashes, he will die,” one of them said. Fortunately, he emerged victorious on the top of the peak.
Even the authorities suggested that the challenge itself was “impossible.”
Well, apparently, that was not the case.
Following his victory, Ho-Pin Tung said:
I’m still shaking. The adrenalin is something I’ve never experienced before. The mountain very generously gave us one shot to make it up here.
I’ve experienced Formula E, Formula 1 and won at the 24 Hours of Le Mans but this was without doubt one of the most demanding driving challenges I’ve ever faced.
The driver was victorious and appeared to be stoked.
For Ho-Pin Tung, the Dragon Challenge was “the most demanding driving challenges” he had ever faced.
Of course, when it comes to vehicles, great power comes with great price. The Solihull-built 4X4 is said to have a market price of more or less £70,800. Interestingly, it is capable of running on zero-emission electric power (though only for up to 31 miles) and can be fully charged from the mains in just under three hours.
Watch the entire footage of the Dragon Challenge below:
Woman Climbs Into X-Ray Machine After Refusing To Leave Her Handbag To Security Checks
She doesn’t want to be separated from her belongings.
A woman caused a commotion at a train station in China after she got into the x-ray machine during routine security checks. According to a local report, the woman was worried about leaving her handbag and other stuff through the conveyor belt.
When she was asked to surrender her handbag for inspection, she refused to part with it and instead climbed into the machine. Naturally, the security staff was shocked to see a figure of a person on the monitor.
This woman refuses to be separated from her belongings at a train station security check.
It is believed she worried about having her things stolen.
Mother In Hot Water After She Abandons Pleading 5-Year-Old Daughter On Street
Poor little girl! She seemed very frightened.
A mother in Brazil faces child abuse charges when she was filmed abandoning her five-year-old daughter on the street. A witness has filmed the scenario as the little girl pleads her mother not to leave her alone.
The child was crying and pleading for her mother to let her in the car. However, the mother ignored the cries of her daughter and drove off.
During the commotion, the mother was seen replying to the pleas of the young girl but it's unclear what she was saying.
Clinging to the vehicle, the girl frantically bangs on the window while wailing to be let in.
Guy Shaves His Butt Hair and It Goes Horribly Wrong!
Now he’s warning others to NEVER do it.
We’ve all contemplated important questions in life such as “Are we alone in the universe?”, “What is the purpose of life?”, and, of course, the most important of all – “Why do we have hair on our butts?”
Yes, most of us have wondered about that and whether you admit it or not, you have probably felt tempted to shave all those pesky hair off. I know I have but so far, I never actually did it. Guess I’m just too lazy!
Well for those who are really serious about the thought, allow us to give a warning before you reach for your razor blade – or you might end up regretting it.