With years of Land Rover engineering expertise built in and having been put through its paces in a seriously tough testing programme, it quickly proved it really is built for anything. Perfectly complementing the power of the V8 5.0l Supercharged engine, Torque Vectoring by Braking constantly monitored the vehicle’s steering wheel angle and reduced power by applying the relevant brakes to keep it on track. The vehicle handled everything the mountain threw at it.
Man vs Mountain
With the Inferno Challenge throwing up some of nature’s toughest challenges, Ben made use of the many driver assist technologies at his fingertips. Torque Vectoring by Braking helped feed the right amount of power to each wheel as and when it was needed on the descent. Terrain Response 2 with Dynamic Mode were both activated to ensure the vehicle could quickly adapt to the ever-changing ground beneath it. Even when the ground stopped and flowing waters and rocky streams replaced it, Ben was able to make use of the Rock Crawl setting to keep the vehicle moving swiftly in a controlled fashion.
Whatever the Weather
At an altitude of 2,970 metres the weather can be unpredictable, to say the least.
At the start of the challenge and at the summit of the mountain, the starting temperature was zero degrees, which meant Ben and the vehicle immediately hit ice and sleet, all whilst hurtling down the mountainside at a gradient of up to 60 percent.
But it didn’t end where the descent began; in fact on the way down into the Kanonenrohr Valley, fog and mist patches made for poor visibility and continuing rain reduced grip on the already tricky path as temperatures increased to a more favourable 18 degrees.