Discovery Sport Challenges Snow Tunnel

This summer has been warm for Northern Europe. So warm in fact, it has posed a training problem for Laura Kaarainen, Finnish middle distance champion, and her team of six sled dogs. Land Rover sought to remedy this and helped transport her team of huskies in a Discovery Sport to the Vesileppis Ski Tunnel in Finland to train.

The Vesileppis Ski Tunnel is 115-ft below ground level and kept at 28.4 degrees Fahrenheit. It is so cold that the tunnel is able to maintain .8 inches of snow throughout the summer. 

While Laura Kaarainen and her team practiced, Land Rover thought it would be a perfect opportunity for the Discovery Sport to be put to the test. The Discovery Sport has a 286HP Ingenium 4-cylinder power engine, Intelligent all-wheel drive technology, and Terrain Response system1 to assist it with maneuvering the ski tunnel.

“Snow is one of the most demanding surfaces drivers will encounter during winter around the world and Discovery Sport proved to be as comfortable in these conditions as the dogs,” Karl Richards, Driver and Lead Engineer for Stability Control Systems at Jaguar Land Rover said. “Land Rover’s advanced Terrain Response technology and intelligent four-wheel drive system ensure our premium compact SUV is in a class of its own when it comes to off-road driving – whether you’ve got two legs or four.”

When the “teams” set off, they went in opposite directions. The dog sled team worked through the first incline then were able to pick up speed and maintain it, usually around 22 mph. The Discovery Sport was initially blocked by some ice blocks, so the wheel articulation and traction control systems came in handy and worked superbly. The teams fought hard, but in the end the Discovery Sport came in as the winner.

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Land Rover’s Newest Partners

Land Rover Dallas is excited to announce Land Rover’s partnership with start-ups Tyfone and SIMPLENIGHT as part of the Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator program, located in Portland, Oregon. These two start-ups will focus on personalizing consumer experiences and data security.

The Portland Tech Incubator program first opened in January of 2016. New start-up companies that work in automotive technology, connected car technologies, or mobility apply every quarter to partner with the program for six months. The program was initially expanded from the Jaguar Land Rover Open Software Technology Center that was established in July of 2014.

During the six month period, start-up companies have access to a variety of resources, support from Jaguar Land Rover’s global engineering teams, mentorship, and a designated workspace within the Portland facilities.

“We’re excited to have Tyfone and SIMPLENIGHT join our program, as we continue to explore heightening the security of transmitted data and creating customized experiences for Jaguar Land Rover customers,” Danielle Alexander, Jaguar Land Rover Tech Incubator General Manager, said. “We’re eager to collaborate with these two companies for the next six months as we see what opportunities there might be to apply these technologies for Jaguar Land Rover consumers in the future.”

SIMPLENIGHT works as a “global distribution platform for in-destination experiences including tours, dining, shows, events, attractions, transportation, nightlife, hotels and more.” SIMPLENIGHT has more than 500,000 bookable products all over the world.

Tyfone’s patented SideCard product brings the security of credit card chips to mobile phone payments. SideCard give customers access to “the highest level of security sufficient for militias grade applications without the need for complex passwords and enrollment.”

Jaguar Land Rover is excited to partner and collaborate with Tyfone and SIMPLENIGHT over the next six months. Over the next decade The Portland Tech Incubator program plans to work with 120 start-up companies.

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Land Rover Awards 5 Deserving Entrepreneurs

Land Rover Dallas is proud that Land Rover has partnered with The Prince’s Countryside Fund for the fourth year to loan out a Land Rover Discovery Sport for free to five young entrepreneurs to assist them with developing their rural careers.

The Prince’s Countryside Fund was established in 2010 by HRH The Prince of Wales to “enhance the prospects of family farm businesses and the quality of rural life.”

The winners of this award were chosen based on their dedication to making a difference in their communities, their passion, and their topnotch business plans. The winners’ award of a Discovery Sport was awarded at a ceremony at Loseley Park in Surrey, United Kingdom.

In addition to receiving their Discovery Sport, the winners received training in off-road and towing to help further them in their career field. This training prepared them for every weather condition and all terrains as well as taught them about the technologies available to them through their Discovery Sport.

“These young people are great advocates of the farming industry and their passion and dedication is a pleasure to see,” Scott Dicken, Jaguar Land Rover United Kingdom Marketing Director, said. “Their entrepreneurial spirit is also showing the diverse options within farming and just how exciting and multi-dimensional a career in agriculture can be.”

The Land Rover Discovery Sport is easily the best option for rural life. It’s all-terrain abilities and performance outshine the competition. The Discovery Sport has a towing capacity of up to 4,409 lbs. When Trailer Stability Assist technology is added customers have absolute confidence in towing and maneuvering any load.

The Discovery Sport’s 4-cylinder 2.0-liter engine is made of Land Rover’s revered lightweight aluminum. The engine comes equipped with advanced turbocharging and independent variable  valve timing. This helps lower how much fuel is consumed.

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