BAR Team Prepares for America’s Cup

Land Rover BAR has started the process to get ready for the America’s Cup that starts in May in Bermuda.

The boat the BAR team will be using was named ‘Rita’ by Sir Ben Ainslie’s wife Lady Georgie Ainslie and his daughter Bellatrix. Sir Ben has used boats named ‘Rita’ throughout his career, making sure the BAR team is using a winning pedigree.

Jaguar Land Rover is the United Kingdom’s biggest automotive research, development, and engineering investor. The same technology and skills that are used to develop the newest Jaguar Land Rover models are the same technology and skills that are used by Land Rover BAR to help the boat go faster.

“This process of two-way engineering and our wider STEM program across the business has enabled us to develop, learn, and provide our capabilities to the BAR team,” Tony Harper, Director of Research at Jaguar Land Rover, said. “We developed indLandustry-first aerodynamic testing to support the wingsail design which you can see on the final boat here today. From the success of this project, and with our knowledge of analysis and construction of light-weight vehicles, we have also supported the structural design of the daggerboards – the surfboard-style structure underneath the boat that allow it to fly and keep it stable when out of the water.”

Sir Ben Ainslie, the team principal and skipper, also had positive things to say about the boat and the BAR team leading up to the America’s Cup.

“It’s a great moment to see our race boat Rita hit the water in Bermuda. The launch represents the sum of all the team’s efforts to bring the America’s Cup home, and we’re delighted to get her in the water here in Bermuda,” Sir Ben Ainslie says. “We’re a start-up team, and we had to build not just the boat but the design and engineering team, the facilities and the processes to get to this point today. There are just a few short months before the racing starts at the end of May, and we will be working very hard now on the final development and testing of this boat to make sure we are ready for the racing.”

The America’s Cup qualifying rounds start May 26, 2017. The final will take place at the end of June.

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New Land Rover Coupe?

Is Land Rover debuting a new coupe-like SUV to compete the BMW X6 and Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe? It looks like it!

A coupe vehicle has been spotted that closely resembles Land Rover’s Range Rover. Some people have been referring to it as a Grand Range Rover Evoque or a Range Rover Sport Coupe. This means Land Rover is adding another coupe to its lineup. They already have the Range Rover Evoque Coupe.

The original Range Rover began in the 1960s with 26 pre-production models that were given Velar badges to hide their identity. Velar is derived from the Italian word ‘velare’ that means to ‘veil’ or ‘cover’. Velar is also made of letters from the ‘Land Rover’ badge that is shown on the front and rear of each vehicle. It has been rumored that Land Rover’s new coupe-like SUV will get the Velar name.

The design of the Land Rover coupe-like SUV is similar to the Range Rover Evoque, but a little larger. It also shares some resemblance to the Range Rover Sport, specifically the sloped roof, but in the coupe-like SUV the roof sits much lower. This would get rid of the 3rd row seat that is an option for the standard Range Rover Sport. It is expected to have a similar aluminum body to the Jaguar F-PACE.

Keeping with Land Rover’s current set up, the coupe-like SUV should have an option to choose a 4 or 6 cylinder engine. The 6 cylinder engine will most likely be standard on the vehicle in the United States.

Land Rover has not yet announced this vehicle, but it is expected to debut sometime this year (possibly at the Geneva auto show in March) and start being sold as a 2018 model.

Only time will tell, hopefully sooner than later.

Range Rover Showcases Speed

Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport SVR is easily one of the most versatile SUV’s on the market. With Land Rover’s passion to create luxury vehicles without comprising performance, you really cannot go wrong.

Recently, Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations put the Land Rover Range Rover Sport SVR through a series of tests on several different terrains. The goal was to highlight the outstanding performance and capability of the standard Range Rover Sport SVR by seeing how long it took to go from 0-100kph. The different terrains included asphalt, grass, gravel, snow, mud, and sand.

The Range Rover Sport SVR used Michelin 275/45 R21 All-Season tires and the Land Rover Terrain Response 2 system. Both of these come standard with the Range Rover Sport SVR.

The Range Rover Sport SVR was taken to six different locations in Europe, all different terrains, to test its performance and the capability of the Terrain Response 2 system. When the Terrain Response 2 system is in use it will automatically select the best driving conditions for the appropriate terrain. You are also able to manually select a mode if you see a different condition coming ahead.

The first test was asphalt. The Range Rover Sport SVR was tested on the Rockingham Motor Speedway in Corby, UK. The Dynamic mode was used, and the Range Rover Sport SVR made it 0-100kph in 4.7 seconds.

The second test was wet grass. This test was located at the Land Rover Experience, Rockingham Castle Estate, UK. The Terrain Response 2 system used the Grass/Gravel/Snow mode, and the trip was made in 5.5 seconds.

Next, the gravel test. The Range Rover Sport SVR used the Grass/Gravel/Snow mode, while driving in Selar Pit, UK, and went 0-100kph in just 5.3 seconds.

For the snow test, the Range Rover Sport SVR went to Jaguar Land Rover’s winter testing facility in Arjeplog, Northern Sweden. Driving in Grass/Gravel/Snow mode, the Range Rover Sport SVR completed the test in 11.3 seconds.

One of the Land Rover all-terrain testing centers, Walter’s Arena, UK, was the location of the mud test, in typical British driving conditions. The Terrain Response 2 system used the Mud and Ruts mode and the Range Rover Sport SVR made the trek in 6.5 seconds.

The last test, sand, took place on the Pendine Sands at Carmarthen Bay in South Wales. Using the Sand mode, the Range Rover Sport SVR quickly accelerated and went 0-100kph in 5.5 seconds.

This speed test for the Range Rover Sport SVR easily showcased its performance and versatility. For more information on the Range Rover Sport SVR contact us at Land Rover Dallas! We look forward to assisting you!

Experience Britain Like Never Before

Have you always wanted to visit Great Britain? How about touring the country while riding a Land Rover? Land Rover’s ‘Best of British’ Experience is just right for you.

Through the ‘Best of British’ Land Rover Experience you will journey through Britain’s incredible and historic landscapes and heritage while test-driving a L4. You will get to experience off-road driving and an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour and access to Land Rover. You will also get to experience traditional luxury British accommodations.

Being the home of Land Rover, Land Rover set out to make their British experience something extra special. You will get to visit some of the most phenomenal countrysides, as well as practice driving on some rough terrain.

The first leg of the ‘Best of British’ Land Rover Experience is Blenheim Palace, birthplace of Winston Churchill, in Oxfordshire. After this you will drive through the lovely English Cotswold Hills. You will truly be able to experience the smooth handling and effortless refinement of the LR4 through these hills.

After this, you will head to Eastnor Castle, located near the Welsh border. This is the location of an incredible extremely secret testing ground. Here, you will be able to really test your off-roading skills and see how capable the LR4 is. You will put the LR4 through steep hills, deep mud filled ravines, and across some specially designed obstacles.

After getting your fill of off-roading, you will head through Stratford-upon-Avon on your way to Solihull. Solihull has been the home of Land Rover production since 1948. Here you will be able to learn as much as you ever wanted about Land Rover as well as take a test run on the Jungle Trail. The Jungle Trail is located in the heart of the Land Rover facility and is regarded as a rite of passage to Land Rover enthusiasts.

All in all, the ‘Best of British’ Land Rover Experience is one of a kind. Take a trip, test drive the LR4, and experience Britain like you never have before.

80 Years of Land Rover Passion

For lifelong Land Rover fan, Geoff Cooper’s, 80th birthday, his daughter, Wendy Fisher, wanted to go above and beyond to make his day extra special.

Wendy explains, “We were just coming up to my dad’s 80th birthday, and I had the idea that it would be lovely to do something for him and wanted to link it to a passion of his. Land Rover is definitely in the blood. They’ve been in the family’s life ever since I can remember, so I wrote to Land Rover and never really expected to get the response that I did. This, for me, is just about doing something really special for somebody really special.”

In response to Fisher’s letter, Land Rover surprised her dad, Geoff, with a special Land Rover Experience off-roading experience with instructor.

“Dad’s relationship with Land Rover started before I was born,” Wendy continues, “[Her parents] had a really old Land Rover and he was able to Land Rover trial with it.”

“My first actual memory of it was when I was four, and we started to go away as a family to the Land Rover trial weekends.”

Geoff recalls a time during one trial when he got stuck in a tree. He was sure the crowd was just as amused as he was.

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In addition to the special Land Rover Experience off-roading experience, Land Rover brought along Land Rover Reborn Car 0 for Geoff to view and hopefully bring back memories of his trial days. Land Rover even gifted Geoff a bowler hat, something he was known for wearing during the trials.

“He had a trademark of wearing a bowler hat. I think it almost became a sort of good luck charm as well. It was something he wouldn’t compete without, “ Wendy reminisces, “I look back extremely fondly on those times. Just time with friends and family as well as his great passion with the Land Rovers.”

“This is hopefully my contribution to celebrating a wonderful 80 years and hopefully still some more to come.”