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.

Interested in learning more about the Discovery Sport? Contact us at Land Rover Dallas! We look forward to sharing our love of Land Rover with you!

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