Meet the super car beater: The Range Rover Sport SVR sets a Tianmen Road record, defeating a Ferrari 458 Italia in the process

<i>Image: YouTube</i>
<i>Image: YouTube</i>

An SUV would not usually outperform a super car, but that’s exactly what happened when the new Range Rover Sport SVR took on the fearsome Tianmen Road in China.

Piloted by Le Mans class-winner and test driver Ho-Pin Tung, it smashed the previous record of 10minutes31seconds held by a Ferrari 458 Italia, posting a new record of 9minutes51seconds.

Super car vs. SUV

This is no ordinary road. Consisting of 99 turns and a 11.3km uphill ascent, the Range Rover's average speed was 68km/h.

WATCH: This Range Rover Sport PHEV take on 99 bends, scales 999-step staircase!

Both cars sport V8 engines making similar power with the Range Rover Sport producing a maximum of 422kW and the 458 rated at 419kW.

The Tiamen Road has a unique 'Touge' look and feel to it, coupled with the beautiful mountain background.

Watch the record-breaking run:

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