Horsepower vs. “dog power.”

In the depths of an underground Finnish snow tunnel, Land Rover answers the age old question of horsepower vs. “dog power.” The two contenders: a Land Rover Discovery Sport, and Finnish mid-distance dog sled champion Laura Kääriäinen, and her team of six husky sled dogs.

Interestingly, Land Rover claims that 50 percent of its customers own or travel with dogs in the car – making that evident by nicely transporting the dogs down to the Vesileppis Ski Tunnel. An incredible 114 feet (35 meters) underground, the competitors face an undulating, curvy, snow-covered course kept at a constant 28.4 °F (-2 °C). Back at sea level, Finland was in the middle of its summer weather.

In the slightly overdramatic video, the Discovery Sport and dogs both start at a shared finish line, but set off in opposite directions. Before the Land Rover gets going, it’s put into snow mode, which locks four-wheel drive, dampens throttle response, and quickens gear shifts.

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Although the Discovery Sport quickly secures a significant lead, unlike the dogs, the Land Rover is tasked with driving over a series of illuminated ice blocks to show off its 8.3-inch (211-millimeter) ground clearance, and fancy traction-control system. At this point of the race, the huskies whip by the Discovery Sport at a claimed 21 miles per hour (35 kilometers per hour) – allowing them to secure the lead for the first lap.

But, principal engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, Karl Richards, doesn’t let the huskies stay in the lead much longer. As they both come around their respective last corners, the Discovery Sport edges slightly forward, and wins the suspiciously close race “by a nose.”

Despite the dramatics, it’s still fun to watch the Land Rover do some power slides on the slippery stuff, and some cute huskies do their thing.

Make sure to watch this race at the top of this article.

Source: Land Rover via YouTube

Gallery: Land Rover Discovery Takes On Dog Sled Team


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25 AUGUST 2017

With an estimated 50 per cent of Land Rover customers owning or regularly travelling with a dog, Land Rover has put its canine capability to the test by transporting a team of sled dogs to an underground snow tunnel in Finland for a unique training challenge.

  • Discovery Sport takes on dog sled team in unique race at Vesileppis Ski Tunnel in Finland, pitting 290PS Ingenium power against champion sled ‘dog power’
  • Intelligent all-wheel drive technology, Terrain Response system and advanced Ingenium petrol engine ensures Discovery Sport excels in slippery Arctic conditions
  • Land Rover helps sled dogs resume cold-weather training during Finnish summer
  • Versatile Discovery Sport is now Land Rover’s best-selling model, with 75,000 customers taking delivery so far in 2017

This year’s warm summer has left much of Northern Europe without snow. Land Rover took a team of husky dogs in need of training ahead of winter championships to the Vesileppis Ski Tunnel in Finland, for a much-needed sprint around a snow track.

The Discovery Sport SUV provided stiff competition for Finnish middle distance champion, Laura Kääriäinen and her team of six sled dogs. They went head-to-head in Vesileppis Ski Tunnel, Finland, in a unique 1km sprint around the dedicated underground tunnel.

The undulating tunnel is carved into the bedrock 35m below ground level and kept at constant -2°C to maintain a blanket of snow 20mm deep throughout the summer, making it the perfect place to put the Discovery Sport’s all-terrain capability to the test.

Setting off in opposite directions, the dogs had a straightforward task. Once they had negotiated the first incline they were able to pick up and maintain speed – typically around 35km/h. In contrast, the Discovery Sport’s path was blocked by a set of ice blocks, which put its wheel articulation and traction control systems to the test, on one of its laps.

Over two laps of the tunnel, the sled team and Discovery Sport were closely matched but the Land Rover, which was forced to negotiate a set of unique ice obstacles along the way, won the unique challenge by a dog’s hair.

Driver Karl Richards, Lead Engineer for Stability Control Systems at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “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. 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.”

Before the race, the Discovery Sport’s dedicated accessories ensured that lead husky Jami was safely transported to the snow tunnel to join his snow-starved pack. Land Rover’s full height luggage divider prevents pets from accessing the passenger compartment and easily fits into anchor points inside the vehicle, while a durable rubber boot mat protects the boot floor and even contains minor spills.

Convenience features including Land Rover’s Gesture Tailgate made easy work of getting Jami in and out of the premium compact SUV while the Surrround Camera System, accessed through the 10-inch central touchscreen, allowed driver Richards to keep an eye on the dogs when manoeuvring inside the tunnel.


About Discovery Sport

The Discovery Sport is Land Rover’s fastest-selling vehicle, with more than 200,000 units sold globally since its introduction in 2014. The premium compact SUV offers unrivalled all-terrain capability, versatility for up to seven people, a premium interior and comprehensive choice of advanced Ingenium petrol and diesel powerplants.

The diesel engine is available in 150PS Td4 or 180PS and 240PS Sd4 derivatives while customers can chose from 240PS and 290PS versions of the Si4 Ingenium petrol unit. The latter comes fitted with the Dynamic exterior pack as standard and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 6.7 seconds.

The Discovery Sport raced in the tunnel was fitted with the Dynamic exterior pack. Its front bumper features larger air intakes to enhance engine cooling and provide a more purposeful appearance. A Gloss Black front grille and rear numberplate surround, and a revised rear bumper featuring integrated exhausts, also feature.

About Land Rover

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true ‘breadth of capability’ across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque each define the world's 4x4 sectors, with 80% of this model range exported to over 100 countries.