One of the defining characteristics of Land Rover’s cars is its ability to take on rugged terrain. This means that it will typically come packed with certain features that makes it suited for such driving needs, and the company’s latest PR stunt to show off the abilities of its car took place in China in what they’re calling “The Dragon Challenge”.

Basically what this seems to entail is the Range Rover Sport PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) climbing up 999 steps in the Tianmen Mountain in China, where the car attempts to reach the peak also known as “Heaven’s Gate”. Given how narrow the steps are, this means that the Range Rover can only go one direction, which is up, and that anything else would mean a very bad accident.


The car was driven by professional driver Ho-Ping Tung where the car scaled up a 45-degree incline. The entire process appeared to take 22 minutes and 41 seconds, but it has since been condensed into 6 minutes. Obviously the car makes it to the top, otherwise we doubt Land Rover would be releasing it to the public, but it doesn’t make it any less terrifying to watch all the same.

In any case if you have 6 minutes or so to spare, then you’ll want to check out the video above to see it in action.

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