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Whether you’re getting ready for the upcoming snow or off-road season, this Range Rover video will help get you pumped for both. Race and stunt driver Ben Collins gets behind the wheel of a Range Rover Sport, of course outfitted with a roll cage and additional safety gear, to tackle a 9.25-mile downhill route on an Alpine ski course.

Hitting speeds of 96 mph on a downhill route at Mürren in Switzerland, Collins tackled the course in a Range Rover Sport, dropping down the 7,119-foot descent that features a 74 percent gradient in 21 minutes, 36 seconds. The path used during the drive is the same route used by skiers hailed as Inferno Mürren, which is the site of one of the oldest and most challenging downhill races. The course offered up everything from snow, ice, loose rock, mud, broken asphalt, grass and gravel.

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“This was genuinely one of the hardest tests I’ve faced in my driving career,” Collins said. “The route was insane and certainly the toughest course I’ve ever completed. It challenged you with every kind of obstacle this side of molten lava and as conditions go, it was about as bad as it gets – torrential weather mixed with cliffs, trees, all kinds of stuff you don’t really want to crash into.

“There could only be one winner in the challenge – the mountain or the car. The key to the run was precision: being able to maintain speed and carry that speed down the hill in the way the skiers can do, carving through the turns. The Range Rover Sport gave me so much help. I had to use the Terrain Response because the grass was like an ice rink and it really got me out of trouble. I believed in the car and it meant we could shed a lot of time over the runs. To be honest I abused it and it just kept on going – I couldn’t have asked for a better machine to do the job.”

The event allowed Collins to highlights the Terrain Response system on the course. He also used the 510-horsepower 5.0-liter supercharged V8 to reach speeds of 96 mph toward the bottom of the course. Check out the dramatic video below.

 

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