MAN VERSUS MACHINE – NEW HIGH PERFORMANCE RANGE ROVER EVOQUE GOES HEAD-TO-HEAD WITH OWEN FARRELL
By Scott Green
June 12, 2017
How do you help a top British & Irish Lions rugby player get to peak fitness for a tour of Rugby World Cup Champions New Zealand?
- England and Saracens star Owen Farrell readies himself for British & Irish Lions Tour to New Zealand 2017 with unique Land Rover challenge
- Timed bleep-test demonstrates the all-terrain performance and speed of the new 290PS Ingenium petrol-powered Range Rover Evoque
- The Range Rover Evoque is powered by Land Rovers new 290PS 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine delivering 0-60mph in 6 seconds flat / 0-100km/h in 6.3 seconds
- Fly-half is fresh from starring role in Saracens European Champions Cup victory and recently won European Player of the Year award
England and Saracens star Owen Farrell pitted himself against a unique opponent; Land Rovers best-selling luxury compact SUV, the Range Rover Evoque, in a battle between man and machine.
Farrell tackled the new high-performance Range Rover Evoque, powered by the new 2.0-litre turbocharged Ingenium petrol engine in an all-terrain bleep test the ultimate test of endurance. The renowned SUV, with its new 290PS engine, accelerates from 0-60mph in only 6.0 seconds / 0-100km/h (0-62mph) in only 6.3 seconds making it the fastest sprinting Evoque to date.
At the heart of Jaguar Land Rovers low-emissions strategy, the new four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine is now in production at the companys 1 billion Engine Manufacturing Centre. Designed, engineered and manufactured in the UK, it is one of the most advanced engines the company has ever developed, delivering up to 25 per cent more power than the engines it replaces and offers fuel consumption reductions of up to 15 per cent.
Owen Farrell – Saracens and England player, Land Rover ambassador and the inaugural winner of the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy for the European player of the year
Every sportsman knows bleep tests are one of the toughest tests on the road to peak fitness because there is no hiding place. The bleep test was a great way to challenge myself because the Evoque was relentless.
SARACENS AND ENGLAND RUGBY PLAYER
Farrell completed a bleep test between two fixed points on two different terrains in the unique challenge, gradually increasing the pace to keep time with the ever more frequent bleeps. The international rugby star, who is currently part of The British & Irish Lions on tour in New Zealand this summer, is famous for his uncompromising approach and was up against an equally tough competitor.
The powerful Evoque lined up alongside Farrell, with international rugby union referee Wayne Barnes on hand to make sure both parties played by the rules.
Land Rovers new British-built Ingenium petrol engine is available in two variants in the Range Rover Evoque; 240PS and 290PS. It features a twin-scroll turbocharger for improved performance on the road and low-resistance technologies for an ever more refined drive.