Considering that many Land Rover customers own or regularly travel with a dog, Land Rover came with an interesting challenge for itself taking a canine team to an underground tunnel in Finland. The team of Husky dogs had been awaiting training before the winter championships begin, however, most of Northern Europe has been left without snow in this year's warm summer. Land Rover stepped in and took the team to the Vesileppis Ski Tunnel in Finland for a much-needed sprint around a snow track, but with a tough competition - a Discovery Sport. The six Huskies were led by Finnish middle distance champion Laura Kääriäinen. They went head-to-head in Vesileppis Ski Tunnel, Finland, in a unique 1km sprint around the dedicated underground tunnel.
The 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.
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.