'All driving is following video is performed by a professional in a closed and controlled environment. Do not try this at home.' A friendly disclaimer, just in case you get motivated to tow a lorry at the side of the road. Land Rover Discovery has had a history of towing things - trains carriages, trucks. Back in 1989, the original Discovery was fitted with the then-new 200TDI diesel engine and made to pull several train carriages. Last year, the Discovery Sport with a four-cylinder, 2.0-litre Ingenium diesel engine successfully towed three luxury train carriages that had a combined weight of more than 100 tonnes or roughly the same as a Boeing 757. Now, Land Rover has decided to up the ante by pulling a whopping 110 tons (220,000 lbs). But the people are Land Rover was curious as to how much can the Discovery really tow, hence they decided to up the ante by pulling a whopping 110 tonnes.
The car that did the feat was a 2018 Discovery equipped with a larger six-cylinder, 3.0-litre Td6 engine producing 254 hp and 600 Nm of torque. What better place can provide for uninterrupted straights than the Australian Outback, where the SUV’s capabilities were put to test by towing a road train that had no less than seven trailers and a 12-tonne tractor unit.
The train stretched 100 metres and several special permits were required to keep the event legal and a closed section of the Lasseter Highway. The Discovery was used with a standard diesel engine paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and has a four-wheel-drive system.
It pulled the road train for 16 kilometres and managed to reach a top speed of 44 kph during its unusual journey.