June 12, 2017
Man versus machine: new high performance Range Rover Evoque goes head to head with Owen Farrell
- England and Saracens star Owen Farrell readies himself for British and 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 290hp Ingenium petrol-powered Range Rover Evoque
- The Range Rover Evoque is powered by Land Rover’s new 290hp, 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol engine, delivering 0-60mph in six seconds flat
- Fly-half recently won European Player of the Year award
Whitley, UK: How do you help a top British Lions rugby player get to peak fitness for a tour of World Rugby Champions New Zealand?
England and Saracens star Owen Farrell pitted himself against a unique opponent – Jaguar Land Rover (JLR)’s best-selling luxury compact SUV, the Range Rover Evoque, in a battle between man and machine.
Mr 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 290hp engine, accelerates from 0-60mph in only six seconds, making it the fastest sprinting Evoque to date.
JLR’s new four-cylinder Ingenium petrol engine is now in production at the company’s £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 percent more power than the engines it replaces and offer fuel consumption reductions of up to 15 percent.
Saracens and England player, Mr Farrell, Land Rover fan and the inaugural winner of the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy for the European player of the year, said, “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”.
Mr 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 will be part of the British and 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 Mr Farrell, with international rugby union referee Wayne Barnes on hand to make sure both parties played by the rules.
Land Rover’s new British-built Ingenium petrol engine is available in two variants in the Range Rover Evoque – 240hp and 290hp. It features a twin-scroll turbocharger for improved performance on the road and low-resistance technologies for an ever more refined drive.