July 16, 2018
Land Rover and Terry Grant smash world record at Goodwood Festival of Speed
- Land Rover and Terry Grant have smashed the Guinness World Record for the fastest mile in a car on two wheels at the weekend’s Goodwood’s Festival of Speed
- Terry’s 2:24.5 run was a highlight of the Goodwood Festival of Speed, set in a 575hp Range Rover Sport SVR that topped 60mph on the record-breaking run
- The Guinness World Record time – achieved in a last gasp attempt on Sunday afternoon – is an improvement of over 30 seconds on the old record, set by Terry Grant himself in 2011
- Land Rover’s Goodwood Festival of Speed presence also included the largest single batch of cars to ever take on the hill, as 70 Land Rovers celebrated the brand’s 70th anniversary
Gaydon: Land Rover and Terry Grant smashed a world record at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a two-wheel speed run in the new Range Rover Sport SVR. Terry’s 2:24.5 run up the famous hillclimb broke Terry’s old record for a mile travelled in a car on two wheels, set in 2011, by more than 30 seconds.
Terry Grant flipped the Range Rover Sport SVR up on to two wheels with the use of a ramp, before hitting speeds of up 60mph on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb as he set the new Guinness World Record time.
Terry snatched the record in a dramatic last gasp attempt on Sunday afternoon, having attempted four runs earlier in the weekend, none of which Terry managed to complete.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is a 575hp performance SUV, capable of 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 174mph – with four wheels on the road, at least. The Range Rover Sport only required one modification for the world record run, a tweak to its differential to allow the car to deliver more power to the two wheels on the ground – both of which will be pumped up to 90PSI.
Terry Grant is a multiple world-record holder, with 25 Guinness World Records already to his name, and with this latest record, Terry has bested a 2:55 run that he himself set at Goodwood in 2011.
Stunt Driver, Terry Grant, said, “It really shouldn’t be underestimated how difficult a two-wheeled speed run like this is; you are always fighting to keep the car balanced right on the edge, as it tries to tip either one way or the other. You need to be conscious of everything, from the camber of the road to the strength of the wind. Thankfully, conditions were excellent and the Range Rover Sport SVR was the perfect precision tool for the job.”
The world record was not the only amazing Land Rover moment of the Festival of Speed, as 70 historic and important Land Rovers took to the hill on Thursday at 13:25 in what was the largest batch of cars to ever tackle the famous route in one go. From 1948, to 2018, the parade of cars celebrated 70 years of one of Britain’s most iconic automotive brands.