There were plenty of thrills for the fans at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, including another record run for Volkswagen’s electric I.D. R Pikes Peak, but it kept all its wheels on the road, unlike the Range Rover Sport SVR in its record-setting performance.
In the hands of stunt-driver Terry Grant, the 575-hp SUV completed the fastest mile ever on two wheels (recognized by Guinness World Records), stopping the clock in less than two and half minutes (2:24.5, to be exact), shattering his own 2011 record by over 30 seconds.
Grant flipped the slightly-modified Range Rover Sport SVR (the differential was tweaked to get more power to the wheels on the road, and the driven tires were pumped to 90 PSI) up on two wheels before tackling the hill at Goodwood almost at the close of the course on Sunday afternoon.
“It really shouldn’t be underestimated how difficult a 2-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,” said Grant. “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.”
Before the record-setting run, Grant had failed on four previous attempts up the hill on the weekend, failing to complete each run on two wheels. Two years ago, Grant took a Jaguar F-Pace up the Goodwood hill on two wheels, though not to set a speed record. Instead, he had motorbike stunt rider Lee Bowers climb out of the 2-wheeling Jag, and stand and head-stand on the side of the F-Pace as a salute to the gathered spectators.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is capable of 0-60 km/h acceleration in 4.3 seconds, on four wheels, and though Grant did manage to top 60 on his record run, it took a bit longer.
Grant has 25 Guinness World Records to his name, including the tightest J-turn (reverse-180) in a Renault Twingo, with barriers set 3.78 cm apart (meaning the 370-cm diagonal length of the Twingo had just 4 cm of clearance at the corners for the manoeuvre).