A Range Rover SVR has completed the Goodwood hillclimb on only two wheels.
And it wasn’t even the driver’s first time doing it.
Terry Grant is a stunt driver who now holds the Guinness World Record for fastest mile driven on only two wheels. He’s also a household name at Goodwood thanks to two prior hillclimb attempts where he tilted his car up on its right side wheels to complete the entire 1.16-mile course.
In 2011, Grant completed the entire Goodwood climb in just 2 minutes and 55 seconds. Four years later, he returned to Goodwood to complete the course again, this time driving a Nissan Juke NISMO RS crossover. He shattered his own record with a time of just 2 minutes and 10 seconds.
This year he decided to up the ante and brought a Range Rover Sport SVR with him, the fastest Range Rover ever built. With a 5.0-L supercharged V8, the SVR produces 575 hp, 700 lb-ft of torque, and can go from 0-62 mph in just 4.5 seconds.
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So did the extra power produce a faster climb time on two wheels? Not exactly. This year, Grant managed to complete the Goodwood hillclimb in 2 minutes, 24.5 seconds--still very fast, but not as fast as the Juke.
On four wheels, the Juke would get demolished by the Range Rover. The Juke NISMO RS has a mere 1.6-L turbocharged inline 4-cylinder that produces 215 hp and 210 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty isn’t even in the 6-second range.
But on two wheels, things are totally different. Here, it doesn’t matter how fast your car is so much as how well balanced it is. The Juke is a lot easier to balance thanks to its extremely short wheelbase and vastly lighter engine, while the SVR is not only longer, but much heavier at over 4,700 lbs. Compared to the Juke at a mere 3,200 lbs, the SVR is like trying to balance an elephant on a tightrope.
But even though he didn’t beat his own record, Grant was able to take home a consolation prize. Since Guinness World Records were there this time, he officially set the fastest mile on two wheels world record.