This time in 2013, Land Rover brand ambassador and one time LRO guest columnist Ben Saunders was busy breaking records on the Antarctic continent, completing the longest ever polar journey on foot together with his travel companion Tarka L’Herpeniere.
Two years later and he’s exploring the ice again on the other side of the world, but with a bit more horsepower this time. He’s even been given a replica of Silverstone race circuit carved into a frozen Swedish lake, and former rally champion Minna Sillankorva to show him the ropes.
His chosen weapon: a Range Rover Sport SVR, which combines Dynamic Stability Control with a Dynamic Active Rear Locking Differential (controlled electronically with a multi-plate clutch), Torque Vectoring by Braking and Terrain Response 2 – in short, plenty of tricks to get the down.
About that power. There’s 542bhp of it; one heck of a lot of horses to transmit to tarmac, let alone ice, especially when your instructor tells you to flip off the DSC and to keep on the throttle through the corners…
The result starts off squiffy, but Ben gets the hang of it. Feast your eyes, and ears, on this: