Dyed-in-the-wool Discovery fans will recall the famous stunt back in 1989 when a Discovery 1 towed a large train, to show off the then-new 200Tdi diesel engine.
You might be forgiven for thinking the new 2.0-litre diesel Ingenium engines offered in the Discovery Sport would never be up to the job.
But compare the figures…
200Tdi: 111bhp / 195lb ft @ 1800rpm
TD4 Ingenium (180 PS version): 178bhp / 317lb ft @ 1750rpm
Perhaps its no surprise then that this TD4 Disco Sport just revs a little and then gently pulls away, settling into a steady 8mph at only 1400rpm with all 108 tonnes of train (equivalent to about 60 Discovery Sports) rolling behind.
All Terrain Progress Control then takes over the throttle and braking, leaving the driver with nothing to do as the train crosses an 85ft high bridge.
The train attaches to a standard retractable tow-hitch, the only modifications being extra wheels to enable it to run on rails.
‘Towing is in Land Rover's DNA, and Discovery Sport is no exception,’ said Karl Richards, Lead Engineer for Stability Control Systems at Jaguar Land Rover. ‘I've spent most of my career travelling to the most punishing parts of the world to test Land Rovers in grueling conditions, yet this is the most extreme towing test I've ever done.’
It’s an impressive feat, with some lovely imagery. Take a look at the video here…