Fast Lane: Land Rover Discovery pulls off no mean feat

A Land Rover Discovery Sport towed a 100-tonne train.
A Land Rover Discovery Sport towed a 100-tonne train. PHOTOS: LAND ROVER, MERCEDES, CITROEN, NISSAN
Citroen’s new C3.
Citroen’s new C3.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R.
The new 2017 Nissan GT-R.
The new 2017 Nissan GT-R.

Land Rover Discovery pulls off no mean feat

A Land Rover Discovery Sport towed a 100-tonne train - 60 times its own weight - two weeks ago to show off its mettle.

The feat was performed over 10km on a 26m-high bridge in Switzerland.

The 180bhp/430Nm turbodiesel Landie has a certified maximum towing weight of 2.5 tonnes and the only modification made to it was the fitment of rail wheels and a low-range gearbox.

Land Rover's All Terrain Progress Control (which acts like a low-speed cruise control) was also engaged.

Perhaps SMRT should consider getting a fleet of Discoverys.


Longest car battery warranty in Singapore

The Automobile Association of Singapore has introduced a 24- month car battery warranty for its members.

Backed by The Warranty Group's Asia-Pacific team, the programme is the longest car battery warranty in Singapore.

The association's chief executive, Mr Lee Wai Mun, says: "We are extending our car battery protection from 15 to 24 months as an added benefit to our members."


C3 with connected high-definition camera

Citroen's new C3 is a super- mini powered by a new generation of three-cylinder turbo engines.

It is the first Citroen to have a connected wide-angled highdefinition camera. The driver can click a button to safely take photos as keepsakes or for instant sharing on social media. A longer press of the button captures videos of up to 20 seconds, which can then be shared once the car is stationary.

Stored content is directly accessible via the free ConnectedCAM Citroen app.

In a vehicle collision, the video system switches on automatically and can run for up to 11/2 minutes. The footage can be useful as evidence following an accident.


Mercedes-AMG GT R high on speed

The Mercedes-AMG GT R is a more extreme version of Merc's Porsche-beating sports car.

With 585bhp and 700Nm on tap, it sprints from 0-100kmh in 3.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 318kmh.

It rides on a modified suspension system, with new aerodynamic aids to keep it planted at insane speeds.


Customised drone to keep up with Nissan GT-R

Nissan has made a high-performance GT-R drone. Built to be able to keep up with the new 2017 Nissan GT-R while filming on the track, the drone features the latest in performance-enhancing technology.

Custom designed by World Drone Prix Champions, Tornado XBlades Racing, the GT-R Drone uses a special race-tuned configuration and low-drag canopy to reach 100kmh from a standstill in just 1.3 seconds. It peaks at 186kmh.


Lexus partners Michelin Guide Singapore

Lexus is the official car partner of the inaugural Michelin Guide Singapore. Singapore is the fourth territory in Asia - after Japan, Hong Kong and Macau - and the only country in South-east Asia to be included in Michelin's 116-year-old culinary guide covering more than 26 countries.

Christopher Tan

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 02, 2016, with the headline 'Fast Lane'. Print Edition | Subscribe