Published on October 30th, 2014 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Range Rover ALUMINIUM TECHNOLOGY & TERRAIN RESPONSE® 2
DID YOU KNOW? THE ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER AND RANGE ROVER SPORT BODYSHELLS ARE CONSTRUCTED USING AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGY.
The all-new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are the world’s first SUV vehicles to feature a lightweight all-aluminium body structure, which not only contributes to outstanding agility and driving dynamics, but also delivers significantly reduced weight and enhanced sustainability. This new and advanced aluminium monocoque body structure employs a combination of pressed panels, plus cast, extruded and rolled aluminium alloy parts, so the strength is concentrated precisely where the loads are greatest. The vehicle’s platform is 39 percent lighter than the previous model. Not only the lightest in its class by a significant margin, the aluminium structure is also incredibly strong too. The body has been engineered to withstand the same punishing off-road impacts as all Land Rovers.
Land Rover engineers have combined the state-of-the-art lightweight structure with substantial weight reductions throughout both vehicles, to deliver total weight savings up to an impressive 420kg. Their class-leading status is enhanced through the introduction of the ground-breaking next-generation version of Land Rover’s Terrain Response® system, which takes the capabilities of the award-winning system to a new level. Developed by a small team of Land Rover specialists, Terrain Response® 2 features an Auto setting which uses sophisticated ‘intelligent’ systems to analyse the current driving conditions, and automatically select the most suitable terrain programme.
Ensuring that the vehicle is always driving using the optimum mode, the new system is able to switch completely automatically between the five settings: General, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Ruts, Sand and Rock Crawl. Like all Terrain Response® systems, each setting optimises driveability and traction by adapting the responses of the car’s engine, gearbox, centre differential and chassis systems to match the demands of the terrain. While it functions completely automatically, Terrian Response® 2 will also provide the driver with additional advice, such as when to select low range or the off-road ride height, when the system calculates that it is necessary.