Who wins…horsepower or dogpower?

Land Rover Discovery v huskies

IT’S horsepower called Rover up against dogs in a race…in an underground ice tunnel.

That’s not something you see every day.

The team of six huskies, headed up by medalist Laura Kaarainen, took on the four-wheel drive for a promotional video.

The £47k Land Rover Discovery Sport is one of the UK’s most successful cars in recent times, with 75,000 models already sold this year.

Like some sort of Top Gear challenge, the top British firm took a Disco Sport to Finland to compete against a team of huskies to show its ability in slippery conditions.

Kaarainen and her six sled dogs, which were in need of training ahead of the winter championships, competed against the car at the Vesileppis Ski Tunnel.

Land Rover Discovery v huskies
Land Rover Discovery v huskies

Setting off in opposite directions, they had to negotiate the first incline where they reached a speed of around 22mph.

The Discovery Sport’s initial path was blocked by a set of ice blocks, putting its wheel articulation and traction control systems to the test on the underground tunnel.

It was neck-and-neck in the 1km race, but horsepower eventually beat dogpower as the Disco Sport passed the finish line first by a hair’s breadth.

Driver Karl Richards, a lead engineer at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Snow is one of the most demanding surfaces drivers will encounter during winter around the world and Discovery Sport proved to be as comfortable in these conditions as the dogs.”

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