Let’s face it, Land Rovers aren’t used for their intended purpose anymore. Most of them are used for the school run. Defenders are even modified to look murdered out so they can trawl through the streets of London, and this displeases me greatly. They should be fighting their way through mud and water, not traffic.
Land Rover has thought about this, and to prove that their latest vehicles can still work hard, they’ve taken one to the Australian Outback to attach it to the front of a road train. A 328-foot, 121-tonne road train.
The Disco in question is the 254bhp 3.0-litre turbo diesel you’d find taking the kids to school and Land Rover stress that it was completely unmodified. Even the tow bar was stock. Torque? 443lb ft. Enough to tow the road train? Hell yes it is.
It managed to pull the road train a total of ten miles with a top speed of 27mph. Not bad for a car with a maximum towing weight of only 3,500kg.
This was done alongside Land Rover’s announcement of its technology updates for 2018 which includes towing trajectory lines when reversing, automatic ride height adjustment and Hitch Assist. Even with all this new technology though, I wouldn’t attempt something that heavy if I were you. I wouldn’t trust the brakes.