There are certain parts of the world that automobiles just aren't meant to go. The Inferno Mrren downhill ski course in Switzerland was one. That is, until stunt driver and former "Top Gear" Stig Ben Collins took on the challenge in a Range Rover Sport.
In a video produced by Jaguar Land Rover, Collins attempts to complete the 14.9-kilometer (9.2-mile) course, which has up to a 75-percent grade, in an SUV weighing more than 5,000 pounds. The run was inspired by the Mrren downhill race that was founded in 1928. That event sees skiers begin at the peak of the Schilthorn, a mountain in the Alps with an elevation of nearly 10,000 feet, and snake their way down through changing conditions to the finish at the bottom of the valley. For Collins' attempt there's not much snow on the course, but there is ice, loose gravel, mud, grass, and other types of tricky terrain.
"One of the secrets of Inferno is never brake," Inferno race president Christoph Egger says in the video. "Braking means losing." That may have an entirely different meaning when it comes to competitive skiing, but here it also applies: brake too abruptly on this steep a grade and things could get out of hand very fast. At the end of the run Collins says the stunt is "the hardest thing [he's] ever done."
Watch Collins barrel down the mountain in a Range Rover Sport in the video below.
Source: Land Rover via YouTube