2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport and Space-Age Testing

2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport testin
2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport

Land Rover is very serious about vehicle development and so is their new partner, Virgin Galactic. The two companies partnered earlier this year to share ideas and procedures. The upcoming all-new 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport crossover is a great example of the discipline and commitment required to produce a world-class vehicle.

Discovery Sport is Land Rover’s replacement for the LR2 and the company wants to make sure it gets it right. The compact luxury crossover segment is hot right now and competition is fierce.


Land Rover has built no fewer than 181 test prototypes that have been testing around the globe. These vehicles have already accomplished some impressive feats.

  • Covered approximately 750,000 test miles during the testing and development phase for the vehicle
  • Forded water depths of nearly two feet
  • Tested at temperatures of -32.8 F in North America, to 107.6 F in the deserts of Dubai
  • Completed 9,767 tests
  • Negotiated inclines of 40 degrees and declines of 45 degrees

Check out the TFL prototype hunting video of the 2016 Land Rover Discovery Sport as we caught the SUV undergoing high altitude testing at over 10,000 feet above sea level.

Land Rover announced the Virgin Galactic partnership in New York City this April alongside the Discovery Vision concept. See the video here.

Andre Smirnov
Andre Smirnov

Andre Smirnov is a life-long automotive enthusiast, writer, reporter, and software engineer. He has been writing and reporting at TFL since 2011. When not working or spending time with the family – you can find him tinkering in the garage or simply ‘going for a drive’.