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Share the passion of a Land Rover-loving community in a remote corner of India | Experience the thrills of driving on ice in the Range Rover Velar | Explore stunning Donegal with seafarer Monty Halls and his family | Relive the child-like sense of wonder captured at the Above & Beyond Tour | See why the Range Rover PHEV impressed mountaineer Jimmy Chin | Encounter the most powerful Defender: the Classic Works V8 special

DRIVING ON ICE IS A VERY

DRIVING ON ICE IS A VERY DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE. PATIENCE IS KEY Overlooking the spectacular 97-square-mile Lake Hornavan, the Land Rover Ice Academy offers threeand four-day ice-driving courses with expert instructors. Guests learn how to handle the latest Land Rover vehicles around a series of tracks, from intricate slaloming to exhilarating high-speed drifting and offroading through the snow-covered trees. As learning curves go, it’s a steep one. Driving on ice is a very different experience to negotiating everyday roads and patience is key, as the (very patient) instructors continually point out. It’s a fine balancing act between gas pedal, steering and brakes – get it right and you’re floating at right angles around corners; get it wrong and you’ll quickly spin into a snow bank. Earlier in the day, I experienced this first-hand behind the wheel of a Range Rover Velar. After a briefing in the Experience lodge next to the lake, the first challenge is to negotiate what appears to be a simple slalom course. “Find the balance and let the momentum take you,” says my instructor Andre D’Cruze, as he tells me when to steer, brake and put my foot down. “You can’t make immediate adjustments like you can on asphalt, so don’t steer too hard.” Despite the Velar vehicle’s undoubted off-road abilities, my initial lack of expertise sees me pirouetting more often than an ice dancer. But after a few runs it becomes easier to pick the right moment to ease off on the gas and flick the steering wheel. It’s still a long way off D’Cruze’s Hollywood stunt driving skills, but it’s a reassuring sign of progress nevertheless. In addition to the thrills on the track, a Land Rover Experience visit to Arjeplog has plenty of lower-speed highlights to offer, including a drive north to take in the dramatic beauty of the Arctic Circle, a bracing snowmobile tour, as well as the serene husky sled ride. “This is a beautiful place and there’s something quite enchanting about gliding silently through the forests,” says Strid, as we slowly warm up after the sled ride, in the Hotel Silverhatten overlooking Lake Hornavan. Over a delicious meal of reindeer steaks and moose burgers, the couple explain how they set up 64

RIGHT XXXXXX Left: Cap an invigorating drive by relaxing in front of a crackling fire at Hotel Silverhatten. Below: The Velar takes the Arctic wilderness in its stride European model shown. SMOOTH OPERATOR The Range Rover Velar vehicle’s striking looks saw it crowned World Car Design of the Year 2018. But its beauty isn’t just skin deep. Torque-on-demand all-wheel drive gives it outstanding performance both on- and off-road, while the Terrain Response® system can help improve handling in challenging conditions. 65

 

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Land Rover Magazine 39

 

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