Between the 3rd June and 8th July 2017, the British and Irish Lions, a team consisting of players who can represent all areas of the British Isles, head to New Zealand to play 10 rugby union matches against all five New Zealand Rugby Franchises, the New Zealand Provincial Barbarians, the infamous Māori All Blacks and finally three test matches against New Zealand. Known as ‘The British and Irish Lions Tour’, this momentous sporting event takes place once every four years.
In preparation for this, Land Rover UK provided a helping hand in England international and Saracens star, Owen Farrell’s training in the form a gruelling and competitive all terrain bleep test, something which Farrell describes as being “one of the toughest tests on the road to peak fitness, because there is no hiding place.”
The 2017 British and Irish Lions Tour marks Farrell’s second appearance, having appeared in 2013, when the fly half, who was recently awarded the Anthony Foley Memorial Trophy for European Player of the Year, came on as a substitute in a winning effort. A force to be reckoned with, Farrell made history by becoming the youngest player to appear in British professional rugby, when he debuted for Saracens in 2008 at the age of 17. In 92 matches for the Saracens, the Wigan native has had 80 starts, racking up a total of 936 points, through a combination of tries, conversions and penalties.
For those unfamiliar, a beep test involves athletes running to a given point upon the first beep, striving to reach their goal before the second. A test of endurance at its toughest, the pace between beeps gradually quickens as the competitor runs between the two points. However, Farrell is known for his uncompromising approach and solid stamina, something he’d need to rely on when facing up to the fearsome Range Rover Evoque.
Described by Land Rover UK as being “a battle between man and machine”, Owen went head to head with the Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover’s best-selling luxury compact SUV.
So, who is Owen’s opponent?
The Range Rover Evoque is a high performance SUV, wielding a 2.0 litre turbocharged Ingenium petrol engine, packing a fearsome 290hp. The Range Rover Evoque accelerates from 0-60mph in just six seconds, which makes it the fastest sprinting Evoque to be produced by the British brand.
The four cylinder Ingenium engine is produced at Land Rover UK’s £1billion Engine Manufacturing Centre in Coven, Wolverhampton, where the engine is designed, engineered and manufactured. The four cylinder Ingenium engine holds the title of being one of the most advanced engines ever designed by the British brand. It radiates 25% more power than its predecessors, while reducing fuel consumption by 15%. The Ingenium engine, proudly built in Britain, is available in two variants when equipped to the Range Rover Evoque – it comes in 240hp, and a higher, more intense 290hp for the petrol enthusiast who likes to live life on the edge. It also features a twin scroll turbocharger for better performance on-road, and low resistance technologies, making for a smoother and more refined drive.
To ensure both parties played by the rules, the bleep test was carefully overseen by international rugby union referee Wayne Barnes.
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