Sir Lewis Hamilton, seven-time F1 winner, drove the all-new INEOS Grenadier in a no-holds-barred test on and off-road.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, chairman of INEOS*, sat in the passenger seat for the drive at the Millbrook Proving Ground near Bedford.
“I’m genuinely enjoying driving this car,” stated Sir Lewis. “Considering some of the huge dips we were driving down, it’s very comfortable.” I was running around the course at full throttle. “I’m blown away by how much grip there is.”
“The Grenadier was designed to be good off-road, but we didn’t know it would be as good as it is on the road,” Sir Jim added. I don’t believe anyone has ever driven it as Lewis did.”
The Grenadier has completed 1.1 million kilometers of rigorous testing and development in Death Valley, USA, Middle Eastern sands, the Arctic Circle, and Austria’s renowned Schöckl mountain.
The boxy SUV, which starts at £48,000, has a box section ladder frame chassis, permanent four-wheel drive, a two-speed transfer case, and a center locking differential on all variants.
*INEOS is a major sponsor of the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team.