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The SS United States and the latest Range Rover have a lot in common.

The SS United States and the latest Range Rover have a lot in common.

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The SS United States and the latest Range Rover are both made in large part from aluminum, in order to save weight without sacrificing strength.

The SS United States and the new Range Rover.

Both can draw connections to the military; Land Rovers have served with the British armed forces, as well as other armies around the globe, for decades; the United States was designed to be pressed into service as a troop transport in the event that World War III broke out (and didn’t wind up being over in half an hour).

The SS United States was the fastest passenger (or cruise ship) ever in service. Seen here being welcomed to New York in the 1950s.

Both are faster than you’d expect; the United States holds the Blue Riband, the speed record for fastest ocean-going passenger vessel to cross the Atlantic, while the Range Rover can blast from 0 to 60 miles per hour in seven seconds or less. (Exact figures are hard to come by for the HSE; the Land Rover website only lists a 7.1 second run for the lesser, 340-hp version.)

Click here for more information on the SS United States.

 

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