Range Rover Sport Crosses the Empty Quarter
|   Friday, December 20, 2013
Range Rovers are known for their massive off road capability along with on road prowess. However, records were broken last month when a Range Rover Sport managed to cross over the world's largest segment of sand – Empty Quarter, located in Saudi Arabia. This is a 527 Mile route which has been covered many times in the past in modified vehicles. But this was the first time a production car managed to complete this task without much difficulties.

A Range Rover Sport completed this daunting journey within 10 hours and 22 minutes with Moi Torrallardona behind its wheels.
Moi is a 47 year old Dakar Rally veteran and is highly experienced in off road driving. Moi has a record 10 Championship wins to his name and was a perfect choice for a desert challenge such as this. Only modifications made to the Sport were off road tires and an additional skid plate underneath its body frame. According to Land Rover, this vehicle could easily be taken to the mall even with these said modifications.

The Sport started its quest on November 3rd during the early morning from Wadi Ad Dawasir and arrived 10 hours later at United Arab Emirates. Not only did Land Rover set up a record for crossing a desert – laced with dangerous terrains and extreme temperature differences – in record time, it also set up an unofficial style statement as it moved directly to the Dubai Motor Show after completing this run.

Throughout the 527 Mile route, the Sport managed to maintain an average speed of 51.87 MPH. Although this was sufficiently high for a production model, vehicles competing in Dakar maintain higher average speed. Even though people think there are not many things which need to be avoided colliding with on a desert – it is known as the Empty Quarter after all – a short film based on this journey was captured, which show what all needed to be avoided while driving on a desert.

Driving under such extreme desert conditions take a toll on all and the team had to avoid hitting camels, sand dunes and large rocks which seemed to have appeared without any previous warning. This therefore required constant attention although Land Rover's advanced electronics helped steer the vehicle through every situation. This goes on to prove Land Rover's mettle in car designing and manufacture.

The Sport had to overcome some very difficult terrain during its course of journey while the most challenging part was descending from sand dunes. Watch the video to know how empty the Empty Quarter really is. This was the perfect test for man and machine and both turned out to be pretty well equipped and up to the task. Sandstorms were also a part of this journey, hence the video turned out to be pretty exciting with the perfect doze of adrenaline rush. This is set to be a huge public draw while Jaguar Land Rover has done a great job of advertising the Sports just prior to the Dubai Motor Show. Sales figures are expected to pop pretty soon.
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