New Range Rover Sport Sets Fastest Recorded Time for ‘Empty Quarter’ Desert Crossing

Some days back we reported about the new Range Rover Sport getting ready for a desert expedition, dubbed as ‘Empty Quarter’ in Saudi Arabia. While today the good news is that, the British off-roader has crossed that desert patch successfully and marked a record in the Guinness Book of World Records.

However, the ‘Empty Quarter’ is known as one of the harshest and most challenging desert environments on the planet. The Empty Quarter – or Rub’ al Khali – is the largest sand desert in the world and the second largest desert after the Sahara.

The team started the journey from Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia, stretching across 849km all the way to the destination at border of the United Arab Emirates in just 10 hours and 22 minutes at an average speed of 51.87 mph (81.87 km/h), where the route dictated by the conditions on the ground.

To make the condition worst, temperatures in the desert exceeds 50°C, with no reliable water sources and an ever-shifting terrain, with sand dunes rising 850ft into the air. Hence, the said terrain puts the driver to the real test against his machine. We learnt that, the man behind the wheel of new Range Rover Sport was the Land Rover driver Moi Torrallardona, a 47 year-old Spanish off-road racer with extensive experience of the Dakar Rally, in which he competed for ten successive years with a best finish of 6th overall. Though, to conclusion, the vehicle has proven its worth even in some of the harshest terrains on earth, with the luxury at its best on the lap.

New Range Rover Sport

Commenting on this achievement, Torrallardona said, “The challenge of the desert is like nothing else, it is a brutal, unforgiving and sometimes deadly environment. Desert driving requires a unique combination of speed, finesse and technical skill. It is crucial that you tackle the dunes with precision. Knowing the right time to go full throttle and the right time to slow down, takes experience and clear judgement. This unique way of driving requires a vehicle which has the same skillset – it must be both incredibly fast but also agile, responsive and well planted. The Range Rover Sport is exactly that. It is massively capable and is truly the best tool for conquering the desert.”

The team set off for the expedition following the first ray of light on 3rd November 2013, and finished the challenge 10 hours later on the border at the time of falling sunset.

New Range Rover Sport hadn’t entertained any of the changes for this challenge, except the fitment of an underbody protection plate. Meanwhile, the 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine of 510PS with standard tyres stood frugal amongst all the odds.

New Range Rover Sport Sets Fastest Recorded Time for 'Empty Quarter' Desert Crossing

‘Empty Quarter” is the second challenge that the new Range Rover Sport has completed in recent months, following the recent record of hill climb for a production SUV at Pikes Peak back in June. These feats are part of a series of global driving challenges in which the Range Rover Sport is pushed to new limits.

More about the Empty Quarter, the region is spanned across four countries in the Arabic Peninsula: Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. And probably, the specialized 4×4 off road vehicles only are driven here, where they are taught to be approached with extreme caution.

New Range Rover Sport to drive over 1000 km in Empty Quarter

New Range Rover has hosted flag for many of the firsts in its brand, but some doesn’t thinks so!

Well, taking the mettle in their own striding way, we now are about to name one person here who has planned to replenish the new Sport in the harsh terrain for a fastest world record of land vehicle crossing it.

Not needed to be anguish over him, he is the 47 year-old Spanish off-road racer, Moi Torrallardona with 10 successive Dakar Rally participations, and is about to put the New Range Rover Sport on test at Dawn to dusk drive in the record breaking time at treacherous ‘Empty Quarter’ terrain.

Specifically in the images, one can see vehicle going last moment preparation for the test.

New Range Rover Sport Dawn to dusk drive of over 1000 km in Empty Quarter

Making known, the start line of treacherous ‘Empty Quarter’ terrain is slated at Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia, while the end is stretched all the way to the border of United Arab Emirates, covering a distance of more than 1000kms.

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However, the drive in this dazzling terrain maybe a dream for all off-roaders around the world, but we guess, it’s not everybody’s cup of tea, because crossing this 1000+kms patch includes undergoing temperaments like surviving 50 degrees C in the day, and the quenching sand dunes rising 850ft into the air.

New Range Rover Sport

We are informed that sand specialist vehicles only are driven in this patch. However, it will be interesting to see whether this sophisticated luxury British off-roader will be able to survive those harsh bruising contexts of hardworking bare basics 4×4 supplemented vehicles or not.

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James Bond reveals the new Range Rover Sport in New York

British car maker Land Rover, in partnership with Tata Group of India, has revealed its all new second-generation Range Rover Sport. After its massive turnaround of JLR under Tata, Land Rover has successfully launched one refreshed and 3 all new products.

Land Rover stated that it is the most responsive and the fastest model of Rover till date. With 36 per cent increased sales over the previous year, the Evoque was a runaway success and made 2012 a very successful year for the firm.

On the eve of NY Auto Show, the company preferred the live drive via the city for the introduction as its Range Rover Sport’s major metropolitan zone and United States its top selling nation across the world.

Daniel drove the innovative sport utility vehicle through tight streets in Manhattan, and delivered the brand new Range Rover Sport to a jam-packed throng of invitees. The big list consisted of Yasmin Le Bon (Model), Michael Strahan, Zara Phillips MBE and Jade Jagger (Designer) at Skylight at Moynihan Station on eighth Avenue where the car was authoritatively disclosed initially.

James Bond introduces new Range Rover
During the last year (2012), after the launching of the all new generation Flagship Range Rover sport utility vehicle (SUV), the third member of the family has come out of the den.

The new Range Rover Sport supports the same all aluminum construction, and makes use of the same platform as its predecessor.

Even though 75 per cent of the components are not shared with Range Rover, the new Range Rover offers you tauter handling, sporty offer with great dynamics plus the new Sport promises to be more agile.

Though it is too early to speak on how much it costs because you could be undertaking the feature list and its position, the Sport is expected to be very promising.

Being significantly lighter (due to building), with SkyFall (the most recent James Bond movie), the JLR has cashed in on the film, Daniel Craig now intends to help by unveiling the car.

The new Sport is going to compete with Volkswagen Touareg, BMW X5 and the Audi Q7.

The initial Range Rover Sport was rolled out in the year 2005 and has since sold approximately 380,000 vehicle units all over the globe with New York being the major market.

The innovative model will go on sale by the third quarterly period of 2013 in over 169 markets all over the globe; India is absolutely one of them.