5 November 2013
Range Rover Sport sets desert record
The Empty Quarter - or Rub' al Khali - is the largest sand desert in the world and the second largest desert after the Sahara. Day time temperatures can exceed 50 degrees C. The ever-shifting terrain provides a true test for man and machine.
The vehicle used was a standard production new Range Rover Sport with a 510hp, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, running on standard tyres. The only change was the fitment of an underbody protection plate.
He said "The challenge of the desert is like nothing else, brutal, unforgiving and sometimes deadly. Desert driving requires a unique combination of speed, finesse and technical skill. It is crucial that you tackle sand dunes with precision - knowing the right time to go full throttle and the right time to slow down." He said a vehicle has to have the same skillset - it must be both incredible fast but also agile, responsive and well planted. "The Range Rover is exactly that, the best tool for conquering the desert."
The team met with a constantly challenging landscape including vast sand flats, soft dunes and epic canyons. They had set off at first light on 3 November and finished as the sun was setting.