A few weeks ago Range Rover proudly announced that their new Sport has successfully completed a tough – and as far as the car’s typical customers are concerned, pointless – challenge in the Empty Quarter Arabian desert. Now they’ve made a documentary chronicling the Sport’s journey from the start to the finish line.
Range Rover Sport Empty Quarter challenge consisted of 849 km of the toughest terrain on the face of the earth, from Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia to the border of the United Arab Emirates. The car completed the course in 10 hours and 22 minutes at an average speed of 51.87 mph (81.87 km/h).
The new Range Rover Sport also holds the record for the fastest production SUV at the Pikes Peak, so this must have been a piece of cake:
Some of the obstacles the Sport encountered in its path in the Empty Quarter include desert flats, steep sand dunes, sand storms, rogue camels, and severe jumps. The challenge was completed in a standard production new Range Rover Sport with a 510PS 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, running standard tyres, and the driver behind the wheel was 47 year-old Spanish off-road racer Moi Torrallardona.
Range Rover Sport is a hugely capable car on and off the road. This serves as a proof of that. The thing is, 99 percent of the cars sold will never even leave the urban jungle, let alone deal with sand dunes and stuff. Still, it feels good to know that the Sport is so capable.