Range Rover sets new desert record

Range Rover sets new desert record

A Range Rover Sport has crossed the Empty Quarter (Rub'al Khali) desert between Wadi Addi Wasir in Saudi Arabia and the border of the United Arab Emirates in a new world record.

With a 5.0-litre supercharged engine the Range Rover made the crossing in 10 hours and 22 minutes travelling the 530 miles at an average speed of 51.87mph.

The car driven by veteran Dakar rally driver Moi Torrallardona, was a completely standard model, accept for the use of an additional protection plate under the chassis.

"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," Torrallardona said.

"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."

Copyright Press Association 2013