Land Rover is having its Range Rover Hybrid undergo a final engineering sign-off drive that will cover around 9,950 miles. This endurance test -- dubbed as Silk Trail 2013 -- is out to prove that the new Range Rover Hybrid is the most capable hybrid vehicle in the world.
The Range Rover Hybrid started from Land Rover's base in Solihull, United Kingdom on August 22, 2013, and is set to travel overland for over seven weeks through Europe, Russia and Asia.
The Range Rover Hybrid is bound to arrive at Mumbai, India on October 15, 2013. The Silk Trail is a historically important international trade route between China and Mediterranean, extending 4,000 miles (6,437km). The Silk Trail got its name from the Chinese silk trade that was conducted on the route.
Range Rover Hybrid's Silk Trail expedition is comprised of 10 stages, with the route covering France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Nepal and India. A group of Range Rover Hybrids are being piloted by teams of Land Rover development engineers as well as invited media from 10 countries in Europe and other nations along the route.
As of Monday, August 26, the Range Rover Hybrids have completed 833 miles (1,340km) of the route after arriving in Berlin, Germany, where they took a pause.
Berlin is considered as a symbolic meeting point between western and eastern Europe, reflecting the Silk Trail’s connecting of the western world with the far east. The Range Rover Hybrids left Berlin on Wednesday for the 1,094-mile (1,760km) Stage 2 drive to Cracow, Poland and Odessa, Ukraine.