2013 Range Rover completes 3,676-mile trip while towing an Airstream trailer

Article by Anita Panait, on January 7, 2013

Wanting to show that the all-new Range Rover holds a class-leading towing ability, Land Rover collaborated with trailer maker Airstream, considered as an American icon, to participate in an ultimate road-trip from Lake District in United Kingdom to the top of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco, and back.

Towing a newly launched Airstream 684 Series 2 aluminium travel trailer, a Range Rover Autobiography powered by a 339PS SDV8 engine took the ultimate challenge.

Range Rover and Airstream make the ideal pair, as most Airstream owners in Europe choose Land Rover vehicles to tow their travel trailers. The road trip commenced at Airstream’s trailer plant in Tebay, Cumbria. The Range Rover-Airstream pair then made its way to Oukaïmeden, Morroco, which is considered as the highest ski resort in Africa.

The pair passed several landmarks, like Land Rover’s plant in Solihull; Frank Gehry’s aluminium Marques de Riscal building in La Rioja; the beach near Casablanca; the desert outside Chichaoua; as well as the race track at Marrakesh.

Range Rover-Airstream pair committed to cruised for more than 12 hours a day on every type of road. Ultimately, the all-new Range Rover cruised 3,676 miles in just 11 days, while towing 2,399 kg Airstream – a feat that demonstrates the vehicle’s class-leading towing ability.

Ben Samuelson, whose firm Samuelson Wylie Associates planned and executed the road trip, was very impressed by the all-new Range Rover. He described the Range Rover’s towing ability as “nothing short of stunning,” adding that the vehicle pulled the two-and-a-half ton Airstream like “it simply wasn’t there.”

The elegant and clean form of the new all-new Range Rover is thanks to a new interpretation of classic Range Rover design cues. As penned, the new Range Rover marks an evolution of the model's iconic design language, but is still easily recognizable as a Range Rover.

Although it features a footprint similar to its predecessor (under five meters), the new Range Rover, comes with a more streamlined profile. This smoother profile points to the fact that this new model is the most aerodynamic Range Rover so far. In fact, the new Ranger Rover comes with coefficient of drag value that starts at 0.34 Cd, especially when the SUV is in access mode – during which the roofline sits 20 mm lower than usual.

Inside, the new Range Rover is gifted with a modern and luxurious cabin that still makes use of characteristic Range Rover design cues that have been given a contemporary treatment. Likewise, the distinctive architectural forms in the cabin are further highlighted by clean and elegant surfaces, as executed impeccably with the use of the finest veneers and leather material. In addition, the interior of the new Range Rover offers a rear cabin that is more spacious and more comfortable, thanks to the fact that its legroom is increased by 118 mm. Moreover, the new Range Rover could be equipped with the new optional two-seat Executive Class seating package.

As planned, Land Rover is allowing customers to personalize their Range Rover according to their tastes and preferences. In fact, customers could choose from a wide array of colors, finishes and special details. For instance, the new range Rover could be fitted with stylish alloy wheels (up to 22 inches in diameter). Moreover, customers opt for the color-themed cabin of the exclusive Autobiography series.

Press Release

ALL-NEW RANGE ROVER & AIRSTREAM

In order to demonstrate the class-leading towing ability of the all-new Range Rover, Land Rover teamed up with an American icon to take part in the ultimate road-trip to one of the highest points in Africa.

With a newly-launched Airstream 684 Series 2 aluminium travel trailer hitched to its electrically-deployable tow bar, a Range Rover Autobiography with the 339PS SDV8 engine was chosen for the challenge – to drive from Airstream's European home in the English Lake District, to the top of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco - and back...

More European Airstream owners choose Land Rover products to tow their 'silver bullets' than cars from any other manufacturer so all-new Range Rover and Airstream made for an appropriate pairing. The journey started at the factory where Airstream finishes its European specification trailers in Tebay, just a few miles from the Scottish border, to Oukaïmeden, which is the highest ski resort in Africa. En route, it encompassed Land Rover's state of the art factory in Solihull, Frank Gehry's amazing aluminium Marques de Riscal building in the Spanish wine region of Rioja, the beach near Casablanca, the desert outside Chichaoua and the race track at Marrakesh, where Land Rover was based for the launch of the new car.

Often on the move for more than 12 hours a day on every type of road imaginable – from the empty motorways of Spain to the precipitous hairpins of the High Atlas – the all-new Range Rover coped imperiously with the challenge of towing a 2,399 kg Airstream 3,676 miles in just 11 days.

Ben Samuelson, whose firm Samuelson Wylie Associates planned and executed the trip, was deeply impressed by the new car: "The new Range Rover's towing ability is nothing short of stunning. It pulled the two and a half tonne Airstream like it simply wasn't there.

It didn't matter what we, or the weather, threw at it – it just did the job we asked of it without question, while truly cosseting us with its extraordinary luxury and refinement. Half way through Spain, we encountered horrendous side winds, the type that sees articulated trucks tipped onto their side, but the Range Rover's Trailer Stability Assist meant that any sway in the trailer was dealt with before it ever started. And mountains. What mountains? With 700 NM of torque from that mighty V8 diesel at our disposal, there wasn't an incline that slowed us down at all, even with a gross train weight of well over 5 tonnes. What was possibly even more impressive was the way that, even after repeated 12 hour driving days, we'd step up into that exquisite cabin in the morning and still appreciate its sense of occasion."

And the overnight stays were no less luxurious...

"You can compare the Airstream to a boutique hotel – albeit a mobile one – and taking this combination of rig on your travels injects some serious style and comfort. The moment that really summed up the magic of a journey like this was waking up in the Airstream on a sunny morning next to the beach just outside Casablanca – only a few days after towing it down a crowded British motorway through typically dismal autumnal British weather. A hot shower was followed by breakfast rustled up in a luxurious Corian-worktopped kitchen and that morning's Times newspaper downloaded onto the iPad via the Airstream's satellite broadband. I think we proved that luxury and adventure are not mutually exclusive...

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