2014 Range Rover Sport tries to set record in crossing Empty Quarter

Article by Anita Panait, on October 30, 2013

Land Rover will try to set this coming week the fastest recorded time for a land vehicle crossing of the 'Empty Quarter,' using a standard production 2014 Range Rover Sport. The Empty Quarter route will cover over 1,000km (622 miles), starting from Wadi Adda Wasir, Saudi Arabia to the border of the United Arab Emirates.

Land Rover is already making last minute checks at the starting line on the 2014 Range Rover Sport, to be driven by Moi Torrallardona, a Spanish off-road racer with extensive experience of the Dakar Rally.

The Empty Quarter is considered as one of the harshest and most challenging desert environments on earth, boasting of an arid climate with no reliable water sources as well as an ever-shifting terrain.

The Empty Quarter features temperatures of over 50 degrees C (122 degrees F) in the day and immense sand dunes towering 850ft into the air. Challenging the Empty Quarter is a production-spec 2014 Range Rover Sport – a departure from the belief that only specialist sand vehicles could take on the route.

Land Rover will issue a full press release that comes with a selection of images from the Empty Quarter challenge and b-roll on November 4. The carmaker will exhibit the challenge vehicle at the Dubai Motor Show on November 5. Land Rover will also release a short documentary of the record attempt.

The dynamic all-new Range Rover Sport has an intense and progressive exterior design which situates the vehicle confidently within the most recent Range Rover line-up. With a new rendition of the present model's strong design DNA, the brand-new car has a smooth and modern look, with its slanting roofline providing a unique sporting character.

All-new Sport is only 62mm longer than its predecessor, yet at 4850mm, it is smaller than other 7-seater SUVs and most E segment cars, allowing more significant handling and smoothness of parking. However, a significantly elongated wheelbase (increased by 178mm) allows bigger room and enhanced access for rear passengers. The all-new Sport is 149mm shorter and 55mm lower than the brand-new Range Rover on which it is based and model-for-model weighs 45kg less.

Exciting fresh renditions of Range Rover Sport design cues include the classic clamshell bonnet, floating roof and side fender vents. The cars additionally highlight daring new interpretations of the robust wheel arch graphic, horizontal body features lines and distinguishable rocker moldings which are key components of the model's strong DNA.

While keeping the strong Range Rover Sport character, the front end has a more current, streamlined look, with its leaner lights, rearward slanting grille and more etched corners.

The "S" in SUV is taken to a whole new level with the brand-new Range Rover Sport. It's dynamic and intense with a massive road presence. It has a low center of gravity that advances a dynamic position while conveying its athletic abilities. Its energetic attributes are likewise highlighted by the car’s high belt line, short overhangs, and exclusive silhouette, truly, there is nothing else like it.

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