Land Rover unveils film documenting Empty Quarter challenge

Article by Anita Panait, on December 17, 2013

Land Rover has unveiled an exclusive new short film that documents the Empty Quarter challenge that the new 2014 Range Rover Sport recently took. The documentary film tracks the team's goal to cross the Empty Quarter -- a journey from Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia to the border of the United Arab Emirates that covered 849 km -- at the fastest time possible.

The Empty Quarter -- or Rub' al Khali -- is regarded as one of the harshest and most challenging desert environments on earth, being the largest sand desert and the second largest desert after the Sahara. The Empty Quarter also boasts of extreme day temperatures that top 50 degrees Celsius, aside from being arid.

The Land Rover team completed the challenge in 10 just hours and 22 minutes, at an average speed of 51.87 mph (81.87 km/h). The documentary film features remarkable footage from inside and outside the vehicle. It also features shots of the environment that the team encountered while tackling the Empty Quarter.

The film provides a glimpse on how the Range Rover Sport took the desert flats at full speed and tackled the steep sand dunes, as well as how it navigated hordes of obstacles that the Empty Quarter could offer. The team also had to endure sand storms, immense heat and punishing jumps.

Likewise, the documentary shows behind-the-scenes footage of the 2014 Range Rover Sport's pilot, Moi Torrallardona – showing the physical and mental endurance he showed during the drive.

“The Empty Quarter was an incredible challenge and one that will live with me for the rest of my life," Torrallardona said, adding that the Range Rover Sport was the "ideal tool for conquering the desert and it is great to be able to relive the challenge through this short documentary."

The Land Rover team commenced the crossing challenge on the first light on November 3 and reached the border on the side 10 hours later.

The Empty Quarter challenge was completed using a new standard production Range Rover Sport powered by a 510-PS 5.0-liter supercharged V8 petrol engine, running on standard tires. The only modification to the vehicle was only for safety reason -- the installation of an underbody protection plate.

Crossing the Empty Quarter is the second challenge that the new 2014 Range Rover Sport has completed in recent months, following the record run at Pikes Peak in June. The vehicle was showcased at the Dubai Motor Show on November 5, around two days after it conquered the Empty Quarter.

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