The new Range Rover Sport especially in its V8 petrol guise is quite a fast and capable SUV. Ever since its star-studded global reveal it has been showing off its capabilities with new records. The new Range Rover Sport has set the fastest recorded time for a land vehicle crossing of the 'Empty Quarter'. Also known as Rub' al Khali - it is the largest sand desert in the world and the second largest desert after the Sahara.
As you might expect temperatures exceed by 50°C plus wih no water in sight. Tough conditions is a massive understatement here. The journey from Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia to the border of the United Arab Emirates was completed in 10 hours and 22 minutes at an average speed of 81.87 km/h, covering a distance of 849km with the route dictated by the conditions on the ground.
The car used was a standard production new Range Rover Sport with a 510PS 5.0-litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, running standard tyres with the only modification being the fitment of an underbody protection plate. The team at first light on November 3rd and finished the challenge 10 hours later on the border as the sun was setting.
This is the second time the new RRS has completed a challenge with the first being a record hill climb for a production SUV at Pikes Peak back in June.