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Land Rover Sets New Record for Empty Quarter Crossing

Cynics said it was a frivolous stundt at best, a reckless endeavor at worst. Regardless of what some have to say about the Range Rover Sport and its position in the world of offroad travel, it has now nabbed the record for the fastest crossing of the Empty Quarter of the Arabian Peninsula.

The Empty Quarter is an inhospitable place with temps often soaring over 120 Fº and shifting dunes impeding progress. It was however, no match for the Range Rover Sport. Spanish driver, Moi Torrallardona, a veteran racer with several successful campaigns at the Dakar Rally, covered the challenging 527 mile journey in just 10 hours and 22 minutes. All in a bone stock Range Rover Sport. The one minor modification was a plate installed beneath the vehicle to protect it from damage. Other than that, it was a showroom Rover. Land Rover has announced the release of a documentary of the drive later next month. This record comes on the heels of the new London to Cape Town record set in a Land Rover LR3.


Images courtesy of Land Rover and Caterham


Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.