The team has spent the last week crossing the varied landscapes of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, in an expedition described by Land Rover as the ‘final validation test before sign-off for production’.
The 10,000-mile mission has been underway for twenty days now, and has been filling our news feeds with some spectacular images from the field.
Despite their heavy loads and the punishing terrain, the hybrid Range Rovers have suffered only four punctures and one cracked windscreen between them. So far they have averaged over 40mpg – tantalizingly close to their official consumption figure of 44.1mpg combined.
The hybrid drivetrain, unveiled in August, combines Land Rover’s established TDV6 engine with a 35kW electric motor, and will be available on both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport. Churning out 335bhp and 516lb ft, the hybrids give the same grunt as Land Rover’s mighty SDV8 engine, but their emissions and mpg are comparable to the modest Freelander eD4.
The technology is also being made available on the Range Rover Sport, and the order books are already open.
The expedition has been filling our news feeds with some fantastic images. You can follow the Silk Trail 2014 expedition by visiting the Land Rover Media Centre website by clicking here.