In the latest of Land Rover’s Driven Challenges, the production-spec 503bhp Supercharged Sport will be driven from Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia over a distance of more than 600 miles (1000km approx), further than the length of France, to the finish line at the border with the United Arab Emirates.
At the wheel will be 47-year-old Spanish off-road truck racer Moi Torrallardona, who has ten successive Dakar Rallies to his name, including two top ten truck class finishes, and he also took part in the 1990 Camel Trophy – finishing fourth overall on the Siberian event for Team Spain.
Torrallardona and the Sport will take-on the second-largest desert on the planet – an enormous expanse covering four countries in the Arabic Peninsula: Saudi Arabia, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen. To survive, he will have to power over monumental 850ft sand dunes in temperatures above 50 degrees C.
The Autobiography Dynamic-spec Sport is running on 20-inch Style 12 wheels with Michelin Latitude Sport tyres, and has the optional stainless steel underbody protection plates, and a dog guard in the rear load area.
The previous Driven Challenge, in June, saw Paul Dallenbach set a new SUV record on the 12.42-mile Pikes Peak hillclimb course in Colorado, USA. See here
Other challenges planned include driving to the northern Pole of Cold. Land Rover had intended to also wade through the Dead Sea, and climb into the Himalayas with the Sport, but it appears to have shelved those plans – for now, at least. See here