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Land Rover Completes s First Hybrid Expedition Silk Trail From to Mumbai

Three Range Diesel Hybrid prototypes 16,860 km along the Silk from Solihull, home of Rover, to Mumbai, home of Land Rover’s owners,

Journey covered 53 days, 13 and two continents putting the Range Hybrid prototypes through final extreme engineering test

Tested to the limits in from -10 degrees to 43 degrees at altitudes of 5500 metres and every type of terrain

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Mumbai, 14 October 2013. Range Rover Diesel prototypes have completed the engineering sign-off test by 13 countries over 53 days Solihull, UK, to Mumbai, India. The first ever hybrid along the Silk Trail and one of the driving adventures ever by Land Rover.

Hostile conditions on the route asphalt roads riddled vast and deep potholes, desert trails in 43°C and numerous miles of mud and gravel and cattle trails. In addition, crossings, passes clinging to the of mountains partly blocked by falls, the thin air of extremely altitudes and the dense and erratic of Chinese and Indian roads all to the test of man and machine.

The Silk 2013 expedition was the final test for the Range Rover before it is signed-off for production. the home of the Legend in Solihull, UK, it a trail through France, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, (including Tibet), Nepal and For much of this distance the followed the legendary Silk trading routes that connected Asia with more than 2,500 ago.

Overnight halts were in hotels, hostels and tents at of the same staging posts all those years ago by Silk merchants, missionaries and mercenaries.

the north and south Silk split, near the remote of Kashgar in north-western China, the pioneered a mountainous route previously completed by a vehicle outside the country and never seen in its entirety by any westerner – the highway, which put the new Range Hybrid through its paces at of over 5,300 metres sea level.

Seven consecutive days spent at altitudes between and 5,379 metres. At such heights, oxygen content in the air is from the 21 percent found at to as little as 10 percent, making more difficult for humans and combustion engines. The Range continued to make good benefitting from the electric instant torque at 0 rpm and despite laden with heavy including luggage, camping food, medical equipment, and roof-racks carrying spare tyres and jerry cans of

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Negotiating tracks so sticky mud that they were to other types of vehicle, the Rover hybrid’s engine – with a 35kW electric supporting the TDV6 3.0 litre engine – returned excellent consumption for a vehicle so spacious and Throughout the epic journey the Rover Hybrids typically 36 to 37 mpg.

Land Rover development closely monitored data fitted to each car, back more than 300 of detailed technical records to engineering team at Gaydon in the UK. The of the expedition was not to test the reliability of components, which are already but to fine-tune the calibration of engine and software to ensure perfectly performance in all terrains and extreme and altitudes. Technical setbacks the roughness of the road surfaces: 15 among the expedition’s three Rover Hybrid and four vehicles, four wheels by deep potholes, and four cracked by stones thrown-up on surfaces.

Peter Richings, Land Rover Hybrids and Director who took part in the leg from Jaipur to Mumbai “The world’s first hybrid expedition along the Trail pioneered an ambitious across Europe and Asia would have been to most other types of – but no matter how hostile the conditions, the Rover Hybrid prototypes it all in their stride.

“In developing the hybrid-powered Range our objective was to gain hybrid’s economy and carbon emissions without compromising the Range go-anywhere capabilities, its cabin or its refinement. The success of this expedition clearly demonstrates we achieved that.”


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