Three Range Rover Hybrids have completed the 'Silk Trail', driving over 10,000 miles from the UK to Mumbai, India, via China and Nepal
Darren Moss
14 October 2013

Three Range Rover Hybrid prototypes have completed the 10,472 mile Silk Trail.

In total, the trip took 53 days and crossed 13 counties and two continents.

The cars originally left Land Rover's West Midlands HQ two months ago, having been set the challenge of following the 2000-year-old trading route to Mumbai, India.

Land Rover sees the mammoth endurance drive as the final development test drive for its new Range Rover Hybrid. In total, the journey is expected to take seven weeks and see the team travel through 14 countries.

The route is treacherous, however, and saw the team conquer rough terrain, mountains and temperatures of up to 43 degrees.

Now at the end of the journey, the team reports that the only things to have slowed them down so far are some lengthy border crossings, 15 punctures, four damaged wheels and four cracked windscreens.

Indeed, the Range Rover Hybrids, which are each powered by 3.0-litre turbocharged V6 engine in conjunction with an electric motor, have scarcely missed a beat. The cars each have a peak power output of 335bhp and 516lb ft of torque, which enables the team to make swift progress.

During the latter stages of the trip the expedition spent several days at altitudes betwen 11,000 and 17,648 feet, before then descending into China and eventually into India.

JLR electric vehicles boss Peter Richings said, "The world’s first diesel hybrid expedition along the Silk Trail pioneered an ambitious route across Europe and Asia that would have been impassable to most other types of vehicle – but no matter how hostile the conditions, the Range Rover Hybrid prototypes took it all in their stride."

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28 September 2013

Some nice PR for an awful car.

28 September 2013
Ray60 wrote:

Some nice PR for an awful car.

If JLR pull this off it will likely boost sales and however pointless you and I may feel this vehicle is, more sales mean more work for British workers.

 

I'm a disillusioned former Citroëniste.

28 September 2013

Why is it an awful car?

It does read like it is one of the articles that are marked as "Advertising Feature" in magazines

28 September 2013
superstevie wrote:

Why is it an awful car?

Ugly, overpriced, too blinged-up, slow, not that economical (especially considering it's a diesel-hybrid), unreliable... I could go on.

I find it unbelievable that a supposedly unbiased magazine would produce such an article. It's almost as though it's been written by Land Rover themselves. Pathetic.

28 September 2013
Ray60 wrote:
superstevie wrote:

Why is it an awful car?

Ugly, overpriced, too blinged-up, slow, not that economical (especially considering it's a diesel-hybrid), unreliable... I could go on.

I find it unbelievable that a supposedly unbiased magazine would produce such an article. It's almost as though it's been written by Land Rover themselves. Pathetic.

I don't think its ugly at all. A Pontiac Aztek is ugly. A Ford Scorpio is ugly. The Tata Magic Iris is ugly (google it). A Fiat Multipla is, well you get the picture! I get its not to everyone's tastes, but I think it is a handsome car, far better looking than a Merc GL or the new X5.

Have they released official price yet? Autocar have speculated it will be in top spec only, but it hasn't been confirmed. Looking in RR website, the info will be out soon.

Blinged up? Hmmm maybe a little, I don't particularly like the DRLs.

Considering the size and weight of the car, its not bad. I think it could have been better, but that will come with development of the technology

Previous car was average, new car is unrated yet. You can't automatically say it is unreliable based on the previous car

28 September 2013
superstevie wrote:

I don't think its ugly at all.

I think it's vile! The lights are horrible, and there's too much bling. I prefer how its rivals are more understated, even though they still are pretty in-your-face.

superstevie wrote:

Have they released official price yet? Autocar have speculated it will be in top spec only, but it hasn't been confirmed. Looking in RR website, the info will be out soon.

The standard TDV6 is too expensive as it is, so this hybrid will undoubtedly be overpriced.

superstevie wrote:

Considering the size and weight of the car, its not bad. I think it could have been better, but that will come with development of the technology

As for 44mpg, a non-hybrid X5 can beat that! That figure should be what the TDV6 achieves without the assistance of an electric motor. Really not up to scratch for a new engine.

superstevie wrote:

Previous car was average, new car is unrated yet. You can't automatically say it is unreliable based on the previous car

I saw a 13-plate Range Rover with the bonnet up at the side of the M25 recently.

14 October 2013

Glad to see Ray60 is consistent in his waffle and drivel.

Yes Ray. The Range Rover is such a bad car, that there's a 6 month waiting list. I'd like to see your wonderful BMW X5 go over the same terrain as the Range Rover.

19 October 2013

Only idiots would buy this Range Rover.

19 October 2013
pychris wrote:

I'd like to see your wonderful BMW X5 go over the same terrain as the Range Rover.

I don't have an X5. The X5 is an awful car. It's miles better than the Range Rover, but it's an awful car nonetheless.

28 September 2013

Ray60 is trolling. He's a Mercedes fanboi. Of course, Mercedes don't produce a car like this so he hates it.


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