Signifying the capability of the legendary Land Rover, its latest editions, the Range Rover Hybrid is being put through its concluding engineering task, a 16,013 kilometer journey to check its endurance level. This challenge is to prove that Land Rover ‘still got it’ and to establish the power of the new Hybrid. This harsh and long journey began from its motherland, Solihull, United Kingdom on the 22nd of August 2013. In the due course of more than 7 weeks, the Hybrid will tread across Europe, Russia and Asia before arriving in Mumbai, India on 15th October.
Codenamed ‘the Silk Trail’, the long journey will connect many historical places from east to west. The name was derived from the silk trading business of ancient China, which went a long way to many continents, including this route. This was the reason for the development of civilizations in Europe and Asia from 206 BC till the late 14th century AD. Dougie Dale, the Silk Trail 2013 expedition leader quoted that, all the drivers are delighted with the advancement till now, but the European roads are the easy part, thanks to good network that allowed them to use the hybrid technology to a greater and longer extent in urban regions. He said as the run extends towards Eastern Europe and afar, over the course of next week, the terrain can get rough and we have to really start using the Hybrid’s uncompromised potential.
Divided into 10 stages, the Silk Trail will pass through France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Ukraine, Russia, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Nepal and finally arrive in India. The Hybrid will go on sale in the European market on the 10th of September, and deliveries will begin in the early months of 2014. The Hybrid is powered by a 3.0 liter V6 turbodiesel with 288 bhp and 530 NM of Torque. This engine is coupled with an electric motor which contains 46 bhp and 170 NM of Torque. The top speed achieved by the electric motor alone will be 48 Kmph.