While you can spend days poring over statistics about torque, horsepower and suspension, the only way to truly gauge a vehicle’s performance is to push it to the limit in the real world. This is exactly what Land Rover is doing with their all-new Range Rover Sport in a series of “Driven Challenges” that began this year. After setting the world record for a production vehicle in Pike’s Peak International Hill Club, the next step for the SUV was to go off-road in one of the harshest climates on earth: The Empty Quarter sand desert, the largest sand desert in the world.

The Empty Quarter is an incredibly arid and severe terrain. But enlisting Moi Torrallardona, an experienced off-road rally driver, Land Rover embarked on a journey to set a new record for the fastest desert crossing by a production vehicle.

Equipped with a 5.0 Liter LR-V8 engine, the Sport packs a lot of power but that is not all it takes to undergo such an impressive task. The sport comes equipped with the newTerrain Response® 2, which automatically adapts to the terrain, instantly delivering the best performance. Combine that with an all-new four corner air suspension system and the car produces incredibly dynamic handling that can easily conquer any off-road task.

Only making a single stop to meet a support team for refueling, the sport blazed across the sweeping landscape of the isolated Arabian Peninsula reaching speeds over 51.87 mph. The team arrived to the finish line in only 10 hours and 22 minutes to drive almost 530 miles. The All New Range Rover Sport can handle it all. Watch the video for all the action.

Photography: Gregory Stefano

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