Land Rover has released a documentary film charting the new Range Rover Sport’s challenge to complete the fastest recorded crossing of the Empty Quarter desert. The video tracks the team’s 849 km journey from Wadi Adda Wasir in Saudi Arabia to the border of the United Arab Emirates. The team completed the challenge on November 3, finishing in 10 hours and 22 minutes with an average speed of 81.87 km/h.

The short film features spectacular footage from inside and outside the vehicle, as well as epic shots of the barren environment that the team faced as they tackled the largest sand desert in the world.

Viewers will see the RR Sport pummel the desert flats at full speed, tip toe down steep sand dunes and navigate the myriad of obstacles that the desert threw up – including rogue camels appearing from nowhere! Sand storms, immense heat and punishing jumps are just some of the challenges that pushed man and machine to the limit.


Behind-the-scenes footage shows the man behind the drive – 47-year-old Spanish off-road racer Moi Torrallardona – and charts the physical and mental endurance that led to his success.

The challenge was completed in a standard production new Range Rover Sport with a 510 PS 5.0 litre supercharged V8 petrol engine, running standard tyres. The only modification to the vehicle was the fitment of an underbody protection plate. This vehicle was displayed at the Dubai Motor Show on the November 5, just two days after completing the desert crossing.

This Empty Quarter desert adventure comes after the Range Rover Sport conquered Pikes Peak in 12 minutes 35.61 seconds, a record for a production SUV. Click here to see it scale the famous mountain.