Three Range Rover Diesel Hybrid prototypes have completed a 10,472 mile expedition along the Silk Trail from Solihull, home of Land Rover, to Mumbai, home of Jaguar Land Rover’s owners, TATA.
The journey took 53 days and the expedition drove through 13 countries and two continents in temperatures from -10 degrees to 43 degrees Celsius at altitudes of 5500 metres and over every type of terrain.
Land Rover says it is the world’s first ever hybrid expedition along the Silk Trail and one of the boldest driving adventures ever pursued by the company.
The Silk Trail 2013 expedition was the final validation test for the Range Rover Hybrid before it is signed-off for production.
The Range Rover’s hybrid engine combines a 35kW electric motor supporting the TDV6 3.0 litre turbo-diesel engine. Throughout the epic journey the Range Rover Hybrids typically returned 36 to 37 mpg.
Peter Richings, Jaguar Land Rover Hybrids and Electrification Director who took part in the final leg from Jaipur to Mumbai commented: “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.
The Range Rover Diesel Hybrid prototypes were also the first foreign-registered cars to drive China’s Xinjiang-Tibet highway.