2013 Range Rover's 5900km tow trip
EPIC TOW TRIP:
With a new Airstream 684 Series 2 aluminium travel trailer hitched to its gooseneck, a Range Rover Autobiography, powered by a 249kW SDV8 engine, was chosen for a unique challenge – Drive from Airstream’s home in England to the top of the Atlas Mountains in Morocco... and back.
FROM ENGLAND TO MOROCCO... AND BACK:
Often on the move for more than 12 hours a day, Ben Samuelson, whose firm Samuelson Wylie Associates planned and executed the trip, coped imperiously with the challenge of towing a 2399kg trailer, 5915km in just 11 days.
SIGHT-SEEING ALONG THE WAY:
The journey started at Airstream's factory in Tebay, a few kilometres south of the Scottish border, to Oukaïmeden, the highest ski resort in Africa. The route included a trip to Land Rover’s factory in Solihull, England and Frank Gehry’s aluminium Marques de Riscal building in Rioja, Spain.
UNMATCHED TOW CAPACITY:
Samuelson commented that: “The new Range Rover’s towing ability is nothing short of stunning. It pulled the two-and-a-half tonne Airstream like it simply wasn’t there." This is the stony desert around Marrakech in Morocco.
LAUNCH OF THE NEXT GENERATION RANGE ROVER:
The team also traversed the desert outside Chichaoua and the race track at Marrakesh, where Land Rover held the launch of its new Range Rover 4x4.
MOUNTAINS? WHAT MOUNTAINS:
Team leader Samuelson commented on the Range Rover's performance: "Mountains? What mountains? With 700Nm of torque from that mighty V8 diesel at our disposal, there wasn’t an incline that slowed us down at all, even with a gross train weight of well over five tonnes." The snow is on the Atlas mountains.
LUXURY LIVING IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS:
You can compare the Airstream to a boutique hotel, albeit a mobile one and taking this combination of rig on your travels injects some serious style and comfort.
CAMPING IN STYLE:
Sure, the Airstream is not exactly in the spirit of getting to grips with nature, but there's something to be said for camping in the bundu with a luxury bed, hot showers and a kichen.
NEW STANDARD IN LUXURY 4x4:
Land Rover appears to have taken customers’ suggestions into consideration when designing the fourth-generation Range Rover: “Don’t change it,” they said. “Just make it better.” We say mission accomplished.