By Andy Sambidge
Vigorous testing in extreme desert heat takes place ahead of Sept 3 launch of new Discovery Sport
Premium car manufacturer Land Rover has offered a glimpse into the world of prototype testing and development of new vehicles in the searing summer temperatures of the UAE.
Ahead of the September 3 launch of the new Discovery Sport, Land Rover has created a series of films with exclusive behind the scenes footage of the rigorous testing each vehicle endures in the extreme desert heat and humid climate conditions of the Middle East.
The company said the testing will continue until the first production vehicle rolls off the manufacturing line in the UK next month.
Bruce Robertson, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover in MENA said: "As the new Discovery Sport enters its final testing phase, Land Rover MENA is incredibly proud to reveal the scale of endurance tests that our vehicles go through right here in the region for our MENA customers.
"Over the past year our global engineers, in conjunction with our Engineering Test Centre team here in Dubai, have spent thousands of man hours carrying out a comprehensive range of tests including durability, calibration and hot weather testing for heat and humidity.
"The team have also tested powertrains, chassis and heating and ventilation systems, as well as the off-road and sand driving capability of Land Rover's unique Terrain Response system."
He added: "Our Land Rover engineering philosophy of regional vehicle testing ensures each and every Land Rover vehicle has proven durability and reliability and can withstand the high temperatures, driving conditions and desert terrain that we experience here in the Middle East."
Now sold in 40 dealerships across 17 markets in MENA, Land Rover has expanded regional testing capabilities considerably to meet the needs of its growing customer base in the region, further boosted by the launch last year of an enhanced $1.5 million state-of-the-art test centre for Land Rover product test engineering in the Middle East region.
A training academy has also been developed to enable Jaguar Land Rover to replicate the in-depth training offered by its UK-based academy.
The new Discovery Sport has entered its final development phase with prototype fleets completing testing globally. Having covered over 1.2 million kilometres in some of the world's harshest and most challenging terrains and climates, a total of 181 Land Rover Discovery Sport prototype vehicles have completed over 11,000 tests around the world.