Partners Land Rover and Virgin Galactic have given an insight into the extreme testing their respective machines undergo – on land and in space.
Most cars go through extensive testing before appearing in showrooms, but Land Rover’s off-road models have to be tested on and off the Tarmac. As the upcoming Discovery Sport is entering its final assessment phase, prototypes have been put to the test across the globe.
Prototype Discovery Sports have covered around 750,000 miles during testing and development, with the cars subjected to temperatures from -36 to +42 degrees and dunked in water up to 600mm deep. To check the machine’s off-road ability, engineers have taken the car up 40 degree inclines and down 45 degree slopes.
All in all, the new Land Rover has passed through 11,720 tests to make sure it’s tough enough to cope with anything prospective owners may throw at it. The Discovery Sport will make its global debut on September 3.
There is a common philosophy towards engineering between Land Rover and our partners Virgin Galactic. We start with an idea and build from there, spending years refining a design and completing virtual testing before the first prototypes see the tarmac.
Murray Dietsch, Programme Director at Land Rover, said: "Discovery Sport prototypes have covered approximately 750,000 miles during the testing phase, in some of the world's harshest and most challenging terrains and climates.
“A total of 181 prototype vehicles were built, completing over 11,000 tests over their lifetimes around the globe, ensuring total confidence in the robustness of build and design of the vehicles.”
Pioneering commercial spaceline Virgin Galactic has teamed up with Land Rover as “global partners in adventure, innovation and exploration”.
Dietsch continued: "There is a common philosophy towards engineering between Land Rover and our partners Virgin Galactic. We start with an idea and build from there, spending years refining a design and completing virtual testing before the first prototypes see the tarmac.”
"As we look to launching the world's first spaceline, Virgin Galactic continues to push boundaries and develop pioneering new innovations that bring to life our vision," said George Whitesides, CEO of Virgin Galactic. "In engineering and design, like Land Rover, our focus is on precision, ingenuity, and unparalleled design."
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