Land Rover and Airstream teamed up to embarked on an expedition of “arctic” proportions. In the ultimate test of off road capability, Land Rover’s Range Rover Sport diesel hybrid towed an Airstream 684 Trailer over 2500 miles from Germany through Scandinavia to the furthest northern reaches of the earth; the Arctic Circle. Here the team encountered frostbite temperatures, depths of snow and no civilization for miles.
The Adventure Begins
The adventure began when a British Land Rover team headed to Germany. Here they hooked their Range Rover to an Airstream 684, the preferred trailer of Europe. Fully furnished, complete with two double beds, satellite TV, WiFi, Corian surfaces and a full kitchen, the 684 is a luxury hotel on wheels. Despite its 2.5 Ton weight the Range Rover barely broke a sweat towing the RV across Scandinavia thanks to its 3.0L SDV6 Diesel hybrid power engine which totals an output of 336 Horsepower and 516 ft-lbs of torque. Early in their trek the vehicles had to cross the Øresund Bridge in southern Scandinavia while it was being pounded by Hurricane Ole. Despite being pounded by high winds the vehicles didn’t flinch an inch and drove on through as if it were a simple rainstorm.
A Winter For the Ages
As the team made their way up through Scandinavia they encountered some of the worst winter conditions imaginable; black ice laced on the roads, snow up to the wheel wells and temperatures cold enough to freeze your veins. Making things tougher, the Arctic Circle is largely remote which means all off road driving through woods and trails. Despite these harsh conditions the Land Rover and the silver bullet trudged through as if it were on a highway. Testing was conducted at Land Rover’s arctic cold weather center in Arjeplog, Sweden where temperatures were regularly -22. At times the Arctic Circle temps reached -39 during the day and -42 at nightfall. Yet those inside of the Range Rover and the Airstream were comfy and warm thanks to modern heating systems in both vehicles. No matter how hostile or how rough the terrain the new Range Rover is capable of making it there.