Nissan X-Trail and Nissan Kicks gifted to winners of inaugural Riyadh International Marathon

From left, Abdullah Alissa, board member at Alissa Group; Prince Abdulaziz Turki Al-Faisal, vice president of GSA; and Abdallah Bakhashab, president of the organizing committee of the marathon.
Updated 17 March 2018
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Nissan X-Trail and Nissan Kicks gifted to winners of inaugural Riyadh International Marathon

Nissan Saudi Arabia has awarded a Nissan X-Trail and two Nissan Kicks cars to the winner and runners-up of the inaugural Riyadh International Marathon, held on Feb. 24, in the Kingdom’s capital.
The cars were given to the three victorious contestants as part of Nissan Saudi Arabia’s commitment to sports and youth throughout the country.
The first edition of the marathon, organized by the chairman of the General Sports Authority, Turki Al-AlShaikh, saw more than 30,000 participants from Saudi Arabia and the region take to the streets of Riyadh. Cash prizes of SR2 million ($533,340) were also given to event winners.
As part of its sponsorship, Nissan Saudi Arabia provided a fleet of vehicles for official use throughout the marathon, as well as holding three days of activities and shows for families and children in the build-up to the event.
Bader Al-Houssami, chief operating officer of Nissan Saudi Arabia, said: “This has been a truly engaging and successful sporting event, and Nissan Saudi Arabia is proud to have played a role in bringing the inaugural Riyadh International Marathon to life.
“Nissan plays a prominent role in Saudi society, where our heritage dates back to the 1950’s, and we are responsible for delivering some of the best-loved cars, including the Nissan X-Trail and Nissan Kicks. As such, Nissan Saudi Arabia’s sponsorship of this event reflects our deep commitment to the Saudi nation and the entirety of its population.”


Land Rover, Terry Grant smash world record

Stunt driver Terry Grant flipped the Range Rover Sport SVR up on to two wheels with the use of a ramp, before hitting speeds of up 60mph on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb.
Updated 19 July 2018
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Land Rover, Terry Grant smash world record

Land Rover and international stunt driver Terry Grant smashed a world record at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a two-wheel speed run in the new Range Rover Sport SVR. Grant’s 2:24.5 run up the famous hillclimb broke Grant’s old record for a mile traveled in a car on two wheels, set in 2011, by more than 30 seconds.
Grant flipped the Range Rover Sport SVR up on to two wheels with the use of a ramp, before hitting speeds of up 60mph on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb as he set the new Guinness World Record time.
Grant snatched the record in a dramatic last gasp attempt on Sunday afternoon, having attempted four runs earlier in the weekend, none of which Grant managed to complete.
The Range Rover Sport SVR is a 575hp performance SUV, capable of 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 174mph — with four wheels on the road, at least. The Range Rover Sport only required one modification for the world record run, a tweak to its differential to allow the car to deliver more power to the two wheels on the ground — both of which were pumped up to 90PSI.
Grant is a multiple world-record holder, with 25 Guinness World Records already to his name, and with this latest record, Grant has bested a 2:55 run that he himself set at Goodwood in 2011.
Stunt driver Grant said: “It really shouldn’t be underestimated how difficult a two-wheeled speed run like this is; you are always fighting to keep the car balanced right on the edge, as it tries to tip either one way or the other. You need to be conscious of everything, from the camber of the road to the strength of the wind. Thankfully, conditions were excellent and the Range Rover Sport SVR was the perfect precision tool for the job.”
The world record was not the only amazing Land Rover moment of the Festival of Speed, as 70 historic and important Land Rovers took to the hill in what was the largest batch of cars to ever tackle the famous route in one go. From 1948 to 2018, the parade of cars celebrated 70 years of one of Britain’s most iconic automotive brands.