The Galactic Discovery Competition!

Interested in taking the trip of a lifetime?  Well if so then Land Rover Austin is here to get you started as we proudly present the Land Rover Galactic Discovery Competition!

Land Rover has marked the new Discovery Sport’s debut by launching a worldwide competition with Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic spaceline.  Running online from now until the end of October, the winning entry will see four lucky friends head into space aboard the amazing VSS Enterprise spaceship!

The groundbreaking prize was revealed in a short film featuring the likes of Sir Ranulph Fiennes and Bear Grylls, and coincided with the global unveil of the new Discovery Sport at Spaceport America in New Mexico.

To enter, competitors must produce a 30-second video or a still image that demonstrates their spirit of adventure. Entries can be submitted at and the winning group of four will be announced this December, with Land Rover expecting thousands of submissions from over 40 countries during the next four months.

Land Rover and Virgin Galactic are exploring potential projects and the development of immersive experiences for customers across the globe.   The collaboration is also being used by both companies to inspire a future generation of engineers through Jaguar Land Rover’s Inspiring Tomorrow’s Engineers program and Galactic Unite, created by Virgin Galactic.

We wish you the best of luck in the contest and don’t forget to visit Land Rover Austin in Austin, Texas to feast your eyes upon all of our “out of this world” luxury SUVs!

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The 2014 Invictus Games

Land Rover Austin along with our parent company, Jaguar Land Rover, have proudly paid tribute to the 413 servicemen and women who captivated Britain this week at the inaugural Invictus Games.

The international sporting event, which has been championed by Prince Harry and presented by Jaguar Land Rover, saw servicemen and women from 13 nations join together and compete across four days of inspirational sport.

At Sunday’s closing concert, two special awards were presented to Invictus competitors Joe Townsend and Maurice Manuel.  Townsend lifted The Jaguar Award for Exceptional Performance, having followed up his four gold medals at Wednesday’s athletics with silver and bronze in hand cycling on Saturday. Townsend, who has previously cycled 3,000 miles across the USA, was presented with his award by Team Sky cyclist Ian Stannard and Olympic rower Katherine Grainger.

The veteran Royal Marine, who lost both legs above the knee after standing on an anti-tank mine in Afghanistan in 2008, stated:  “To be selected for this award from over 400 inspiring competitors is very special. The first ever Invictus Games have been an incredible event and this award caps a week I will remember for the rest of my life.”

Denmark’s Maurice Manuel was named the Land Rover Unconquerable Soul for going above and beyond, in his commitment to the Games. Captaining and coaching Denmark’s wheelchair basketball team to bronze, he also won silver in the javelin, bronze in the Ambulant IT1 200m and bronze in wheelchair rugby.

Army veteran Manuel served on six tours of Iraq and Afghanistan, before having his right leg amputated after being injured by an IED in 2010 while working as a combat translator. He described the Land Rover Unconquerable Soul Award, which was presented by Rugby World Cup winner Lawrence Dallagio, as “an honor beyond measure”.

Dr Ralf Speth, Jaguar Land Rover CEO, said:  “We are immensely proud to have played our part in these hugely successful games and would like to congratulate every one of the 413 competitors who have provided such inspiration. “

The word “Invictus” means “unconquered”, and it embodies the fighting spirit of the wounded, injured and sick service personnel and what these tenacious men and women can achieve, post injury.  The Invictus Games celebrates this through sporting achievement that recognizes the journey to recovery these men and women are on.

Land Rover – The Wave of The Future

Land Rover Austin is pleased to announce that our parent company, Jaguar Land Rover, has just announced the creation of two new “Centers of Excellence for Engine Combustion Research” at two of its leading UK universities. This investment will be shared equally between University College London and the University of Oxford to support the development of new research facilities and fund two 5-year study programs.rangee

Each center will focus on specific combustion technologies that will help improve fuel economy as well as reduce emissions. The work at UCL’s Department of Mechanical Engineering will be dedicated to advancing its petrol engines, while the University of Oxford’s Department of Engineering Science will be focusing on compression ignition in diesel engines.

The main intent of these new facilities will be to gain a broader understanding of advanced combustion concepts that are compatible with future fuel advances, and will dive into the realm of new combustion geometries, valvetrain, fuel injection, air management and ignition technologies.

These study programs have the potential to feed directly into the future development of Jaguar Land Rover’s new Ingenium family of compact, lightweight, high-efficiency diesel and petrol turbocharged engines, which will begin production at the new Engine Manufacturing Centre in Wolverhampton early in 2015.range

Dr. Wolfgang Epple, Director of Research and Technology for Jaguar Land Rover, said: “We are on a very positive trajectory to reduce vehicle emissions and improve fuel economy. As there is no single solution to cleaner, greener vehicles, we are investing in the research and development of a range of technologies that potentially could help to improve future internal combustion and to develop alternative powertrains.”