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Video: Nissan's Desert Camel Power empirical unit

Nissan has announced its development of an empirical unit called “Desert Camel Power” for determining the performance of vehicles in off-road desert conditions

Nissan has announced its development of an empirical unit called “Desert Camel Power” for determining the performance of vehicles in off-road desert conditions.

The unit and the simple method for its calculation was developed by Nissan engineers working with metrologists (scientists who study measurement) after the manufacturer noted that horsepower was insufficient to determine desert performance.

The formula itself can be rendered as: CP = velocity x weight x sin (trajectory), and can be applied to any off-road vehicle, anywhere in the world that positions itself as being desert-capable.

Samir Cherfan, MD at Nissan Middle East, said: “In some ways, it is perhaps surprising that such a formula has not been developed before now, given the amount of time and energy the off-road community puts into making claims and counter-claims about what constitutes a good desert vehicle!”

The scientific paper resulting from this collaboration and the formula have now been presented to ESMA (Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology), which is now undertaking the necessary testing to standardise the new unit, first on a regional and eventually on a global basis.

Cherfan added: “The arguments have raged for decades among off-road enthusiasts about which vehicle is the most capable in the desert and what makes it so. Desert Camel Power is a means to scientifically measure and define a given vehicle’s fitness to take on the dunes, something which may at least go some way to settling those arguments!

“Desert Camel Power will also act as a touchstone for Nissan engineers going forward, as they seek, in particular, to build upon the Patrol’s unrivalled capabilities as a conqueror of the dunes.”
 

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