The Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA) is collaborating with Nissan Middle East to introduce “Desert Camel Power” as the new unit to evaluate Nissan’s vehicles’ desert performance.
Desert Camel Power will measure a car’s ability to perform in typical off-road desert conditions, bringing clarity to the discussion of the capabilities of SUVs in the Gulf market.
“The focus is now on undertaking more tests in the UAE desert to determine the performance of vehicles in an unusual environment. The camel power would be adopted at a later stage as a national standard for all vehicles. It will be presented to the standardisation authority of the Gulf Co-operation Council as well as global regulators,” Al Hammadi, head of ESMA’s Standards Department told WAM.
Al Hammadi believes the new standard will be introduced officially by the end of 2017.
Here’s a video from Nissan explaining the new concept:
The formula for calculating Desert Camel Power is: velocity x weight x trajectory.