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Dealership offers drivers the chance to put Land Rovers to the test

The new test track at Capital Luxury Car Company in Colonie allows drivers the chance to experience a Land Rover’s off-road capabilities.

The new test track at Capital Luxury Car Company in Colonie allows drivers the chance to experience a Land Rover’s off-road capabilities. Photo by Billy DeLap.

— A luxury car dealership in the Capital District offers a unique opportunity to test out the off road capabilities of a vehicle that can get you from the top of a mountain to a fancy dinner in style.

The newly renovated Capital Luxury Car Company on New Karner Road has a unique test track to demonstrate the capabilities of the Land Rover to potential buyers.

Tony Sagnani of BBL Construction Services, with the help of a Land Rover track engineer, designed the track. BBL Construction is based in Colonie, but works on projects from car dealerships to hospitals all over the country.

“We researched all the different tracks off the Internet and other tracks in state and one of the sub-contractors’ design, and then we kind of elaborated it and we got a local engineer involved,” said Sagnani.

Then, Sagnani said that BBL had to follow the guidelines set by Land Rover to design the track. After that, they had to get the design approved by the Town of Colonie and follow the town’s guidelines as far as where the track was allowed to be offset from the road and driveway.

“The track is required by Land Rover, and to get to the nearest dealership you would have to go down to Mount Kisco or west to Rochester,” said Eric Kahn, president of Capital Luxury Car.

“One of the unique things about this dealership is the track in the front of the showroom, which gives customers the opportunities to see the capabilities of vehicle, and the construction of track itself is unique,” said Kahn.

“They don’t have a specification of what the track is supposed to be or look like, but they do have to demonstrate angles that are a little extreme like steep hills and banks,” said Dan Culbert, general manager of the dealership.

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