Second possibilities are sometimes as uncommon as really daring adventurers and the genuinely distinctive automobiles that create them.
It’s not shocking then that Land Rover – and the folks and the proving grounds that made its ground-breaking Defender into the automotive legend it’s at present – has now created a uncommon, second probability to mould a brand new era of legends.
So uncommon is that this second probability, that simply 25 iconic Defenders and their new house owners won’t solely get to to relive however to recreate the “guts and glory” that underpins each nut and bolt of Land Rover’s Defender lineage.
Defending the hardest repute
This can be a lineage cast from one of many hardest expeditionary competitors sequence identified to man and machine and one which has cemented the Defender into the file books of utterly off-road motoring.
Simply two phrases – Camel Trophy – exemplify what was arguably world’s most coveted, revered and adopted take a look at of endurance – which pitted man and machine in opposition to the hardest terrains on Earth.
Land Rovers Dominated
Land Rovers had been used as the only producer within the Camel Trophy from 1981 to 2000 (aside from 1999), and each car was constructed by the manufacturing facility’s particular automobiles division. This meant each single car was equivalent.
Having supplied the last word take a look at of endurance, the Camel Trophy had already change into “fairly an enormous deal” by the late Eighties and by 1989, over one million would-be explorers had utilized to take part and signify their international locations in what was then thought of one of the demanding challenges on Earth.
Uncommon second probability
And now, 21 years after the Camel Trophy period, Land Rover is setting about to recreate the distinctive “Camel Trophy automobiles”, whereas giving the following era of homeowners and drivers an opportunity to change into Land Rover Defender legends.
However in a brand new decade and a very new period, there can be no international locations competing for a coveted Land Rover Trophy and the best problem can be little doubt be elevating the finance for this automotive expedition.
Pay to play
That’s as a result of solely the acquisition of a restricted version Works V8 Trophy Land Rover will safe entry into the Land Rover Trophy Journey Competitors to be held later in 2021.
The excellent news for South Africans with a deep sense of journey and even a lot deeper pockets is that the Defender Works V8 Trophy is on the market in Africa, together with the UK (UK), Europe, MENA (Center East, North Africa) and Oceania on a person import foundation and topic to guidelines on importation of auto conversions.
South Africans ought to nonetheless notice that participation within the the competitors is topic to COVID-19 restrictions, which on the time of writing, included a journey ban on South Africans wishing to enter the UK.
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That is what Land Rover needed to say in regards to the car, the competitors and its location and options:
- Works V8 Trophy buy consists of entry to an unique Land Rover Trophy journey competitors at Eastnor Fortress, the religious dwelling of Land Rover testing and growth
- Every Works V8 Trophy re-engineered by Land Rover Traditional incorporates a 298kW 5.0-litre petrol V8 powertrain, eight-speed ZF automated transmission, uprated brakes and dealing with equipment
- Alternative of 90 and 110 Station Wagon physique designs accessible, completed in distinctive Eastnor Yellow paintwork with Narvik Black particulars and body-colour heavy-duty metal wheels
- Extra all-terrain gear consists of entrance winch, multi-point expedition cage, roof rack, underbody safety, A-bar, raised air consumption, spotlights and mud-terrain tyres
- Inside options full black Windsor leather-based trim, together with Recaro sports activities seats with contrasting yellow sew detailing, plus Land Rover Trophy clock face by Elliot Brown.
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Land Rover journey legends, together with 1989 Camel Trophy winner Bob Ives, in
Defender Works V8 Trophy launch movie right here.
Land Rover Traditional is constant the formidable expedition legacy of the unique Defender with a restricted manufacturing run of adventure-ready Defender Works V8 Trophy automobiles for an unique competitors at Eastnor Fortress in 2021.
Underneath the hood
Primarily based on the re-engineered 2012-2016 Defender Works V8 specification developed by Land Rover Traditional, together with 298kW/515Nm 5.0-litre V8 petrol powertrain, eight-speed ZF automated transmission and complete uprated suspension, steering and braking packages, the Trophy automobiles function a variety of extra upgrades particularly tailor-made for off-road use.
Twenty-five examples of the Defender Works V8 Trophy, in a combination of 90 and 110 Station Wagon physique designs, can be completely completed in a novel Eastnor Yellow paint color with matching 16-inch metal wheels. Contrasting Narvik Black paintwork options on the wheel arches, bonnet and rear door. The aim-built automobiles additionally obtain LED headlamps, a Heritage entrance grille, distinctive Land Rover Trophy badging and occasion participation graphics personalised to every buyer.
The Defender Works V8 Trophy is designed to sort out essentially the most demanding endurance challenges. Extra all-terrain equipment features a entrance winch, multi-point expedition cage, roof rack, underbody safety, A-bar, raised air consumption, LED spotlights and mud-terrain tyres.
Inside, the immediately recognisable 4×4 advantages from full black Windsor leather-based upholstery with Recaro sports activities seats, distinction yellow stitching and a bespoke Land Rover Trophy clock face by Elliot Brown. Land Rover Traditional’s personal Traditional Infotainment System with built-in navigation and cellular gadget connectivity can be fitted.
Later this yr, Defender Works V8 Trophy prospects can be invited to compete in an unique three-day journey at Eastnor Fortress in Herefordshire – the religious dwelling of Land Rover all-terrain coaching, testing and growth. This would be the first time prospects drive their automotive.
The within story
Dan Pink, Director, Land Rover Traditional, stated: “The Land Rover Defender has at all times been greater than only a car, its engineering functionality and suitability for overland expedition and all-terrain competitors means it’s famend with getting away from all of it. The brand new Land Rover Trophy will carry this to life for a brand new era of adventurers.
“Experiences are a key a part of Land Rover Traditional’s DNA and this entire idea comes immediately from suggestions we’ve obtained. Our prospects wish to create their very own tales, battle scars and patina with their Works V8 Trophy automobiles from day one, fuelling campfire chats with like-minded fans.
“We’re wanting ahead to an thrilling and memorable occasion, stuffed with camaraderie, and persevering with the Land Rover Trophy legend for years to come back. Seeing the silhouette of those automobiles which you’ll immediately know as a Land Rover, traversing the hills at Eastnor, can be a defining second of the journey.”
On seeing their Defender Works V8 Trophy for the primary time, prospects and their co-drivers will make their first marks by including their names and nation flags to the car. They are going to then embark on a spread of challenges impressed by well-known world adventures and competitions spanning greater than seven a long time of Land Rover manufacturing.
Probability of a lifetime
Knowledgeable one-to-one tuition can be supplied as a part of the journey, giving prospects a novel alternative to develop excessive driving strategies and abilities in their very own car, earlier than placing their coaching to the take a look at. Everybody will compete for a spread of prizes, together with a grand prize for the general winner – to be introduced later in 2021.
The Land Rover Trophy occasion can be supported by the New Defender and thoroughly chosen model companions Elliot Brown, Fats Face and Musto, who’ve created complementary merchandise particularly for Defender Works V8 Trophy prospects.
Retro experience, fashionable pricing
Each 90 and 110 wheelbase Defender Works V8 Trophy derivatives are actually accessible to order direct from Land Rover Traditional, with costs ranging from £195,000 (about R4-million) for a 90 within the UK.
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