A combination of wet and dry weather conditions created unpredictable and unstable terrain and proved the toughest challenge for the Defender Challenge contestants as they embarked on the third round at the All Wheel Drive Club Allisport Hillrally at Walters Arena, Wales.
Ten Defender 90s, modified to FIA rally standards, took the startline for a gruelling 16 stages of forest and slate gravel sections over nearly 12 hours in two days. Walters Arena, renowned for its abrasive terrain lies in the picturesque pine-clad Powys hills in the heart of a windfarm and provides extreme conditions for high-speed, low friction driving, as such it is a regular location for Land Rover’s test and development engineers looking to put the future generation of Land Rover vehicles through their paces.
Heightening the drama of the weekend, the Bowler V6 supercharged Defender 110 prototype made its debut with its first race [...]
One of a pair of 5.0 V8 powered Defender 110s totally reworked to their royal clients specification. Once completed the two Icon Defenders were literally flown out to the middle east. The project started off with two new White left hand drive 110 TDci Defender station wagons which were then totally re worked and built for long range desert Falconry field sports expeditions.
Firstly the original roofs, side panels and doors were removed then interior and exteriors stripped to enable all the original LR Fuji white to be changed to 1990 LR portifino red. While this was going on lambs wool carpets and saddle hides were made to cover the seats and flooring as well as lower door cards. Classic Land Rover half doors were to be used and bespoke sun shade hood and frames made at Nene’s specialist vehicle facility at Peterborough.