New Defender Set to Play Vital Role as Land Rover Returns to the Dakar in 2021
Land Rover’s most capable and durable 4x4 is taking on the ultimate all-terrain challenge with two Defender 110 support vehicles destined for the Dakar Rally 2021. The rally is one of the toughest sporting events in the world and the production-spec models will support ambitious new Dakar Rally and Prodrive-backed team, Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) throughout the 7,646 kilometre (4,751-mile) race.
The pair of New Defender 110 4x4s will have to negotiate extreme conditions, traversing desert dunes, mud, camel grass and rocks as they carry vital supplies, crew and equipment for the team and drivers.
NEW DEFENDER SET TO PLAY VITAL ROLE AS Land Rover RETURNS TO THE DAKAR IN 2021 NEW DEFENDER SET TO PLAY VITAL ROLE AS LAND ROVER RETURNS TO THE DAKAR IN 2021 The Indus Silver models are powered by Land Rover’s 400PS straight-six Ingenium petrol engine, featuring Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle technology, and are fitted with the Explorer Pack, which includes an Expedition Roof Rack, Raised Air Intake, Wheel Arch Protection and Exterior Side-Mounted Gear Carrier.
Land Rover has a unique Dakar pedigree having won the inaugural event in 1979, and the rally remains the ultimate all-terrain endurance test. The fact these vehicles are unmodified is testimony to the intrinsic capability and durability of our legendary 4x4, which has undergone the most demanding engineering test and development programme in our history.
The role of support vehicle will see crew members test the Defender’s expedition credentials to the extremes. World-leading motorsport experts, Prodrive, are behind BRX and Team Principal, Paul Howorth, said: Following its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019, Land Rover has experienced unprecedented demand for New Defender alongside worldwide critical acclaim – since its debut, the 4x4 has won 28 international awards.
Feb 10, 2021 at 13:35