Everyone knows the Defender from Land Rover. And that’s no coincidence. Defender represents the history of the Land Rover brand and encapsulates the cardinal points of extreme off-road iconography. Land Rover Classic, therefore, continues the formidable adventure legacy of the original Defender. To pay homage to that legendary off-road vehicle, the carmaker company has decided to create the Defender Works V8 Trophy, a 25 fully equipped all-terrain vehicle. This new model will be ready for exclusive competition at Eastnor Castle in 2021.
Defender Works V8 Trophy
The Trophy versions are based on the 2012-2016 Defender Works V8 specifications, redesigned and developed by Land Rover Classic. These include 405PS/515 Nm 5.0-liter petrol V8 powertrain, eight-speed ZF automatic transmission; updated suspension; steering; upgraded brakes, and a wide range of off-road accessories. The purpose-built vehicles also receive event graphics personalized to each customer.
The Land Rover Defender has always been more than just a vehicle. Its innate capabilities for both demanding expeditions and all-terrain competition have given it a unique reputation. The new Land Rover Trophy renews the legend for a new generation of adventurers.Dan Pink, Director of Land Rover Classic
Unique and ready for the toughest challenges
The Defender Works V8 Trophy is prepared to tackle the toughest performance challenges. The all-terrain kit includes a front winch, multi-point expedition cage; roof racks; underbody protection; A-bar; raised air intake, LED spotlights and mud-terrain tires. The distinctive 4×4 features black Windsor leather upholstery, contrasting yellow stitching on the Recaro sport seats, and Land Rover Trophy clock face by Elliot Brown. Onboard infotainment is the Classic Infotainment System, developed by Land Rover Classic, which integrates connectivity and navigation.
Land Rover Experience events are part of the Land Rover Classic’s DNA. This concept comes directly from feedback from our customers. They want to create their own adventures with their Defender Works V8 Trophy from day one, perhaps ending the evening chatting around the campfire with like-minded enthusiasts.Dan Pink, Director of Land Rover Classic
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In 2021, Defender Works V8 Trophy customers will be invited to compete in an exclusive three-day adventure at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire, the spiritual home of Land Rover all-terrain training, testing and development. This will be the first opportunity for customers to drive their own vehicles.
An adventure at Eastnor Castle
An exciting and memorable event awaits us. It will continue the Land Rover Trophy legend for years to come. Seeing the silhouette of these vehicles – unmistakably Land Rover – in the hills of Eastnor will be the iconic image of an unforgettable moment of adventure.Dan Pink, Director of Land Rover Classic
At the first meeting, customers – and their co-drivers – will be able to customize the Defender Works V8 Trophy. They will then take on a series of challenges inspired by global adventures and competitions spanning more than 70 years of Land Rover production.
During the event, an expert coach will be on hand to provide each customer with the opportunity to learn extreme driving techniques before putting their skills to the test. Everyone will compete for a full range of prizes, including a grand prize for the overall winner, who will be announced later.
Pilots, stunt drivers and Land Rover ambassador Jessica Hawkins, alongside 1989 Camel Trophy participants such as winner Bob Ives, will be available during the Land Rover Trophy to share their knowledge and experience.