In celebration of World Land Rover Day, when the original Land Rover premiered, Land Rover have shared plans for the new Defender to complete a final phase of field testing with the Tusk Trust in Kenya, at the Borana Conservancy, a 14,000-hectare reserve where it will wade through rivers, tow heavy loads and carry supplies across ruthless terrain in a set of real-world trails, to make sure it will take everyday life in its stride.
For 15 years Land Rover has been an official partner of the Tusk Trust wildlife conservation charity.
By its public debut later this year, the Defender will have passed over 45,000 individual tests in 50 degree desert heat to minus 40 degrees in the Arctic.
Nick Rogers, Executive Director Product Engineering, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “In addition to the extensive simulation and rig testing, we’ve driven new Defender 1.2 million kilometres across all terrains and in extreme climates to ensure that it is the toughest and most capable Land Rover ever made. The incredible opportunity to put it to the test in the field, supporting operations at the Borana Conservancy in Kenya, with Tusk, will allow our engineers to verify that we are meeting this target as we enter the final phase of our development programme.”
Designed and developed in the UK, global production of the Defender will be in Slovakia.
For more information on the new Defender contact JCT600 Land Rover Doncaster.