Defenders support Alpine extreme endurance race

Land Rover has pledged a fleet of expedition-equipped Defender 110s to support this year’s Red Bull X-Alps event, billed as ‘the world’s toughest endurance race’.

New Defender 110 with paraglider, support vehicle for Red Bull X-Alps 2021

by Theo Ford-Sagers |

The hardy humans, with Defenders scurrying along behind, will spend 12 days running up mountains and jumping off them with paragliders, burning 6000 calories a day. (That’s about 11 Big Macs, or 200 large carrots, in case you were wondering.)

Sounds like hard work, but for R&R the athletes will be expected to kip atop their Defenders in Autohome roof tents. Extra creature comforts include Land Rover’s portable rinse system, integrated air compressors, exterior gear carriers and on-board WiFi – all part of Land Rover’s accessories package. And coming along for the ride in the liveried 110s will be a crew of medics and staff.

Supporting the event will involve driving nearly 800 miles of mountainous Alpine terrain, crossing the borders into Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy. We’re told this will ‘test the Defender’s expedition credentials to the extreme’ – so it won’t only be the athletes being put through their paces.

Race organiser Ulrich Grill said: ‘The Defender will play a vital role in the Red Bull X-Alps challenge []. Its unstoppable capability and practical cabin mean it promises to be one constant throughout the 12-day event that participants will be able to rely on, come rain or shine.’

Watch below for a flavour, and a close encounter between a moving Defender and a swooping paraglider. Could’ve been messy…

You can follow the event as it unfolds on the Red Bull X-Alps website.

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