Having demonstrated the production-based Defender Challenge TDCi 90s' capability and durability over its first two seasons, Bowler has developed a Land Rover Defender 110 Double Cab Pick Up with a host of technical revisions specifically designed to prepare the car for hill rallies and international rally raids. It's set to race next year in an additional ‘Class Two’ of the Defender Challenge.
On Saturday, Bowler Motorsport managing director, Drew Bowler, will drive the 3-litre supercharged V6 Defender, still in development trim, alongside (but not competing directly against) Defender Challenge entrants for its first race evaluation.
The supercharged AJ126-engine normally found in the Jaguar F-type is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, and is tuned to produce 400bhp. That allows the 110 to reach 60mph in less than six seconds. At the rear is a Watt's link-based suspension system with trick radius arms.
All powertrain and rally-specific revisions have been introduced to create a vehicle with the power, range, durability and stability necessary for participation in endurance races such as the Dakar Rally and the Africa Eco Race which take in extreme environments and conditions.
Drew Bowler says, 'Since its launch, the Defender Challenge has given us opportunity to really explore the boundaries and potential of the Land Rover Defender and it has taken everything we’ve thrown at it. The Bowler V6 Defender is all about the continuation of the Defender Challenge and gives us an opportunity to take on international race events that require a bespoke engineering solution. This weekend, we take the vehicle into a race environment for the very first time, it’s an important and exciting moment for us.'
The Walters Arena course is set over a challenging combination of fast gravel stages, forest climbs and sections of rocky terrain and is set to be the backdrop of some highly competitive action. Check out our full preview here.