Land Rover builds James Bond-inspired Defender rally car

Land Rover is celebrating the James Bond franchise’s sixtieth anniversary whereas highlighting the Defender’s off-road prowess. It constructed a one-off Defender 90 with a 007-inspired livery for Mark Higgins to drive through the North Wales leg of the 2022 Bowler Defender Problem.

Copying one of many SUVs which have starred in James Bond films over the previous six a long time would have been far too simple. As a substitute, the British agency gave the Defender 90 a one-of-a-kind look characterised by black paint and gold graphics. The perimeters and the roof function a commemorative “007 60” emblem, whereas the names of the varied James Bond films seem on the hood and on the rear door.

Graphics apart, the Defender is an identical to the models which can be modified by Bowler to take part within the factory-backed one-make race sequence. It positive aspects 18-inch wheels, a redesigned suspension system, modified subframes, a snorkel, further cooling, a full roll cage, and racing harnesses, amongst different upgrades. Energy comes from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine known as P300 in Land Rover-speak and tuned to ship 300 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque. It spins the 4 wheels by way of an eight-speed automated transmission.

Higgins was the pure selection when the time got here to discover a pilot. Born on the Isle of Man, which is house to one of many biggest and most tough bike races on the planet, he competed within the World Rally Championship (WRC) between 1990 and 2013 and gained the British Rally Championship 3 times. He has additionally labored as a stunt driver in 4 James Bond films: “Quantum of Solace” (2008), “Skyfall” (2012), “Specter” (2015) and “No Time to Die” (2021). Land Rover’s off-roaders have performed vital roles in lots of James Bond movies.

Land Rover’s Commemorative Defender will make its competitors debut this Saturday, March 26.

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