LAND ROVER DEFENDER 90 TD HARD TOP - GENUINE BOWLER CHALLENGE - 2014
Conceived in 2013 as a one-make, off-road series aimed at aspiring professional and occasional amateur drivers alike, the Defender Challenge was a joint venture between Land Rover and Bowler Motorsport which ran from 2014 until 2016. Regulated by the Motor Sports Association, each season consisted of seven UK-based rounds, all of which supported existing events such as the Somerset Stages, Welsh Hill Rally and Scottish Hill Rally.
A limited run of Land Rover 90 Hardtop-based cars were prepared for the series by Bowler themselves, with ECU-induced modifications resulting in a hike from the 120 bhp and 266 lbs/ feet of torque of the standard Defender to 175 bhp and 332 lbs/feet for its competition counterpart. A standard gearbox and production-specification suspension geometry was retained, although handling was improved by the fitment of custom-made Bilstein shock absorbers and uprated anti-roll bars. Lightweight 16-inch competition style wheels and all terrain tyres were fitted, as was a substantial MSA-approved rollcage and two competition bucket seats. The car’s rallying credentials were further enhanced by the addition of a dash-mounted Terratrip 303 Rally Computer, Peltor intercom and remotely operated ignition cut-off and fire suppression systems.
- LayoutFront Engined
- Power 122 bhp
- Torque 265 lbs/ft
- Top speed 90 mph
- Acceleration0 to 62 in 15.8 s
- Driven wheelsAll Wheel Drive - Permanent
- Economy 28.3 mpg
- Body typeOther
- Emissions 266 (g/km)
- Vehicle height 2,182 mm
- Vehicle width 1,992 mm
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