Land Rover’s new long wheelbase 110 Defender is joining some of the world’s toughest alpine competitors for the Red Bull X-Alps challenge.
Land Rover is supporting the Red Bull X-Alps with its Defender 110 (long wheelbase version) 4×4. A perfect marriage to the extreme sport competition, Land Rover is picking its market best despite it also proving a popular Toorak Tractor.
Kicking off across 12 days from 20 June to 2 July this year, Red Bull X-Alps athletes will negotiate more than 1200km of pf harsh alpine landscape across Europe.
There will be 32 competitors in a hybrid, rugged marathon which requires hiking, ‘ultra-running’, mountaineering and paragliding over stunning landscape. The daily routine includes over 50km of hiking with vertical ascents up to 5000m and a daily calory burn rate of 6000 calories.
Where Land Rover fits in is as the transport and shelter for what can be rather harsh conditions, carrying supplies and equipment into off-the-beaten-track locations.
The specially kitted Defender 110s will come kitted with Autohome Roof Tents to aid athletes and crew members in their much-needed recovery, providing a safe and comfortable place to rest.
Accessories including Land Rover’s Portable Rinse System, Exterior Side-Mounted Gear Carriers and Integrated Air Compressors will combine with Defender’s integrated 4G Wi-Fi connectivity and the Autohome Roof Tents to give competitors everything they need to rest and recover properly at the end of each day and to complete the epic event.
With a maximum payload of up to 900kg, dynamic roof load of 168kg and static of 300kg, each vehicle will be loaded with equipment and supplies. Terrain Response 2 technology – including world-first Configurable Terrain Response – will allow the drivers to fine-tune the vehicle to suit their driving preferences and the conditions.
Seven of the athletes will be supported by Land Rover, including six-time Red Bull X-Alps winner Christian Maurer of Switzerland. Joining him are Red Bull X-Alps veterans Paul Guschlbauer (Austria), Gavin McClurg (USA), Tobias Grossrubatscher (Italy) and Markus Anders (Germany), who have participated in 11 races between them.
There will also be debuts for Laurie Genovese (France) and Théo de Blic (France) as part of #TeamLandRover.
Ulrich Grill, Race Organiser, commented that the union of Land Rover with the Red Bull X-Alps challenge was a perfect match.
“Land Rover is synonymous with endurance adventures and the Defender will play a vital role in the Red Bull X-Alps challenge, supporting the competitors and race organisers as they battle the elements across the 1,238km course. 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.”