With Land Rover Defender production ceasing after 67 years of manufacturing, an exclusive limited build programme by Land Rover’s Classic division is going to give 25 enthusiasts the chance to own a special version of the original Defender wearing the Works V8 Trophy badge.
Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Thierry Bolloré has announced that the Jaguar brand will be a 100 per cent electric vehicle marque by 2025. The announcement, which came as part of the company’s “reimagine” global announcement, also saw JLR initiate a journey to become a net zero carbon business by 2039. Specifically, Jaguar and Land Rover will offer pure electric power, nameplate by nameplate, by 2030. By this point, in addition to 100 per cent of Jaguar sales, it is anticipated that around 60 per cent of Land Rovers sold will be equipped with zero tailpipe powertrains. At the same, executives emphasised the company’s British identity and sought to differentiate between its Jaguar and Land Rover flag brands.
Pirelli has created a bespoke new Scorpion Zero All Season SUV tyre as original equipment for the latest Land Rover Defender. The new development reinforces the manufacturer’s partnership with Land Rover. Work on the bespoke tyre was begun at Pirelli’s factories in Carlisle and Milan, with Pirelli engineers working closely with their Land Rover counterparts. Over the full course of the intensive development programme, testing was conducted all over the world in the most extreme conditions possible, Pirelli adds.
Goodyear’s Wrangler DuraTrac tyre has been chosen for fitment by the 16 Land Rover Discoverys driving across the Kavango-Zambezi (Kaza) National Park, the world’s second-largest nature reserve. The tyre was developed to cope with the toughest terrains, such as those that will be encountered on the 2,000km journey on rugged African roads.
Mark Water Pumps Limited (MWPL) has added two new part numbers to its Proflow range of high-quality automotive water pumps, boosting support for modern Land Rover and VAG Group applications. As a major water pump supplier to OEMs, users can be confident of a component that offers a long service life and OEM levels of performance.
LRO magazine has conducted a test to demonstrate the performance of mud-terrain tyres, and the difference the make to driving in deep mud, rough areas and unpredictable slippery surfaces. The magazine fit the General Tire Grabber X3 and BFGoodrich’s MT KM2, two of the most prominent mud-terrain 4×4 tyres available in the UK, to a Land Rover Discovery 2 (245/75R16) at the Snugg’s Pit off-road proving ground in Suffolk, which features some of the UK’s toughest and muddiest conditions. The tyres were tested over 10 gruelling stages in the independent test, with the results verified by LRO’s experienced team.
Having begun on 14 October, Goodyear’s Wrangler DuraTrac tyres will be tested to the limit during the Land Rover Experience Tour, which lasts until 9 November. During the four-week expedition, a selection of international participants will drive new Land Rover Discovery SUVs fitted with Wrangler DuraTrac tyres through a wide variety of road conditions.
At an event held in its Innovation Center in Luxembourg and at the Land Rover Experience Center in the west of Germany, Goodyear announced that two of its tyre lines have been approved for original equipment fitment on three Jaguar Land Rover models.
The Pirelli P Zero, Winter Sottozero 3 and Scorpion Zero All Season have gained original equipment approval on several European vehicle models. With these approvals, specifically-marked OE tyres now account for 50.5 per cent of Pirelli’s entire portfolio.
Once Voith’s new tyre and wheel assembly line is up and running in September, it will handle up to 1,000 different derivatives of wheels and tyres. This new line alone will then have the capacity to produce almost a million assemblies a year on a two-shift basis with the ability to complete 1.5 million with three shifts.” Transfer of the line from the existing facility on Torrington Avenue will begin in July. When combined, the two lines will have the capacity to produce around 2.5 million assemblies per year based on three shifts.
Some late-plate Defenders are selling in excess of list price as the end of production leaves Land Rover aficionados to seek out the best used examples available, according to Glass’s. Demand is highest for the XS Station Wagon, fitted with half-leather and air conditioning, with prices in line with Glass’s top condition values and often beating them in closed sales.
Largely associated with premium road products as a leader in the 17 inch-plus segment, Pirelli’s focus on developing tyres with high performance vehicle manufacturers encompasses a selection of tyres designed for 4×4 vehicles. The Scorpion ATR is the manufacturer’s solution for all-terrain usage in performance SUVs.
Earlier in the year, Tyres & Accessories attended the launch of the latest tyre for specialist off-road brand, BFGoodrich. The All Terrain KO2 was described as “our best all-terrain tyre ever,” by BFGoodrich business segment manager Claire Fioretti at the “Landrauvergne” launch (Michelin’s pun referencing the Anglo-French nature of the event, and the tyre’s target Land Rover fitments), characterising the event as a “return to our core 4×4 segment in Europe.”
Every summer, thousands of Land Rover enthusiasts throughout France make their way to the Auvergne region and pay homage to the esteemed off-road brand. Over a three-day period they test their vehicles’ mettle on a series of rugged courses, and when not traversing rocks, steep slopes and mud they can be found shooting the breeze with other like-minded devotees. Tyres & Accessories was present at the 2015 edition of ‘Landrauvergne’ during the first weekend in July, and in addition to being treated to the rare sight of our French neighbours flying the union flag and celebrating all things British (and least when it comes to off-road motoring), we gained the opportunity to experience the successor to BFGoodrich’s pioneering All-Terrain T/A KO in action.