The new Land Rover Defender is back as Land Rover reach 1.2 million miles o testing and announce final testing with the Tusk Trust in Kenya.
Having clocked up around 750,000 miles of testing already, from 50-degree heat in deserts, -40 degrees in the Arctic, 10,000 feet up in the Rocky Mountains, blatting round the Nurburgring, deep in mud at Eastnor and the rocky trails of Moab in Utah, the new Defender is now off for one last challenge.
Land Rover is taking a uniquely camouflaged Defender off to Kenya to join the Tusk Trust – a charity Land Rover has supported for 15 years – where it will experience life at the Borana Conservancy including towing heavy loads, wading through rivers and carrying supplies round the 35,000-acre reserve.
Nick Rogers, the man in charge of LR’s product engineering, said:
In addition to the extensive simulation and rig testing, we’ve driven new Defender 1.2 million kilometres across all terrains and in extreme climates to ensure that it is the toughest and most capable Land Rover ever made. The incredible opportunity to put it to the test in the field, supporting operations at the Borana Conservancy in Kenya, with Tusk, will allow our engineers to verify that we are meeting this target as we enter the final phase of our development programme.
The outing for the new Defender to the Tusk Trust in Kenya may be the last testing outing, but don’t bank on this being the new Defender’s last tease outing.