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Land Rover G4 Discovery and Range Rover Sport

Land Rover G4 Discovery and Range Rover Sport

For over 50 years, Land Rover has been the world’s leading manufacturer of 4x4s.  In recent months Land Rover has experienced unprecedented launch activity and two all-new models, the Discovery 3 / LR3 and Range Rover Sport, have been launched to media and public acclaim.  These two vehicles will take on the majority of the competitive action through the course of the 2006 Land Rover G4 Challenge, to be joined by the best-selling Freelander in Rio de Janeiro. 

In total there will be 134 Land Rovers – including Range Rover and the iconic Defender, working in a variety of roles to support the 2006 Challenge.

In Southeast Asia the competitors will use only one vehicle – the all-new Range Rover Sport in 4.4-litre V8 HSE. The new sports tourer’s breadth of capabilities are ideally suited to the long road section that will follow the spectacular urban competition in Bangkok, before travelling into rural Laos, where its off-road pedigree will become abundantly clear.

Arriving in Brazil for the urban competition in Rio de Janeiro, the competitors will drive the Freelander 3-door 2.5-litre V6 SE model, and then finally the wilds of Bolivia will be tackled in the 4.4-litre V8 Discovery 3 HSE.  Both the new Discovery 3 and Range Rover Sport boast innovations such as air suspension and the electronically-controlled Terrain Response system. Such technology may be far removed from the simple, rugged engineering associated with Land Rover’s past, but the Challenge will prove the breeding in its new generation of products and show both Discovery 3 and Range Rover Sport as ‘real’ Land Rovers.

Among the 134 vehicles on the Land Rover G4 Challenge fleet a number of Defender 110s will be fully kitted-out as ambulances in both Southeast Asia and South America, at the disposal of the travelling medical team.  The legendary Defender will also serve as the principal workhorse for the competitions and logistics teams.

Also working behind the scenes will be the supremely capable Range Rover. The 4.4-litre V8 Vogue vehicle takes on a new personality in Tangiers Orange paintwork, working throughout the Challenge, both in Southeast Asia and South America, as media, film and photographic transport as well as the high-tech communications vehicle for journalists in the field.

The Range Rover Communications Vehicle will be equipped with a wireless satellite broadband connection amongst a host of communications technologies. With over 300 journalists following the action from out in the field, the equipment carried by the Range Rover means that, no matter how remote the location, they will still be able to write and file copy through the wireless connection.

All the Land Rover G4 Challenge vehicles are prepared for duty by Land Rover Vehicle Operations. Once the Challenge paintwork is completed, however, there is little major work to be carried out as the vehicles are kept as close to showroom specification as possible.  Only the equipment needed for the competition is fitted – which means the roof racks and ladders, spotlights, WARN winches, ‘snorkel’ raised air intake and sump guards etc.

The important thing to remember in this spectacular global adventure is that the vehicles have such breadth of capabilities because they are Land Rovers, not because of anything that has been done to them.


2006 Land Rover G4 Challenge Vehicles:

Range Rover Sport – V8 HSE Petrol (Competitor Vehicle, Bangkok &  Laos)

Freelander – V6 HSE Petrol (Competitor Vehicle, Rio de Janeiro)

Discovery 3 / LR3 – V8 HSE Petrol (Competitor Vehicle, Bolivia)

Range Rover – V8 HSE Petrol (Support Vehicle)

Defender 110 CSW 5-Seat TD5 Diesel (Support Vehicle)




Land rover G4 Vehicle Specifications

All Land Rover models will be used during the 2006 Challenge, including Discovery 3 and the Range Rover Sport. These near-standard vehicles will form the base of operations for the competitors as they bike, climb, kayak and 4x4 drive their way towards victory.

Painted in a custom Tangiers Orange body colour, the vehicles will not only carry an array of equipment that will aid the competitors in their global quest for victory, but will also form an integral part of the competition, with daily 4x4 driving challenges. Support teams, including medical personnel, film crews and Challenge competitions staff also use Land Rover vehicles.

Whilst the exact specification will differ slightly from model to model, each vehicle will likely have the following accessories:

  • WARN winch
  • Goodyear MT/R Wrangle off-road tyres
  • Front/rear lamp guards
  • Front/rear under shield protection plates
  • Rear towing step and tow kit
  • Internal dog guard protection
  • Full length Roof Rack and Ladder
  • Raised Air intake breather





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