Ultimate Bowler Land Rover Defender Revealed

Off-road performance specialist Bowler Motors has revealed its ultimate version of the new Land Rover Defender, which compete in its own championship in 2022 – the Bowler Defender Challenge.

Slash Gear reports that the Bowler Defender Challenge vehicle is based on the new Land Rover 90 with a 300PS Ingenium 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, and has been transformed into a rally car with a full roll cage, modified underbody, raised suspension, rally-spec 18-inch wheels and column-mounted paddle shifters.

The longer wheelbase 110 model of the Land Rover Defender went on sale first, getting an enthusiastic welcome for both its on- and off-road capabilities, which was then followed by the shorter wheelbase Defender 90, which Bowler said was the perfect starting point for the conversion.

Michael van der Sande, the managing director of Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations, said: “Our technical support married to Bowler’s legendary rally expertise has turned the extraordinarily capable Defender into a purposeful competition machine.

“The Bowler Defender Challenge will prove the Defender’s durability through some of the toughest conditions while providing an exciting and accessible entry point into all-terrain motorsport for a new generation of Bowler and Land Rover customers.”

Each Bowler Defender Challenge vehicle was stripped back to install a full FIA-standard roll cage, the front and rear subframes modified and given additional bracing for a new bespoke performance suspension set-up, which increases the ride height by 25mm.

Bowler also provided a suite of electronic components, including fire protection and electrical cut offs, additional lighting and vehicle control systems, as well as competition race seating, and column-mounted paddle shifts optimised for racing.

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