Land Rover is sending two defenders to the 2021 Dakar Rally

Land Rover won gold from the Dakar Rally twice with its Range Rovers - in the first race in 1979 and two years after that.  Return will return next year, but only as an auxiliary vehicle supplier.

Land Rover won gold from the Dakar Rally twice with its Range Rovers – in the first race in 1979 and two years after that. Return will return next year, but only as an auxiliary vehicle supplier.

Under the auspices of Bahrain Mumtalakat holding company, the British Prodrive team will be participating in the rally for the first time. His T1 class runner, Prodrive BRX (Bahrain Raid Xtreme), will be piloted by Nani Roma and Sebastien Loeb. Two Land Rover Defender 110 P400 MHEVs will support the vehicle, carrying repair equipment and crew during the 13-day challenge.

Both cars use a 3.0-liter in-line six petrol engine and electric motors for 400 PS (394 hp / 294 kW) and 550 Nm (406 lb-ft). The eight-speed ZF automatic transmission sends momentum to all four wheels thanks to a permanent AWD system. The list of equipment also mentions adaptive shocks, air suspension, two-speed distributor, differential locks and Terrain Response 2 system.

The list of modes rounds out Explorer Explorer, which you can learn more about in the video. It contains a diving tube, an expedition stand, plastic fenders, an access ladder and a side-mounted auxiliary box. Each car can carry up to 900 kilograms (2000 lbs) of extra weight, including 168 kg (370 lbs) on the roof.

Editor Andrew Raspopov

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