Land Rover has announced plans to create a one-make rally series called the Defender Challenge.
Operated by Bowler Motorsport, the Defender Challenge will be regulated by the MSA (Motor Sports Association) and use modified Defender 90s that are FIA compliant. Speaking of the latter, the models will have a retuned suspension, a roll cage and fire extinguisher system. The SUVs will also have racing seats and lightweight 18-inch wheels with Kuhmo tires.
Power will be provided by a 2.2-liter diesel engine that has been tuned to produce 170 bhp (127 kW) and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) of torque. It will be connected to six-speed manual transmission.
The Defender will retail for £50,000 ($79,605 / €59,025) and an entry into the Defender Challenge will cost an additional £10,000- 14,000 ($16,040- 22,290 / €11805-16,525).