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Bowler Motors, the off-road performance specialist, has revealed the Land Rover Defender rally car that will compete in its own championship, the Bowler Defender Challenge series, in seven events around the UK in 2022.
The Bowler Defender Challenge is based on the Land Rover Defender 90, with a 300PS Ingenium 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine. Bowler uses its long experience of competition to transform it into a rally car with a full roll cage, modified underbody, raised suspension, rally-spec 18-inch wheels and column-mounted paddle shifters. The more compact shorter wheelbase Defender 90 proved the perfect starting point for the Bowler conversion, along with its unstoppable capability, robust durability and natural balance.
With the 2022 dates and locations to be announced later this year, there are 12 entries available for the one-make series, with each team competing in identical Bowler-prepared Defenders. For 2022 and beyond, the Challenge will continue to focus on delivering a fun environment that fosters the development of driving and competition skills yet retains the involving, engaging feel of a real motorsport family. Each Bowler Defender Challenge-equipped team will face a true mix of rally conditions.
Michael Van Der Sande, Managing Director, 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.”