|Dakar Rally 2014: Land Rover becomes vehicle partner of Red Bull|
Land Rover is pleased to announce that it will be the official vehicle supplier to the "Red Bull Desert Wings" team for the 2014 Dakar. Red Bull has chosen Land Rover as official vehicle supplier due to its advanced all-terrain expertise and technology to support the various teams sitting under the Red Bull Desert Wings collective.
Five Land Rovers have been supplied including Defender, Discovery, all-new Range Rover and Range Rover Sport with the latter actually following the demanding route of the Dakar. The other four vehicles will follow the support route carrying necessary tools and equipment to support the members of the team. Each vehicle is completely standard and will carry optional roof-racks and spare wheels/tyres to cope with the demands of the team.
The All-New Range Rover Sport is the same vehicle that recently completed the fastest ever recorded production SUV time on the infamous Pikes Peak in June of this year. The 5.0 litre V8 Supercharged Sport has a motorsport homologated roll-cage and will enable some photographers
They will depend on the vehicle's next generation ground-breaking Terrain Response 2 system which automatically selects the most suitable terrain programme according to the varied topography they will come across. The Range Rover Sport's agility and speed will also aid them to keep up with the competitors who will be covering vast distances each day.
The Desert Wings team encompasses various teams in each of the three classes, bikes, cars and trucks. The Land Rover-backed Race2Recovery team of injured soldiers who against all odds finished this year's Dakar will return in January with one truck and two car entries.
Mark Cameron, Jaguar Land Rover Global Brand Experience Director said: "The Desert Wings team has sought a vehicle partner with all-terrain expertise to reliably support the various entrants in the toughest race in the world. I am delighted that they have come to us. The All-new Range Rover Sport will provide a combination of superior off-road capability, and sure-footedness which will put the photographers in good stead to capture the best moments of the race.
"The Range Rover, Discovery and Defender models will support the rest of the team with ample space, refinement and capability to ably back the competitors. I wish all the Desert Wings teams, riders and drivers the very best of luck and I look forward to watching their progress in January."
2013/12/17 | 16:14 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/PALMER