UNSTOPPABLE CAPABILITY - LAND ROVER DEFENDER SUPPORTS RED BULL X-ALPS CHAMPION MAURER

16 July 2021

A fleet of 12 Defenders climbed the equivalent of 150,000 vertical metres across five countries to support competitors in the Red Bull X-Alps, won for a seventh time by Christian Maurer in eight days, six hours, 30 minutes, and 28 seconds

  • Winning partnership: The Land Rover Defender played a vital role as a support vehicle for athletes and crew at the Red Bull X-Alps 2021 – won for a seventh time by Christian Maurer
  • Put to the test: Fleet of 12 vehicles covered more than 50,000km of demanding Alpine landscape across five countries during the event
  • Versatile companion: Teams took full advantage of its 900kg payload, 168kg dynamic roof load and 300kg static roof load as Defender transported athletes, vital crew supplies and equipment
  • Staying safe: Fitted with Autohome Roof Tents, the rugged 4x4s doubled up as base camps for athletes at the end of each day – providing a safe space to relax and recover in comfort
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  • Event highlights: Watch the film here https://youtu.be/6stNL6wRiQU
LAND ROVER DEFENDER SUPPORTS RED BULL X-ALPS CHAMPION MAURER
LAND ROVER DEFENDER SUPPORTS RED BULL X-ALPS CHAMPION MAURER

A fleet of new Land Rover Defenders travelled more than 50,000km and climbed the equivalent of 150,000 vertical metres across five countries to support competitors in the Red Bull X-Alps race. Defender demonstrated its capability and durability alongside Christian Maurer, who won the race for an incredible seventh time.

The fleet of 12 Defenders played a crucial role in the world’s toughest adventure race, with athletes battling across more than 1,200km of wild Alpine terrain by hiking, ultra-running, mountaineering and paragliding. Maurer completed the test of human endurance and stamina in eight days, six hours, 30 minutes, and 28 seconds.

The vehicles – each kitted out with an Autohome Roof Tent – carried supplies and equipment and were with athletes every step of the way, providing safe transport and shelter to aid them and their crew in their essential rest and recovery.

Land Rover has a rich history both competing in and supporting adventure and endurance races and the Defender took the demands of the Red Bull X-Alps 2021 completely in its stride. The event was a huge success, and it was great to be part of history as Christian [Maurer] won for an astonishing seventh time. We are delighted to have played a part in supporting his pursuit of victory, as well as aiding athletes and crew members throughout.

Laura Wood
Land Rover Head of Global PR Brand and Partnerships
LAND ROVER DEFENDER SUPPORTS RED BULL X-ALPS CHAMPION MAURER
LAND ROVER DEFENDER SUPPORTS RED BULL X-ALPS CHAMPION MAURER
LAND ROVER DEFENDER SUPPORTS RED BULL X-ALPS CHAMPION MAURER

Crew members tested the Defender’s expedition credentials to the extreme, taking full advantage of its 900kg maximum payload and dynamic roof load of 168kg. Terrain Response 2 technology – including world-first Configurable Terrain Response – allowed drivers to fine-tune the vehicle to suit both their driving preferences and the conditions.

The Land Rover Defender’s ability to navigate treacherous conditions while carrying essential equipment and supplies was vitally important in keeping athletes and crew members safe at this year’s Red Bull X-Alps. The Defender excelled as a mobile base camp for athletes, providing them with the means to rest and recover at the end of every day. From negotiating treacherous bends and climbing daunting mountain passes, to providing a fast and comfortable ride on the German Autobahn, the Defender once again highlighted its versatility and capability in the most demanding conditions.

Ulrich Grill
Race Organiser

Following its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show in 2019, new Defender has won more than 58 international awards, including the 2021 World Car Design of the Year title at the annual World Car Awards.

Land Rover has also introduced its range of powerful and efficient in-line six-cylinder Ingenium diesel engines, featuring Mild Hybrid Electric Vehicle (MHEV) technology, and its advanced P400e Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle (PHEV) powertrain, which provides an all-electric range of up to 27 miles (43km)* and CO2 emissions from just 74g/km.

New Defender is available in 90, 110 and Hard Top commercial derivatives.

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Notes to Editors

*All fuel consumption and CO2 data quoted above relates to Official EU-WLTP TEL Combined Test Figures for five-seat derivatives. The figures provided are as a result of official manufacturer’s tests in accordance with EU legislation. For comparison purposes only. Real world figures may differ. CO2 and fuel economy figures may vary according to factors such as driving styles, environmental conditions, load and accessories

 

About Land Rover

Since 1948 Land Rover has been manufacturing authentic 4x4s that represent true 'breadth of capability' across the model range. Defender, Discovery, Discovery Sport, Range Rover, Range Rover Sport, Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque each define the world's SUV sectors, with 80 per cent of this model range exported to over 100 countries.

 

About Red Bull X-Alps

The Red Bull X-Alps is the world’s toughest adventure race. Founded in 2003, it’s a race across the Alps by foot and paraglider that only the most skilled and strongest athletes are able to take on. It involves speed hiking, ultra-running, mountaineering, and flying, and requires not only incredible endurance but elite paragliding skills and mental strength.

The race takes place every two years. Over 12 days around 30 athletes attempt to cross more than 1,000km of complicated and forbidding alpine terrain via a fixed set of Turnpoints. In the course of a day it’s not uncommon for athletes to hike over 50km and as much as 5,000m of vertical ascent. On top of that they cover huge distances in the air, often in treacherous mountain conditions few would dare to fly.

Uniquely, the Red Bull X-Alps is a race where men and women compete equally. Ultimately athletes are not just competing against each other, but against themselves and an even greater foe – the alpine weather.

 

About Land Rover’s Autohome Roof Tent

The Land Rover Autohome tent is the result of the experience of those who invented and patented the hard shell roof tent in 1958: a tent providing for a maximum speed of use, a real mattress to sleep on and the best protection from atmospheric agents. All it takes is a simple gesture to open and close the tent, ready to start off again perfectly rested, then safe and focused on driving.

Designed for those who have an adventurous heart, it is durable and fit for the vehicle for which it was created: the New Land Rover Defender 110. Land Rover and Autohome, the perfect combination for those who set no limits to their freedom.

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