Land Rover has revealed the Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender, created to transport the famous Webb Ellis Cup on a 100-day tour around the UK and Ireland ahead of the tournament.
The modified 110 Station Wagon was developed and built by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division to ensure that the Webb Ellis Cup is displayed in a safe and secure manner during the tour of the UK and Ireland.
Land Rover revealed the Rugby World Cup Defender in spectacular fashion last week, when it emerged from a giant rugby ball at Tower Bridge in London, driven by Land Rover Ambassador and Rugby World Cup 2003 Winner, Lewis Moody. The giant rugby ball measured at 8.2m high and floated 25 miles up the river Thames from Tilbury dock, before opening up to reveal the special Defender.
The main focal point of the Rugby World Cup Defender is the trophy cabinet; a one-off app has been created in order to make sure that the conditions are just right. The lighting, locking mechanisms and a 40-inch Toshiba TD-E display are all controlled through the app, operated through a 10-inch Toshiba Encore 2 tablet. Several Canon LEGRIA Mini X camcorders have also been fitted to capture the Trophy’s journey in full HD quality.
The climate control system has been fitted to make sure that the star of the tour is always visible to the fans on every stage of the tour. By maintaining a constant temperature in the cabin it is able to completely eliminate fogging, combining with anti-glare security glass to ensure that fans get the best possible view of the Webb Ellis Trophy. Three separate lighting modes have also been included to add a touch of theatre, whilst the Toshiba screen will show various highlights from the Rugby World Cup’s illustrious past.
The interior design is based on the Defender Autobiography Edition and includes a number of personalised touches. Black Windsor Leather seats have been embroidered with gold stitching and Rugby World Cup 2015 blue piping, with the stitching extending to the dashboard and door panels. The Rugby World Cup 2015 logo also sits proudly on the front headrests.
Driven by Land Rover’s 2.2-litre diesel engine with six-speed transmission, the eye-catching Defender also features a front winch, aluminium sump guard, side and rear steps, modified air intake and expedition rack, a tribute to the Defender’s historic off-road heritage. Striking Rugby World Cup 2015 graphics, vehicle spot lights and 16-inch off-road tyres give the Defender a more purposeful and self assured stance.
Managing Director for Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Operations division, John Edwards, said: “It’s been a privilege to work on this one-off Land Rover. The Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender is the perfect showcase for the ability of our Special Vehicle Operations division to make bespoke vehicles. From the illuminated trophy cabinet at the back to its luxury interior, every aspect of this unique and special vehicle has been carefully engineered to provide the ultimate platform for the Webb Ellis Cup as it travels around the UK.”
The Rugby World Cup 2015 Trophy Tour is the perfect representation of Land Rover’s go anywhere, do anything character, as it travels 9,000 miles across the country showcasing the Webb Ellis Cup to fans at over 300 separate events.
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