48 Years of Range Rover – The Evolution

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With more than 1.7 Million sold since its official launch in 1970, spanning 10 different models, the Range Rover is undoubtedly the King of the SUVs.

This short animation, just released by Land Rover, details the transformation from the original Velar all the way through to the Autobiography.

Range Rover Model Timeline

1969   Range Rover Prototype (Velar)

1970   Range Rover Classic (two-door)

1973   Range Rover Classic (Suffix C)

1981   Range Rover Classic (four-door)

1994   Second-generation Range Rover (P38a)

2001   Third-generation Range Rover

2012   Fourth-generation Range Rover

2014   Fourth-generation Range Rover Long Wheelbase

2015   Range Rover SVAutobiography

2016   Range Rover SVAutobiography Dynamic

 

Range Rover Sport tackles Alpine ski course

Range Rover Sport Ski Course

In a world first, and following on from a series of challenges which seem to be getting more extreme every time, JLR decided to take on the fearsome Inferno downhill ski course in Mürren, Switzerland. British racing driver Ben Collins, most commonly known as ‘The Stig’, was provided with a production model Range Rover Sport, modified only with essential safety features (reinforced tyres, harnesses and a roll cage), and handed the daunting task of tackling the 2,170 metre descent.

During the descent Collins reached speeds of 96mph and facing gradients of 75% in the Range Rover Sport, which was equipped with a 510PS 5.0-lire supercharged V8 petrol engine. Upon completing the hair-raising course, Collins described the challenge as the “hardest thing I’ve ever done”.

The Range Rover Sport itself seemed to perform extremely well in the conditions, reaching 75mph through ice and sleet at the top of the mountain, and topping out at 96mph through fog and wet grass at the bottom of. According to Jaguar Land Rover, this can be attributed to the pioneering Terrain Response technology, which controls a number of different features on the car, to help it quickly adapt to whatever conditions it finds itself in. For example the Anti-Roll Bar stiffens to reduce body roll in dynamic mode, the rear diff is locked to allow controlled wheel slip in ‘Mud and Ruts’ mode and when the ‘Grass/Gravel/Snow’ setting is used, understeer and oversteer are reduced by engine braking.

Overall this challenge has showed the Range Rover Sport is a genuine off-roader, and not just suited to suburban streets, as some may have you believe.

Jaguar Land Rover launch in-car Spotify app

As you would expect from Jaguar Land Rover, they seem to be ahead of the curve as always, and have managed to secure an exclusive partnership with the world’s largest audio streaming service, Spotify.

Spotify In-car App

What is Spotify?

Spotify is a digital music streaming service that allows you to access millions of songs, podcasts and videos. Spotify has over 100million users worldwide, accessing music fram a huge variety of artists and genres. The free version of Spotify is similar to a commercial radio station in the fact that although you get to choose the music you listen to, your song choices are intertwined with short radio-style adverts.

Following launch at the end of September 2016, the Spotify in-car app, available through the InControl Apps library on both iOS and Android can utilise both online & offline Spotify modes, means that you can always listen to your favourite songs, even in low-signal areas. Picking your own offline playlists is a great feature of Spotify, which may mean all of those ‘Driving Anthems’ CDs stashed away in the glove box may need to find a new home.

Jaguar Land Rover say they have been working alongside Spotify for a number of years to bring this partnership to fruition, and are extremely excited to bring this new app to all vehicles, past and future, with InControl apps (vehicles since 2014).

As excited as we are about this new innovation from JLR here at Britcar, nothing quite beats a cassette in a car, does it?

Stricter rules introduced for Land Rover’s ‘old unit’ returns policy

We’ve had a letter from Land Rover explaining some changes to the old unit return policy; this policy covers old parts being returned for a surcharge refund.

Land Rover are imposing some rather strict rules for the returning parts, some of which may be difficult to meet if you’re not doing the work on the vehicle yourself.

Here is the updated list of requirements:

  • All return units must be returned in the original packaging.
  • All original packaging must be clean and untorn with none of the labels defaced.
  • All return items must be drained and thoroughly cleaned with a non-abrasive cleaner (no sand or bead blasting).
  • Items with fire damage will not be accepted.
  • Items with cracks and holes to the casing will not be accepted.
  • Radio / CD / Satnav head units must not have cracked screens or missing buttons.
  • Any damage to nozzles or electrical connectors will not be accepted.
  • Any blanking plugs or protective covers must be transferred to the old unit.

These new rules are now in force at Land Rover – if the returning item does not meet the criteria, they will not issue a refund.

We would recommend that you make sure your mechanic or workshop is aware of the new rules before starting work to remove the old unit – this may help to reduce the risk of damage to the old unit or packaging as it’s removed.

Land Rover Announces British Equestrian Champions Ben Maher And Laura Tomlinson As New Brand Ambassadors

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  • Champion riders Ben and Laura join Zara Phillips on the Land Rover equestrian roster
  • Exclusive series of films gives behind-the-scenes glimpse into the riders’ training and preparation
  • Cements Land Rover’s on-going support of equestrian sports including sponsorship of Team GBR and the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

Whitley, UK, September 6 2013 - Land Rover is to release exclusive films of equestrian champions, show jumper Ben Maher and dressage rider Laura Tomlinson, in celebration of their new roles as ambassadors for the brand.

They join Zara Phillips as Land Rover equestrian ambassadors and help cement the manufacturer’s on-going support of the sport.

lr_equestrian_brand_ambassadors_060913_03Land Rover is producing a series of exclusive films featuring the riders which will include an edition with Zara Phillips. Each rider’s individual film will take viewers behind the scenes, giving a glimpse into their training regimes, hopes and aims for competition, and insights from their trainers and support team.

Ben Maher is ranked number one in the FEI world rankings for show jumping, recently winning a team Gold and individual Silver with Jane Clark’s Cella at the 2013 FEI European Championships in Herning, Denmark. He was also a member of the Gold medal-winning British team at the London 2012 Olympics with the homebred Tripple X III.

Now 30, Ben had overtaken regular British team members by the age of 26, with consistent wins around the globe in some of the sport’s most prestigious events, which include winning the recent Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in London and Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead. He is one of just two riders to have won both the Hickstead Derby and Speed Derby in the same year.

lr_equestrian_brand_ambassadors_060913_02Ben commented: “I am incredibly excited to be joining Land Rover’s roster of equestrian ambassadors. Sitting alongside riders such as Zara Phillips is a huge privilege and Land Rover’s on-going support of the sport is great to see.”

Ben’s film is now live and can be viewed here - https://www.facebook.com/landrover.uk.

Laura Tomlinson is a long-time member of the British Dressage Team. Now age 28, Laura first competed for Britain when she was 14 and she made her debut at senior level in 2006. With her beloved horse Mistral Højris, Laura has won several team and individual medals including the team gold and individual bronze medals at the London 2012 Olympics.

Following the Olympics her aim is now to concentrate on bringing through up and coming younger horses and hopefully mould them into future champions.

Laura added: “It is great to be able to join riders such as Ben and Zara as a Land Rover ambassador. Land Rover vehicles are both powerful and elegant and these are traits I look for in my horses. I hope that my role as an ambassador and my new film will help to raise awareness of the sport and also bring in interest from the younger generation.”

Laura’s film is set to be released on the 10th September and will be available to view on Land Rover’s Facebook tab, www.facebook.com/landrover.uk, with Zara’s film to appear later in the month.

Land Rover has supported equestrian sports for over 30 years, both through individual riders and event sponsorships. Land Rover is the Official Vehicle of Team GBR, which has riders across all disciplines as well as dedicated youth teams, and is title sponsor of the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, which run from the 5th to the 8th September 2013.

Jeremy Hicks, Managing Director, Jaguar Land Rover UK said “We are delighted to announce Ben and Laura as new ambassadors for the brand. They are both fantastic young British riders and encapsulate all the traits that are important to Land Rover – their style is elegant yet powerful and both go Above and Beyond in competition.”

New Technology and Enhanced Customer Choice for Range Rover and Range Rover Sport

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  • Powerful 339PS SDV8 diesel engine added to Range Rover Sport powertrains
  • Two new diesel-hybrid models deliver 169g/km CO2 and 44.1mpg (combined)
  • New ‘Black Design Pack’ and new 22-inch alloy wheels for Range Rover
  • New driver aids and InControl™ connectivity features enhance ownership experience
  • On sale from September 10, with first deliveries in early 2014

Land Rover announces upgraded Range Rover and Range Rover Sport models for 2014, featuring new technologies and offering even greater customer choice.  The upgraded models will be available to order from 10th September with deliveries starting from early 2014.

Depending on individual markets, newly available customer-focused driver assistance technologies will include: Traffic Sign Recognition, Lane Departure Warning and Perpendicular Park, while the new Land Rover InControlTM will deliver a host of connectivity features, keeping drivers and passengers in touch with their world.

The choice of diesel and petrol powertrains is carried over with the additional availability of the powerful 4.4-litre SDV8 diesel in the Range Rover Sport, and the introduction of V6-powered, 340PS hybrid models (with CO2 ratings of just 169g/km) for both bodystyles.

“The addition of the powerful and efficient SDV8 diesel to the Range Rover Sport line-up and yet more exciting new customer-focused technologies to both the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport for 2014, further underlines their position as two of the most desirable SUVs on the market today,” said Land Rover Global Brand Director, John Edwards.

4.4 SDV8 Diesel Power

The 4.4 SDV8 for fitment in the Range Rover Sport has a revised intake system including twin-intercoolers, a new sump, new cast alloy engine mounts (giving a 10kg weight saving) and optimised calibration.  Developing 339PS and a massive 700Nm torque, the turbo-diesel delivers uncompromising performance and driveability in real world conditions.

Driving through a ZF 8HP70 8-speed automatic transmission, the SDV8 powered Sport accelerates to 62mph (100km/h) in 6.9 seconds and reaches a top speed of 140mph (225km/h) when the Dynamic Pack is fitted.

Depending on market, the upgraded Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are also available with two petrol engines; 5.0L V8 S/C 510PS and 3.0L V6 S/C 340PS,  two diesel engines; 3.0L TDV6 258PS and 3.0L SDV6 292PS (the latter being available on Range Rover Sport only) and the recently revealed hybrid powertrain.

Land Rover’s first-ever hybrid models share an identical powertrain – the 3-litre SDV6 turbo-diesel engine driving through an 8-speed ZF automatic transmission with a 35kW electric motor-generator in place of the torque converter.  Total output is 340PS and a class-leading 700Nm torque, generating acceleration to 62mph (100km/h) in under seven seconds.  The new models achieve CO2 emissions of 169g/km and record 44.1mpg on the combined cycle.

Stunning new Black Design Pack for Range Rover

lr_rr_sport_sdv8_2014_300dpi_studio_1To further extend the personalisation choices offered to Range Rover buyers, the upgraded model will be available with a new Black Design Pack option.  This pack is available on Vogue, Vogue SE and Autobiography models and features a range of parts finished in Gloss Black, including: Range Rover script on bonnet and tailgate, front grille, door mirror caps, exterior door handles, bumper vanes, side vent graphic, wheel nuts, tailgate finisher, plus a choice of a new 21-inch alloy wheels and a 22-inch alloy wheel with a new style finish.

Inside Range Rover, powered upper seat articulation (for the driver and front passenger) has been added to the options, while rear seat passengers can benefit from the larger, optional 10.2-inch screens for the entertainment system.

New driver-assistance technologies

Parking will be easier thanks to the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport’s existing Parallel Park feature being supplemented for 2014 by the addition of optional Parking Exit (which helps the driver to automatically exit parallel parking bays), Perpendicular Park (which automatically positions the car centrally in parking bays) and 360 degree Park Distance Control which provides virtual object tracking along the sides of the car at speeds of up to 10mph (16km/h).

Available in selected markets, the upgraded 2014 models can be equipped with a forward looking camera mounted which monitors the vehicle’s position between lane markings and the Lane Departure Warning system provides haptic feedback through the steering wheel should the driver begin to move out of lane without using the indicator.  The same camera is used for the Traffic Sign Recognition system which identifies speed limit signs, no overtaking signs and a variety of other warning and information signs.

A host of smart technologies

In addition to the new-for-2014 features, the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport are available with a host of carry-over smart technologies to enhance comfort and safety, and ensure that drivers enjoy a relaxed and stress-free experience behind the wheel.

Driver assistance features include Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with Queue Assist and Blind Spot Monitoring combined with Closing Vehicle Sensing, Reverse Traffic Detection and a surround camera system with Tow Assist makes it easy to hitch a trailer with minimum outside assistance.

New connectivity features with InControl™

With the brand new Land Rover InControlTM connected car system, available as an option, three new connectivity components are added to the Range Rover and Range Rover Sport for 2014 – depending on individual markets.

Land Rover InControlTM Remote Smartphone App available on both iOS and Android allow owners to check their vehicle’s security, lock status, fuel and washer fluid levels and tyre pressures from a remote location. It also incorporates journey tracking to manage business mileage, establish the vehicle’s current location and an option to navigate back to it

Land Rover InControlTM Secure tracksthe vehicle in the event of a theft using advance tracking technology, raising a silent alarm at a secure operating centre.

Land Rover InControlTM WiFi ensures a high quality wireless connection for vehicle occupants with a 3G WiFi Hotspot which uses optimised 3G and WiFi antennas to overcome this problem.

Range Rover Hybrid Proves Its Worth Through Urban Centres In Europe As The Silk Trail Expedition Continues On Its Way To Mumbai

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  • Trio of Range Rover Hybrid prototypes successfully complete first urban stages of epic ‘Silk Trail 2013′ expedition
  • Hybrid capabilities already tested in seven countries, covering over 2,770 miles (4.468km) in 12 days
  • Five countries and 41 days to go on marathon 9,950 mile (16,000km) endurance drive
  • Fantastic new imagery and film added to media website.

RR_Silk_Trail_2013_06The three Range Rover Hybrid prototypes participating in the Silk Trail expedition have now passed through seven countries in Europe in little more than a week. Since starting the 10,000-mile (16,000 km) adventure from Land Rover’s home in Solihull, UK on the afternoon of Thursday 22 August, the convoy has progressed south through the UK, east through France, Belgium, the Netherlands, and Germany, and south-east through Poland and the Ukraine.

This expedition will visit 12 countries and takes in some of the world’s most challenging roads, passes and trails, including part of the ancient, 4,000 mile Silk Road connecting Asia with the Mediterranean. These are the first hybrids to ever attempt this challenging route.

RR_Silk_Trail_2013_04This first section was always expected to be the most straightforward part of an otherwise ambitious journey, with the toughest challenges still ahead – but even so, the route has already presented the vehicles with the stresses of urban congestion, the hazards of some poorly maintained former Eastern Bloc roads and the first of many official border-crossings.

In London, Brussels, Dusseldorf, and Berlin, the Range Rover Hybrids made short work of dense rush-hour traffic, their 35kW (47 bhp) electric motors automatically taking over from the V6 diesel engine at urban speeds to reduce fuel consumption and emissions. Combined with command driving position, smooth ride and luxury cosseted cabin, progress in the  Range Rover is effortless.

RR_Silk_Trail_2013_02In the historic city centres of Krakow and Lemberg in Poland, where traffic runs nose-to-tail over ancient roads made bumpy by cobbles and tramlines, the Range Rover also impressed occupants with the suppleness of its ride. Even with the vehicles fully laden – load areas, rear seats and roof-racks piled high with heavy expedition gear – the air-suspension gracefully absorbed the bumps.

With most of the urban journey over for now, the expedition is now poised to enter Russia, where it will spend the next six days before crossing the border into Kazakhstan.

Fresh Design, Improved Economy and New Features for 2014 Discovery

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  • Exterior refresh with distinctive new face and new ‘Discovery’ badging
  • New highly efficient 340PS 3.0 V6 S/C petrol engine replaces 5.0 V8
  • Intelligent Stop-Start improves fuel economy and reduces emissions
  • New optional single-speed transfer box for revised four-wheel drive powertrain
  • Eight-speed ZF automatic transmission for all models
  • Upgraded models available to order now with deliveries from mid-November (UK.)

Land Rover announces the upgraded 2014 Discovery.  The multi-award winning vehicle gets a new look, new badging, new V6 petrol engine, new fuel stretching technology, new single-speed drivetrain, improved audio systems and a new range of driver assistance, comfort and safety features to broaden its appeal even further.  The core attributes are carried over into the 2014 models which will be available to order now with deliveries from mid-November.

LR_Discovery_2014_300dpi_LOC_2“The hugely popular Discovery continues to move from strength to strength and the addition of the new 3.0 S/C petrol engine to the 2014 range underpins our commitment to delivering power with sustainability.  As one of the world’s most stylish, capable and versatile SUVs, the Discovery is the perfect vehicle for people who enjoy living an active lifestyle to the full,” said Land Rover Global Brand Director, John Edwards.

For 2014, Discovery has been given a new ‘face’ and numerous detail exterior changes.  A new front grille, new front bumper, new headlamp design, new daytime running lights with a distinctive LED signature, plus two new alloy wheel designs, further enhance the Discovery’s appearance.  To give vehicles a heightened level of distinction, the optional ‘Black Design Pack’ remains available for 2014 models, with revised detailing, plus 19-inch and 20-inch black alloy wheels.

New ‘Discovery’ badging

In recognition of the Discovery’s established identity, the refreshed exterior design for 2014 also incorporates a change of identity for the vehicle in many markets.  For the first time ever, the name ‘Discovery’ name replaces ‘Land Rover’ on the bonnet and the number 4 will be removed from the tailgate leaving just the word ‘Discovery.’

Engine badging moves from the tailgate to an ingot mounted on each of the front doors.  This side badging will reflect the engine type and appear as either, ‘SCV6,’ ‘SDV6′ or ‘TDV6′ in markets where the lower-power diesel engine is offered.  In the USA and the Middle East the vehicle’s badging will remain as previous models.

Highly efficient petrol V6 replaces V8

LR_Discovery_2014_300dpi_STUDIO_1Underlining Land Rover’s commitment to power with sustainability, the 5-litre V8 petrol engine is replaced with the highly efficient 3.0 V6 S/C and fuel-stretching Intelligent Stop-Start technology is introduced on all petrol and diesel engines in a number of key markets.  All models are equipped with an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.

The new V6 generates 340PS and torque of 450Nm to deliver acceleration from 0-6mph in 7.7 seconds and a top speed 121mph.  Thanks to the new unit’s enhanced efficiency and the fitting of Intelligent Stop-Start, the 2014 Discovery with this engine produces just 269g/km of CO2.

In markets where diesel is popular, the 2014 Discovery will be available with two ‘carry-over’ 3-litre engines – the 211PS 3.0 TDV6 and the class-leading 256PS 3.0 SDV6 – with CO2 emissions reduced to 207g/km and 213g/km, and fuel consumption improved to 36.2mpg (combined cycle) and 35.3mpg for the SDV6.

New optional single-speed transfer box

For 2014 models, buyers will be offered a choice of two four-wheel drive systems with the new single-speed transfer box or the carry-over twin-speed transfer box which offers high and low range for the most demanding off-road conditions.

The single-speed transfer box acknowledges that some customers do not need to fully exploit the Discovery’s off-road capabilities.  Mechanically controlled, it weighs 18kg less than the two-speed box, features a Torsen differential and provides a 42/58 percent front-rear torque split.

New driver aids and premium audio

The new range of driver assistance, comfort and safety features for the 2014 Discovery include: Wade Sensing (a technology unique to Land Rover), Blind Spot Monitoring, Closing Vehicle Sensing, Reverse Traffic Detection and T-junction Cameras.

To align the 2014 Discovery with other Range Rover vehicles, it will be available with Meridian premium audio.  The standard system features 8 speakers and 380 Watts of power, while the Meridian Surround system produces an impressive 825 Watts output and features 17 speakers.

Technical Specifications

3.0L V6 Diesel(UK/Euro) 3.0L V6 S/C Petrol (Euro) 3.0L V6 S/C Petrol (US)
Engine type 3.0L SDV6Diesel 3.0L SCV6Petrol 3.0L SCV6Petrol
Power PS/rpm 256PS@4000 340PS@6500 340PS@6500
Torque Nm/rpm 600@2000 450@3500-5000 450@3500-5000
0-62mph (0-100km/h) secs 9.3 8.1 8.1
Max speed mph (km/h) 112 (180) 121 (195) 121 (195)
CO2 g/km 213 269 328*
Combined mpg (L/100k) 35.3 (8.0) 24.6 (11.5) 20.0* (14.1)*
Kerb weight kg 2570 2565 2565

Land Rover Expedition America Team Successfully Crosses The USA Off-Road

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On Wednesday August 21, the nine- member Land Rover Expedition America team successfully reached the Pacific Ocean at Port Orford, Oregon after covering over 4,000-miles and 27 days on this dirt crossing of the USA.  The expedition used Land Rover LR4 vehicles for this landmark drive.
LR_LREA_Update_6_270813_01Land Rover believes this is the most complete trans-continental dirt road crossing possible of America, from North Carolina to Oregon. This incredible adventure trail was based on the Trans-America Trail, the brainchild of Mississippi adventure motorcyclist Sam Correro. Over 85% of the drive was on the unpaved trails, forest roads, farm roads, and other existing dirt tracks that make up the Trans-America Trail.

 

Expedition leader Tom Collins (TC) used Correro’s maps and the Land Rover navigation system to guide the expedition through thousands of turns. Tom Collins called the architect of the trail from the finish point on the Oregon coast, and Correro was overjoyed to receive news of the safe and successful arrival of the expedition in Oregon.  No other production SUV or passenger car is known to have ever made the complete journey.

 

“It’s just incredible that Sam’s 30 years of research and thousands of miles traveled has allowed us to do this journey,” said Collins.   “I hope our journey highlights what an amazing job he has done and brings the Trans-America Trail to a new audience.”

 

Previously, the expedition narrowly escaped flash floods in New Mexico and Utah. In Oregon, the greatest challenge came in the last 48 hours of the expedition. Forest fires in Oregon forced the closure of many forest trails and Collins had to map out alternate dirt trails through Oregon, which resulted in a half day detour.

 

LR_LREA_Update_6_270813_05“We give our thanks to the firefighters in Oregon who provided us with detailed advice on how to drive around the fire zone safely.   Without their assistance we would have not been able to reach our goal,” said Collins.  “The sight of the ocean is something the team on the trip has been dreaming of.  After weeks of dust, plains, mountains and desert, the Pacific is an awesome sight.”

 

“The LR4 vehicles have been fantastic. They are stock, with only dealer accessory winches and roof racks.  We did not have any mechanical issues and the only repairs required while crossing the country were a few tire punctures.”

 

Land Rover launched this expedition to explore the adventures that are at hand within the United States. The Trans-America Trail is a challenge that anyone can pursue, and Land Rover is proud to have been the first production car to traverse the entire trail.

 

Future Sailing Stars Crew Land Rover’s Wildcard Entry – ‘Team Wales Land Rover’ as Extreme Sailing Series Heads for Cardiff

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  • The Extreme Sailing Series™ Cardiff presented by Land Rover brings high speed Extreme 40 catamaran competition to the Welsh capital
  • Land Rover, a Series’ Main Partner, is racing for the first time as a wildcard entry – Team Wales Land Rover – crewed by some of Britain’s brightest up-and-coming sailors and Olympic hopefuls
  • Land Rover is proud to announce Solo offshore sailor Hannah White, as the Land Rover Global Brand Ambassador for sailing.  Hannah will be providing the expert commentary in Cardiff
  • The only UK Act in the Series provides four days of fast competition around a stadium-style course in Cardiff Bay, with close-up views of the action and supporting attractions for visitors

 

The Extreme Sailing Series™Cardiffpresented by Land Rover arrives in the Welsh capital this Bank Holiday weekend for the UK leg of its global racing series, promising hard and fast competition from a full field of eight Extreme 40 catamarans. The only UK event in the competition’s eight global “Acts” will see Land Rover, one of the Series Main Partners, entering its own boat: Team Wales Land Rover.  This will be an invitational wildcard entry, with a predominantly Welsh crew, rich in young sailing talent.

 

lr_extreme_sailing_cardiff_220813_02The thrilling action will form one of the main attractions of the Cardiff Harbour Festival, with the high-speed catamarans contesting a series of racing challenges in a stadium-style setting, giving crowds a close-up view of the action from the waterfront.

 

Adding expert insight into the events on the water will be Hannah White, Land Rover’s new Global Ambassador for sailing, she will be providing the race commentary for the Act.

Team Wales Land Rover will be skippered by Cardiff-born Dave Evans. Aged 27, he is one of Wales’ most talented sailors and, as a member of the British Sailing Team, is aiming to compete in the 49er class at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Evans said “I am extremely excited to Skipper the Team Wales Land Rover Extreme 40 as it races for the first time particularly as it is in front of my home crowd.

 

“Land Rover vehicles have been part of our family life for many years and I have recently been fortunate enough to put the new Range Rover Sport through its paces.  The dynamics, control and outright speed close match the performance of the Extreme 40′s.”

 

Dave is joined by fellow British Olympic hopeful Chris Grube and, from North Wales, Bleddyn Mon and Tudur Owen.  Trystan Seal, 21, from West Wales, is also in the team, alongside British Olympian and Extreme 40 sailing veteran Will Howden. In spite of their youth profile, the crew is rich in experience and competition success.

 

lr_extreme_sailing_cardiff_220813_01Back on dry land, Hannah White, will be sharing her expert knowledge with the spectators in her race commentary. Although just 30 years old, she has established herself over the past 10 years on the single-handed offshore sailing circuit, most notably taking a podium position in the 2009 OSTAR, one of the world’s toughest single-handed ocean races. Hannah has also forged a successful career as a public speaker, national broadcaster and presenter, including commentator at the live spectator site for the sailing events at the London 2012 Olympics.

 

Mark Cameron, Land Rover Global Brand Experience Director said, “Cardiff Bay provides a great amphitheatre for Stadium Sailing with the public able to watch the racing metres from the shore.

 

“We at Land Rover are delighted to be making our debut as an invitational race team in UK waters supporting a predominantly Welsh youth team, some of whom have their sights firmly set on the Olympics in Rio in 2016. It promises to be an exciting weekend of Extreme 40 action and we cannot wait to be on the start line.”