Welcome to Land Rover’s torture chamber
TG.com heads to its Eastnor testing grounds to try to kill the world’s toughest off-roader...
Posted: 11 Dec 2011
First, we sought some destructive advice. This Defender 110 belongs to the first British team to win the Camel Trophy. In it are Bob and Joe Ives - they drove it to victory in 1989 and, between them, know many things about breaking Land Rovers.
"Drive it fast and disrespectfully," says Bob. "They're fairly bomb-proof but they don't like jumping. Oh, and if you really want to kill one, don't tighten up the wheel nuts properly. I sold my TVR-engined desert challenge 110 to someone that did that - he was racing in Dubai, felt a wobble, remembered he hadn't torqued them up, the front dug in and he ended up end-over-ending it."