It’s been tested across the globe... and in Gaydon
Today we’re on a section of ‘Developing World’ track. It’s actually at Gaydon in Warwickshire. “We keep having to tell the track graders not to repair these tracks,” says Andy Deeks. He’s in charge of the new Defender’s durability and reliability program. 200 cars have been tested across the globe, but a lot of the extreme event testing is done here. That’s things such as kerb strikes, bridge jumps and pothole breaks. Not just testing of the wheels and suspension but knock-on effects such as the loads on the engine mounts. “We’ve had to switch on to some of the harder tracks at Eastnor because it just breezed over the other stuff too easily,” he says.