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That looks very much like a racing version of the Land Rover Defender. Which would be ridiculous. So what is it? It’s a racing version of the Land Rover Defender. Specifically, it’s a racing version of the Land Rover Defender prepped by Bowler Offroad - the firm behind Hammond’s favourite Wildcat - and set to compete against 14 identical clones in this year’s inaugural one-make ‘Defender Challenge’ series. Sounds amazing. 15 Defenders charging round Silverstone, three abreast into the first corner, tilting merrily, swapping paint… Sadly not. The Defender Challenge is a British mud’n’gravel rally raid series designed to get inexperienced drivers and navigators on the first rung of the rally raid ladder. Essentially it’s a feeder for the Dakar. So is this the LR equivalent of X-Raid’s Mini Countryman? A spaceframe, silhouette racer bearing no relation to the production car?