Land Rover reveals custom Defender for Rugby World Cup

Land Rover has unveiled a new bespoke version of the Defender which has been built to transport the Webb Ellis Cup during the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour.

Designed by Jaguar Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations division in Ryton, the custom Defender features a range of unique elements to help it safely take the trophy on its way.

The focal point of the new model is its custom trophy cabinet at the rear of the vehicle, which is protected with toughened security glazing and comes with various security technologies.

Unique one-off model

A unique app has also been designed for the model, which allows the lighting, temperature and locking mechanism on the cabinet to be adjusted on the go to ensure conditions are just right.

Land Rover says that the climate control system is essential to making sure that the cup is visible to fans throughout the tour, maintaining temperature to avoid fogging up the glass.

Three different lighting modes are also available, while an incorporated flat-screen TV constantly plays a host of memorable clips from rugby’s illustrious history.

Inside, the interior is based on the Land Rover Defender Autobiography edition, outfitted with a high level of personalised design touches, including black Windsor leather seats embellished with gold stitching.

The contrasting colour scheme extends across the dashboard and doors, while the front headrests are exclusively embroidered with the Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour logo.

Power comes courtesy of Land Rover’s 2.2-litre diesel engine with a six-speed manual transmission, while it also features all-terrain touches like a front winch, and a raised air intake.

Range of bespoke, custom features

Finally, the exclusive Land Rover Defender model is finished with unique Rugby World Cup graphics, exterior spotlights to mimic the floodlights on the pitch and broad 16-inch off-road tyres.

John Edwards, managing director of Special Vehicle Operations, 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.”