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NEW LAND ROVER DEFENDER EXPEDITION 001

Land Rover has given a first glimpse of the new Defender ahead of its world premiere at the Frankfurt Motor Show on 10 September.

The road to reveal for Land Rover’s most capable and durable 4×4 started in one of the most land-locked locations on earth, among the towering 300m canyons of the Valley of the Castles in the remote Charyn Canyon, Kazakhstan.

Across seven decades of pioneering innovation, Land Rovers have earned a unique place in the hearts of explorers, humanitarian agencies and adventurous families across the world. Proven in the harshest environments on earth, the new Defender maintains this bloodline.

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Beside the peerless luxury and refinement of the Range Rover family and the highly capable and versatile Discovery SUVs, new Defender completes the Land Rover dynasty.

Driven by a passion and respect for the original, new Defender delivers transformational breadth of capability and advanced all-terrain technologies to redefine adventure for the 21st century, while remaining true to the pioneering spirit that has been a Land Rover hallmark for 71 years.

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THE CAR THAT RESPONDS TO YOUR MOOD: NEW JAGUAR LAND ROVER TECH HELPS REDUCE STRESS

Jaguar Land Rover is researching new artificial intelligence (AI) technology to understand our state of mind while driving – and adjust cabin settings to improve driver wellbeing.

The technology uses a driver-facing camera and biometric sensing to monitor and evaluate the driver’s mood and adapt a host of cabin features, including the heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, media and ambient lighting. The settings will be altered in response to the driver’s facial expressions to help tackle stress. Reports suggest 74 per cent of us admit to feeling stressed or overwhelmed every day*.

The mood-detection system will use the latest AI techniques to continually adapt to nuances in the driver’s facial expressions and implement appropriate settings automatically. In time the system will learn a driver’s preference and make increasingly tailored adjustments.

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Personalisation settings could include changing the ambient lighting to calming colours if the system detects the driver is under stress, selecting a favourite playlist if signs of weariness are identified, and lowering the temperature in response to yawning or other signs of tiring.

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Jaguar Land Rover is also trialling similar technology for rear passengers, with a camera mounted in the headrest. If the system detects signs of tiredness, it could dim the lights, tint the windows and raise the temperature in the back, to help an occupant get to sleep.

Dr Steve Iley, Jaguar Land Rover Chief Medical Officer, said: “As we move towards a self-driving future, the emphasis for us remains as much on the driver as it ever has.

“By taking a holistic approach to the individual driver, and implementing much of what we’ve learnt from the advances in research around personal wellbeing over the last 10 or 15 years, we can make sure our customers remain comfortable, engaged and alert behind the wheel in all driving scenarios, even monotonous motorway journeys.”

The new mood–detection system is one of a suite of technologies that Jaguar Land Rover is exploring as part of its ‘tranquil sanctuary’ vision to improve the driving experience. Designed to create a sanctuary inside each of its luxury vehicles, the manufacturer is trialling a wide range of driver and passenger wellbeing features, to ensure occupants are as comfortable as possible whilst ensuring the driver remains mindful, alert and in control.

Mood-detection software is the next-generation of Jaguar Land Rover’s existing driver tracking technology. The Driver Condition Monitor, which is capable of detecting if a driver is starting to feel drowsy and will give an early warning to take a break, is available on all Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.

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GET THE LAND ROVER FEELING – THE LAND ROVER ABOVE AND BEYOND TOUR HAS COME TO LEBANON

Exciting news for Land Rover owners and fans as Mana Automotive S.A.L., the exclusive distributor of Land Rover vehicles in Lebanon, hosted its second Above and Beyond Tour.

Held from 14th of September till the 16th of September at Waterfront City Dbayeh, the 2018 Land Rover Above and Beyond Tour builds on the last years’ success and offers the frontrunners a chance to win the trip of a lifetime to Namibia. This exclusive event allowed guests to experience the latest range of Land Rover vehicles in a series of exciting driving activities which puts the drivers’ abilities to the test across a sequence of driving challenges.

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“The Above and Beyond Tour is an exciting way to showcase the breadth and capability which makes every Land Rover model the best when it comes to off-roading in an exciting way,” Benjamin Trespe, Brand Director for Jaguar Land Rover MENAP Region said.

“Previously, the Land Rover Experience Tour proved to be one of the most popular events we have run for our customers and so we are confident the Above and Beyond Tour will continue to raise that bar even higher,” Dr. Trespe added.

Commenting on the event, Rana Eyamie, Marketing Manager of Mana Automotive S.A.L., stated: “We are thrilled to host once again the Land Rover Above and Beyond Tour  in Lebanon and to give our customers  the chance to be part of this Land Rover unique and full-fledged experience.”

Land Rover’s natural terrain-inspired activities include passenger ride off-road in the All-New Discovery and self-drive challenge activity on the New Range Rover Velar.

Lebanon is just one stop the Above and Beyond Tour will make across the MENA Region with the winner from each market progressing to a final event held in the UAE in April 2019. Here, the Land Rover MENA Drive Champion for 2018/19 will be announced.

Non-drivers had the chance to experience the Land Rover vehicles as passengers, while away from the in-car activities, guests and their families were entertained throughout the day in hospitality areas comprising a wide range of F&B options, and children’s activities, making it much more than a traditional drive event but an experience for everyone of all ages.

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LAND ROVER CELEBRATES 70 YEARS OF ALL-TERRAIN ADVENTURE WITH TREK TO THE ‘LAND OF LAND ROVERS’

Land Rover took its 70th anniversary celebrations to new heights by visiting a remote rural community in West Bengal that relies on a fleet of classic models for its very survival.Known as the ‘Land of Land Rovers’, the rural location in deep in the Himalayas is reliant on a fleet of meticulously maintained Series Land Rovers dating back as far as 1957.

A film, released today, highlights the spectacular 31km journey made often by residents of Maneybhanjang in West Bengal, India to Sandakphu for their means of living. Towering gradients, rock-strewn pony tracks and treacherous weather are just some of the hazards faced on a daily basis by the residents and their Land Rovers on the journey to the hilltop village, which sits at an altitude of 3,636m.

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Land Rover’s team visited the remarkable collection of Series models, which provides a vital role for the community as reliable and unstoppable all-terrain transport.

This year marks 70 years since the original Land Rover made its debut at Amsterdam Motor Show in 1948. Land Rover is marking this milestone with a series of celebrations throughout 2018, including a special broadcast, record-breaking convoys and a display in London’s Design Museum.

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Film Celebrates Life in the UAE 50 Years Ago with Land Rover

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The Trucial States, the land we now call the United Arab Emirates ( UAE ), was a barren environment in the early 1960’s and with no roads to connect the surrounding Emirates, 4x4s were the only way to get around. To commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Land Rover, an extraordinary film has been released, which documents the lives of two people who depended on Land Rovers on a daily basis.

With no roads, traveling between the Emirates was rough and dangerous and so for Dubai based civil engineer Robin Webb and Ras Al-Khaimah resident, Majed Awwad, the only option was a Land Rover.

Director Hind Shoufani, working with Mr. Webb’s nephew, Iain Akerman, has directed and produced “A Journey of Rediscovery,” which tells Robin’s and Majed’s stories and their relationship with their Land Rovers. The film not only documents the days before the formation of the United Arab Emirates, but also pays tribute to seven decades of Land Rover by demonstrating how the trusted 4×4 played a role in their journey.

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Majed Mohammed Awwad came to Ras Al-Khaimah through Egypt as a young Palestinian, in the 1960s to work as an advisor, before working in the local municipality.

“Whoever owned a Land Rover back then was considered very important. It was the only car capable of overcoming all challenges” Mr. Awwad said.

Mr. Webb designed and supervised the construction of some of the first roads in the Emirate of Ras Al-Khaimah as one of his final projects before leaving the Middle East in 1968.

“One of the great things about us doing engineering was that we had Land Rovers. We basically lived in Land Rovers the whole time. They were the most trusted off-road companions and the best way to connect people and states when few roads existed.” Mr. Webb said.

Mr. Webb’s work in Dubai included constructing the souq wharf, extending the customs wharf and dredging Dubai Creek, while he was also called to work on jobs in Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, Abu Dhabi and Ras Al-Khaimah.

To get to the other Emirates from Dubai, he had to drive his Land Rover across the enormous sabkha flats at low tide, over sand dunes, along the hard-packed wet sand of the beaches and through the gravel plains.

“It’s almost unfathomable now to think how harsh the environment was in the United Arab Emirates not that long ago. Back then, having a Land Rover was literally a life saver in order to guarantee that you would safely get back home before nightfall,” said Salman Sultan, Public Relations and Social Media Manager for Jaguar Land Rover MENA.

The film was shot entirely in the UAE and shows that although everything changes with time, memories remain to light the path forward. “A Journey of Rediscovery,” brilliantly illustrates how Land Rover has been a part of Majed and Robin’s UAE excursions half a century ago and is another story in Jaguar Land Rover MENA’s #MYLAND initiative, (Ardhi in Arabic), which celebrates the impact of Arab culture on today’s modern world.

It shows the strong bond that exists between people and their 4x4s and confirms the key role Land Rover has played in developing the United Arab Emirates and the pride that Land Rover has with the region.

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LAND ROVER AND TERRY GRANT SMASH WORLD RECORD AT GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED

Land Rover and Terry Grant smashed a world record at this week’s Goodwood Festival of Speed, with a two-wheel speed run in the new Range Rover Sport SVR. Terry’s 2:24.5 run up the famous hillclimb broke Terry’s old record for a mile travelled in a car on two wheels, set in 2011, by more than 30 seconds.

Terry Grant flipped the Range Rover Sport SVR up on to two wheels with the use of a ramp, before hitting speeds of up 60mph on Goodwood’s famous hillclimb as he set the new Guinness World Record time.

Terry snatched the record in a dramatic last gasp attempt on Sunday afternoon, having attempted four runs earlier in the weekend, none of which Terry managed to complete.

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The Range Rover Sport SVR is a 575hp performance SUV, capable of 0-60mph in 4.3 seconds and a top speed of 174mph – with four wheels on the road, at least. The Range Rover Sport only required one modification for the world record run, a tweak to its differential to allow the car to deliver more power to the two wheels on the ground – both of which will be pumped up to 90PSI.

Terry Grant is a multiple world-record holder, with 25 Guinness World Records already to his name, and with this latest record, Terry has bested a 2:55 run that he himself set at Goodwood in 2011.

Stunt Driver, Terry Grant, said: “It really shouldn’t be underestimated how difficult a two-wheeled speed run like this is; you are always fighting to keep the car balanced right on the edge, as it tries to tip either one way or the other. You need to be conscious of everything, from the camber of the road to the strength of the wind. Thankfully, conditions were excellent and the Range Rover Sport SVR was the perfect precision tool for the job.”

The world record was not the only amazing Land Rover moment of the Festival of Speed, as 70 historic and important Land Rovers took to the hill in what was the largest batch of cars to ever tackle the famous route in one go. From 1948, to 2018, the parade of cars celebrated 70 years of one of Britain’s most iconic automotive brands.

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70 YEARS OF LAND ROVER MATERIAL INNOVATION AT THE LONDON DESIGN MUSEUM

Land Rover and the Design Museum are inviting visitors to take a seat to commemorate 70 years of the Land Rover brand innovation.

The atrium seating at the London museum has been re-upholstered with 18 original materials used in Land Rovers from 1948 to 2018 for the Material Innovation installation.

They include the original fabric from the first Land Rover (1948), the cloth designed with Sir Paul Smith for his special edition Land Rover Defender (2015) and an innovative, sustainable textile developed by Kvadrat for the Range Rover Velar (2017) as a premium alternative to leather.

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Visitors are invited to discover and experience the different qualities of these authentic fabrics – a change from the usual ‘don’t touch’ rule at museums.

Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum, said: “The Land Rover is one of the great design success stories. This installation is a great opportunity for our visitors to see seven decades of new thinking about textiles in the context of vehicle design. And this is one part of the museum where we are definitely saying please touch.”

Gerry McGovern, Land Rover Chief Design Officer, said: “Land Rover materials and fabrics are rigorously tested to meet the exacting standards of our customers. This installation reflects the history of our seating from cloth to leather and includes our latest technical materials from Kvadrat in the new Range Rover Velar.”

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LAND ROVER ANNOUNCES 70TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS WITH WORLD’S MOST REMOTE DEFENDER OUTLINE

After 70 years of all-terrain adventures and global expeditions, Land Rover has once again taken the Defender to new heights.

Stretching over 250 metres, the most remote Defender outline was imprinted on the side of a mountain in the French Alps. The unique snow art was created to announce World Land Rover Day on 30 April, exactly 70 years since the original Land Rover was first shown to the world at the 1948 Amsterdam Motor Show.

The unique image is a tribute to the moment when the engineering director of Rover, Maurice Wilks, first sketched the shape for the original Land Rover in the sand of Red Wharf Bay and proposed the idea to his brother Spencer, Rover’s managing director. The forward-thinking design was christened the ‘Land Rover’, the outline of which we now recognise as the Defender.

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Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Prof Dr Ralf Speth, said: “Land Rover is an iconic brand around the world and the outline of the Defender is instantly recognisable. To reach the landmark of 70 years is truly special and we will mark it with a year of celebrations that represents Land Rover’s ‘Above and Beyond’ spirit and honours the people behind the world’s favourite SUVs.”

Land Rover is inviting fans to join the celebrations in a World Land Rover Day online broadcast. It stars the people who helped create the world’s most-loved 4x4s and Land Rover’s pioneering technologies, from its Series Land Rover and Defender origins, to the introduction of the Range Rover in 1970 and Discovery in 1989.`

Snow artist Simon Beck, who specialises in creating geometric outlines on foot, braved sub-zero temperatures to start the celebrations by creating the Defender outline 2,700m up at La Plagne in the French Alps.

To produce the high-altitude Defender, Beck walked 20,894 steps and 16.5km (10.2 miles) through the French Alps. He said: “Making my snow art requires endurance, accuracy and strength – all attributes shared with the Defender. Its iconic shape is so simple and recognised across the world; this must be the most recognisable piece of art I’ve ever made.”

World Land Rover Day is on 30 April. To watch the broadcast and take part in the celebrations, go to www.youtube.com/landrover at 20.00 BST, 22.00 KSA time and 23.00 UAE time and use the hashtag #LandRover70Years

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NEW 007 MISSION FOR JAGUAR LAND ROVER

Jaguar Land Rover has a new mission with James Bond – a three-year partnership at the state-of-the-art interactive experience, 007 ELEMENTS in Sölden, Austria.

Fittingly Jaguar Land Rover, whose cars have featured in Bond films since 1983, is now official partner to 007 ELEMENTS located at the top of the 3,050m Gaislachkogl peak.

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007 ELEMENTS offers visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the world of the iconic secret agent in a new mountain-top location next to the ice Q restaurant used as the Hoffler Klinik in Spectre. Interactive displays featuring Jaguar Land Rover technical content along with the Land Rover Defender and Range Rover Sport SVR used for filming Spectre will form part of the experience.

Visitors will also see the latest Jaguar Land Rover technology, with the artificial intelligence systems and 90kWh lithium-ion battery from an electric Jaguar I-PACE performance SUV used to power a wireframe model of the C-X75 concept car that starred in a spectacular car chase through Rome in Spectre.

Jaguar Land Rover vehicles have appeared in nine Bond films since Octopussy in 1983, when Roger Moore made a dramatic escape in a Range Rover Classic driven by Bianca (Tina Hudson).

Mark Cameron, Jaguar Land Rover Experiential Marketing Director, said: “From one British icon to another, Jaguar Land Rover is proud to be part of 007 ELEMENTS, the new James Bond experience. We have collaborated with EON Productions and Cable Car Companies Sölden to showcase our Bond vehicles and latest technologies in this unique installation overlooking the Ötztal Alps.”

007 Elements will open to the public on 12 July 2018. For further information visit www.007elements.com

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SUPERCAR BEATER: RANGE ROVER SPORT SVR SETS TIANMEN ROAD RECORD

Land Rover’s enhanced performance SUV sets new benchmark on Tianmen Road, China

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An SUV is not meant to outperform a supercar, but that’s exactly what happened when the new Range Rover Sport SVR took on a fearsome mountain road in China.

Land Rover’s performance SUV, driven by Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung, has smashed the record for negotiating the 99 corners of the famous Tianmen Road.

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The standard production Range Rover Sport SVR set a new unofficial record of 9 minutes 51 seconds for the 11.3km ascent at an average speed of 68.8km/h (42.8mph), beating the previous best of 10 minutes 31 seconds – set by a Ferrari 458 Italia supercar in 2016.

With 575PS available from its enhanced V8 supercharged engine, the new Range Rover Sport SVR is the fastest ever Land Rover and can accelerate from 0-100km/h in 4.5 seconds (0-60mph in only 4.3 seconds) with a top speed of 280km/h (174mph). The new performance flagship features bold design revisions and increased use of lightweight materials to enhance performance, handling and agility.

Coupled with changes to the chassis, the new SVR delivers more dynamic responses without compromising traditional Range Rover comfort. The engineers at SVO focused on controlling pitch under heavy acceleration and braking, and changes to the damping hardware have improved turn-in, mid-corner grip and body control.

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Panasonic Jaguar Racing’s Ho-Pin Tung said: “I am used to the high speeds of racing but these 99 turns were something unique. Maintaining concentration was the biggest challenge as the road twists and turns constantly, with huge drop-offs to the side. The consequences of getting it wrong would have been really serious so I focused on establishing a rhythm and the Range Rover Sport SVR made this easy – it may be an SUV but it has the performance and agility of a supercar and can take you to places a supercar can only dream of.”

The optional exposed carbon fibre bonnet is one of the distinctive innovations introduced by the experts at Special Vehicle Operations and features a pair of large air vents to underline its performance potential. A revised front bumper provides enhanced brake and engine cooling while the 5.0-litre V8 supercharged engine produces 700Nm of torque.

Inside, new lightweight SVR Performance seats provide superior support and traditional Range Rover luxury with Windsor leather, an embossed SVR logo and a choice of four colour combinations.

The record-breaking ascent is the latest challenge completed by the Range Rover Sport after the PHEV model made the dizzying climb to the iconic Heaven’s Gate natural rock arch at the road’s summit last month. The PHEV made its debut in a race against two-time open-water swimming world champion Keri-anne Payne and endurance athlete Ross Edgley in Devon, UK.

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Range Rover Classic Off-Roading through the snow

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Image Credit: Lebanon Off-Road.com

Make : Land Rover
Model : Range Rover
Year : 1992

Owner : Alain Chahine
Country : Lebanon

Engine & Performance

  • At Stock: 3.9L
  • Engine Modifications: 4.6L
  • Differential: ARB Front and Rear Air Lockers
  • Ashcroft 4.7 Ring and Pinions
  • Ashcroft CV and Shafts

Chassis

  • Suspension: Terrafirma Suspension 

Wheels and Tires

  • Wheels: BeadLock 10”
  • Tires: 36” Irok

Exterior

  • Front and Rear Reinforced Bumpers
  • Roof Racks
  • 13000 Lb Electric Winch
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THE PHONE THAT’S AS TOUGH AS A LAND ROVER DISCOVERY

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Land Rover Explore mobile phone is tough and capable – like the Discovery SUV that inspired it.

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Powerful enough for two full days of typical use and durable enough to keep you connected when the going gets tough, it is developed by Land Rover and Bullitt Group and will be revealed at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Designed with cues from the unbeatably capable and desirable Land Rover Discovery, the Explore smartphone is at home in the office and on an outdoor adventure, navigating as you go further and stay out for longer.

The Land Rover Explore is as adventurous as you are. Drop-tested to 1.8 metres with a factory-fitted screen protector, it can survive underwater – including salt water – and can cope with extreme temperatures, humidity, thermal shock and vibration exposure. This level of protection ensures the device can survive heavy downpours or muddy trails and will continue to work, keeping you connected

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The Android-powered phone’s home screen has a customisable outdoor dashboard for instant access to weather information and data from the device’s sensors. The full HD screen works in bright sunlight and can be controlled with gloves or wet fingers. It is also fully compatible with all Land Rover in-car apps.

Joe Sinclair, Director of Branded Goods and Licensing, Jaguar Land Rover, said: “This the smartphone we’d all like to own – a perfect combination of design and functionality that embodies the Land Rover DNA and enables customers to be outdoors for longer, with the confidence to go further.”

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