A one-off modified 110 Station Wagon has been revealed as the Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender.
This vehicle has been designed and built by Land Rover’s Special Vehicle Operations team to transport the Webb Ellis Cup on the 100-day Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour across the UK and Ireland.
The grand unveiling of this vehicle took place this morning at Tower Bridge, London UK, where the unique vehicle emerged from a giant Rugby Ball, driven by Land Rover Ambassador and Rugby World Cup Winner, Lewis Moody. The 8.2m high ball was floated 25 miles up the River Thames from Tilbury Dock, passing iconic London landmarks such as the Thames Barrier and Canary Wharf along the way.
The key focal point of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender is the bespoke Trophy cabinet, which has special conditions, such as the right lighting and temperature, to ensure safe housing of the Webb Ellis Cup. The climate control system is crucial to ensuring the Trophy is always the star and visible to fans throughout the Tour. It maintains a constant temperature within the cabinet to eliminate fogging and is aided by anti-glare security glass. To add a touch of theatre, three different lighting modes have been incorporated and a host of memorable moments from Rugby’s illustrious history will play on the flat screen TV.
This high spec technology is all controlled by a one-of-a-kind Rugby World Cup 2015 Defender App which has been developed specifically for the purpose of controlling the conditions within the Trophy cabinet.
The bespoke touches to the vehicle are not just limited to the cabinet, the interior is based on the Defender Autobiography and design touches such as Black Windsor Leather seats with gold contrast stitching and Rugby World Cup 2015 blue piping. The Rugby World Cup Trophy Tour logo takes prominent position being embroidered onto the front headrests.
The vehicle is powered by Land Rover’s proven 2.2-litre diesel engine and six-speed manual transmission and features a front winch, aluminum sump guard, side and rear steps, modified raised air intake and expedition rack to compliment the striking Rugby World Cup 2015 graphics on the exterior.
To take an in-depth look at the vehicle visit the Rugby World Cup Trophy vehicle page www.landrover.com/above-and-beyond/celebrate-defender/rugby-world-cup-2015-defender.html
Land Rover is a Worldwide Partner of this year’s international Rugby World Cup. To find out more about our involvement with the tournament visit www.landrover.com/rugby