Bowler Motors, an off-road performance specialist, has unveiled the New Bowler Defender which will be used in a single-brand championship that will start in 2022 in the United Kingdom and is called Bowler Defender Challenge.
The Bowler Defender is inspired by the Land Rover Defender 90. For use in competition the vehicle was fitted with a full FIA approved tubular frame, a modified underbody, raised suspension, special 18-inch rally wheels and cams on the column support.
Since its market launch in 2020, the Land Rover Defender has received recognition from customers and the media for its unstoppable capabilities, attractive handling and overall robustness. The Defender 90, with a shorter and more compact wheelbase, proved to be the perfect starting point for the Bowler conversion.
"The development of the new Bowler Defender perfectly demonstrates the mutual benefits of Bowler's partnership with Jaguar Land Rover's Special Vehicle Operations division.", he claimed Michael van der sande, Director of Special Vehicle Operations at Jaguar Land Rover
“Our technical support team has partnered with Bowler's legendary rally expertise to turn the performance-packed Defender into a machine designed to race. The Bowler Defender Challenge will demonstrate the durability of the Defender in some of the world's toughest conditions and provide an exciting and accessible entry point to off-road racing for a whole new generation of Bowler and Land Rover customers. "added the executive.
Bowler engineers have incorporated a wide variety of electronic components, from fire protection and power outages up to additional lighting and vehicle control systems. All of these features have been fully integrated into the existing electrical architecture. Racing seats have been installed and the gearshift has been relocated to an optimal racing position.
In this conversion process, Bowler has slightly modified and strengthened the Defender's bodywork, which already showed extraordinary stiffness, to withstand the demanding conditions of off-road racing.
Standard doors have been reduced to remove the running board area and place full length side protection panels on the underside of the vehicle. The modified front part favors airflow from the cooling system and houses additional lighting for racing, while the new roof spoiler incorporates additional rear lighting.
The Bowler Defender Challenge will feature seven dates in the UK, the dates and locations of which will be announced at the end of the year. There is 12 registrations for the series and each team will compete in Defender identical and prepared by Bowler. This competition is open to both veteran and inexperienced participants. The all-inclusive price per participant is £ 99.500, about 138.000 dollars.