Land Rover utilizing Red Cross all-terrain experts for Defender testing

Chris Teague

Chris Teague

Land Rover enlisted the help of the Red Cross to test the 2020 Land Rover Defender.

The Defender is coming back. Long a poorly kept secret, Land Rover gave enthusiasts a peek at the vehicle’s development before the Land Rover Defender makes its way onto dealer lots.

The setting is Dubai and the drivers are members of the elite all-terrain experts from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Surrounded by sand dunes and the twisty tarmac of Jebel Jais highway, Dubai is a playground for off-road enthusiasts who also want to check out their vehicle’s on-road prowess.

That’s exactly what the IFRC drivers did.

IFRC fleet drivers piloted the 4x4s over soft sand dunes, climbing steep ascents, pitching down side slopes, and conquering blind crests. This is similar testing to what was conducted by Rolls-Royce during development of their SUV, the Cullinan.

As temperatures climbed over 100 degrees, the drivers took to the 12 miles of hairpin turns of the Jebel Jais highway climbing to over 6,500-feet of elevation up to the top of Jebel Yibir mountain, the tallest point in the United Arab Emirates.

The new Defender has already undergone over 745,000 miles of testing as part of its development.

Land Rover debuted the 2020 Land Rover Defender at the Frankfurt Auto Show earlier this year.

2020 Land Rover Defender

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2020 Land Rover Defender

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2020 Land Rover Defender

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2020 Land Rover Defender

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2020 Land Rover Defender

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2020 Land Rover Defender

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2020 Land Rover Defender

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2020 Land Rover Defender

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2020 Land Rover Defender

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