Bowler’s off-road masters get their hands on the Land Rover Defender 90 and get it ready for the rally. The machine will participate in the Bowler Defender Challenge series in 2022.
The Bowler Defender retains the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder from the road model that develops 296 horsepower (221 kilowatts). The big changes include new front and rear subframes with additional reinforcements to handle the revised suspension. Fox components mean the correct height increases by 0.98 inches (25 millimeters).
Bowler cuts door sill coverings to make room for full-length side sill panels made of 0.24 inch (6 millimeters) thick aluminum. There’s also a fine-tuned lower fairing for increased airflow and additional lighting.
Inside there is an FIA compliant roll cage, fire extinguisher system and power cuts. Competitors sit in racing seats and Bowler moved the gear selector to be better for the race. The team is also adding column-mounted shift paddles.
Bowler-modified Defenders will compete in their own single-make rally series. There will be seven events in the UK in 2022. The company will announce the dates and locations of these races later. For inexperienced drivers, Land Rover will provide training to get them a racing license.
Bowler has specialized in building rally-ready SUVs for decades. In 2019, Land Rover bought the company and integrated it into Jaguar Land Rover’s own Special Vehicle Operations division.
Since joining the Land Rover family, Bowler has introduced the CSP 575 as an old-fashioned Defender 110 with a modern 5.0-liter supercharged V8 developing 567 hp (423 kW) and an asking price of around £ 200,000.
The division is reportedly working on a hardcore, road-legal variant of the current Defender that would have capabilities capable of challenging the Mercedes-AMG G63. The focus could be on off-road capability since the Defender V8 already produces a lot of power with 518 hp (386 kW) and 461 lb-ft (625 Nm) from the supercharged 5.0-liter V8.