Land Rover Defender to carry rugby trophy
Iconic British luxury car maker Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) recently revealed the Land Rover Defender that will be the mode of transport for the Webb Ellis Cup on its 100-day tour through the UK and Ireland.
Land Rover has already been named as a partner of the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the company has built a special 110 Defender Station Wagon for the event. Once again the company has put its Special Vehicle Operations division, which is based near Coventry, to good use to develop this very individual vehicle for this fantastic sporting occasion.
As a celebration of the excitement to come, the Rugby World Cup Defender 2015 made its debut by emerging from a huge rugby ball near Tower Bridge in London. The car was driven by another icon in his own right, 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Lewis Moody. The giant oval ball, which was 8.2 metres high, floated on the Thames for 25 miles from Tilbury Dock.
The Defender has a trophy cabinet at the back to show off the cup and the temperature control, lighting, security and 40-inch TV screen will be all controlled by an app on a Toshiba tablet. The glass on this Defender will by strengthened for extra security.
The Rugby World Cup tour starts on 10th June, culminating in the opening ceremony at Twickenham on 18th September. The tour should prove to be very popular with sports fans and will be a terrific build-up to the main event, which will hopefully be won by one of the UK's four national sides.