Land Rover Defender Td5

Land Rover Defender Td5

A Short History of the Land Rover Defender

The Land Rover Defender first appeared in 1983, as the Land Rover One Ten, followed a year later by the Land Rover Ninety. The Defender badge didn’t make its first appearance in 1991 to differentiate the more classically styled Land Rover from the relatively new Discovery model.

The Defender is what most people think of when you mention the name Land Rover, the model can trace its DNA right back to the first Land Rover made in 1948, and even though it’s now left the production line it’s more in demand than ever.

The core construction of the Defender follows closely in the footsteps of the Series Land Rovers that came before it. It sits on a steel box section chassis with a steel bulkhead and aluminium body panels. There are live axles front and rear sitting on coil springs (as opposed to the leaf springs used on Series vehicles), a removable roof, removable door tops, and a fold down windscreen.

Unlike the Series Land Rovers, the Defender has full time four-wheel drive, a lockable centre differential, and a larger one-piece windscreen. Engine options for the Defender have varied over the years of its production, the legendary Rover V8 has been on offer since the early days but its thirst for fuel has meant that the more efficient diesel-engined variants have generally been bought in higher numbers.

The Land Rover Defender Td5 Shown Here

Of all the diesels that have been fitted under the aluminium hood of the Defender since its introduction, one of the most popular has been the Td5. Rover developed the Td5 under the code name Project Storm, to create a new line of diesel engines that could be fitted to both 4x4s and road cars in various capacities and cylinder counts.

More than anything, Land Rover needed the Td5 to be tough, and to meet modern Euro-spec emissions regulations. Purists decried the change from mechanical fuel injection to Electronic Unit Injection, fearing it would be difficult or impossible to fix in the field. They were slowly won over as they realised how reliable the new engines were – and how much more efficient they were than the outgoing 300Tdi, which was still based on the antiquated Land Rover diesels of decades past.

With 221 lbf.ft of torque, the 2493cc Td5 offered solid gains over its predecessor. It also utilised a more modern SOHC design than the OHV unit on the 300Tdi, a larger Allied Signal GT20 turbocharger, and the aforementioned Electronic Unit Injection by Lucas.

The Defender 90 you see here has just been through a nut and bolt restoration with the team at Cool n’ Vintage based out of Portugal. It started out as a 2002 Td5 but it’s been stripped back to a bare chassis and rebuilt from scratch, with a new interior, a new soft top , black painted steel wheels and a set of 5 BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires. The internal steel frame for the roof has been galvanised to protect against rust, all the original rubber bushings have been replaced with modern polyurethane units, and the somewhat clunky original steering wheel has been swapped out for a more sports-oriented example.

If you’d like to read more about this Defender or enquire after buying it you can click here to visit Cool n’ Vintage or follow them on InstagramVimeo – Facebook.

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Land Speed Racing Documentary: The World’s Fastest

Land Speed Racing Documentary: The World’s Fastest

The World’s Fastest is a documentary currently in production by director/photographer Alexandra Lier and producer Laia Gonzalez. If the name Alexandra Lier sounds familiar to you, that’s because she’s one of the world’s foremost land speed record photographers, and the creator of the books Speedseekers and The World’s Fastest Place.

Alexandra has been travelling to the Bonneville Salt Flats every season since 1999 to document the men, women, and machines that make it one of the holiest sites in the world of motor sport. Many people are concerned that not enough is being done to capture the stories and history of people in the land speed record fraternity, so a film like this will see broad support from both inside and outside the noxiously tight-knit Bonneville club.

If you’d like to pitch in to get the film finished you can click below to watch the trailer and read the Kickstarter Page.

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BMW Chief Says Electrified & Connected Vehicles Higher Priority Than Sales Volume

As it seeks to keep its competitive edge, BMW’s CEO says it will place a higher emphasize on vehicle electrification and connected, automated features.

The revelation by CEO Harald Krueger came while speaking with journalists Thursday at the company’s Munich headquarters.

Sales have been particularly strong for the automaker, with BMW, Mini, and Rolls-Royce divisions bringing in a record 2.37 million sales last year. Published reports anticipate the German luxury carmaker will reach 3 million in sales by 2020.

BMW reported 62,000 plug-in electrified vehicles (PEVs) sold last year, with 25,000 being the all-electric i3 (though sales numbers do include the range-extended i3 option and do not break them out by type). The automaker aims to hit the 100,000 PEV sales mark this year.

Krueger sees being a technology leader in the global auto industry as the key benchmark with electrification and connectivity. However, the company is gearing up for more with more production capacity being added through its global network.

The company will be combining the two technologies in the iNext all-electric car scheduled to start production in 2021. It will be capable of Level 4 autonomous driving, one step below Level 5 fully automated driving under Society of Automotive Engineers standards.

The photo above, featuring the iNext concept, was taken earlier this month at the company’s 97th annual general meeting in Munich.

For now, connectivity features on a new BMW model include connected digital services and automated functions. That includes driver assistance systems, active cruise control, and parking assistance.

On the electrification front, it’s not all about battery-powered cars. The chief executive said the company is still committed to fuel cell vehicles.

He acknowledged that scarcity in hydrogen stations weakens demand for fuel cell vehicles, but he thinks that eventually a wide fueling network will be established. The company’s partnership with Toyota is helping BMW advance fuel cell technology while sharing costs, but forecasting how fuel cell vehicle sales will by 2030 isn’t clear at this point, he said.

“With Toyota, we are working on a new generation of fuel cell vehicles. Last year, we put on the road a small test fleet based on the 5-series Gran Turismo. In 2021 we plan a small series of the next step in fuel cell technology,” he said.

BMW has been kept out of the diesel cheating investigations so far, while European competitors Audi, Daimler, Renault, and Fiat Chrysler have been pulled in. Krueger doesn’t see how his company can hit European Union CO2 emission reduction targets by 2021 without using diesel engines. They’re 15 to 20 percent more efficient than gasoline engines when measuring carbon emissions.

“You need to invest in clean diesels and Euro 6 engines are clean diesels,” he said.

The German automaker is committed to hitting the 25 percent sales mark in electrified vehicles by 2025. However, 75 percent will remain internal combustion engines with diesel playing into the mix, he said.

Krueger does expect that the costs behind having to lower diesel emissions more each year will drive up their costs, making it not worthwhile to build and sell them, he said.

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BMW does see the need to bring in partnership alliances on the autonomous driving side of the business. Cooperating with suppliers is a necessity, highlighted lately by adding Delphi to its network.

“We are not the best in making radars and vision controls, so we work with Mobileye,” Krueger said. “We do not make chips, so we cooperate with Intel. We have just taken on board Delphi to cooperate on software and system knowledge.”

The automaker does have its part to play in that alliance. That comes from computing power and software as a core competence he said. Automaker expertise also comes from years of designing and selling the premium vehicle experience.

“We are in the premium business. We sell design and emotion, not just a way of getting from point A to B,” he said.

BMW may stay at Level 4 automated driving, where a human driver may have to enter the picture.

“You will never see a robo-taxi from BMW,” Krueger said.

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Last Call: Choose Wisely Edition

Most Millennials won’t get this joke. Last Call indicates the end of Hooniverse’s broadcast day.  It’s meant to be an open forum for anyone and anything. Thread jacking is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. Image: Pinterest Tweet
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