I have named her "The Green Rover". During the years that I have owned her I have learned her mechanical limits and my driving limits.
Military uses include light utility vehicle; communications platform; weapon platform for recoilless riflesAnti-tank e. The Discovery has also been used in small numbers, mostly as liaison vehicles. Two models that have been designed for military use from the ground up are the Forward Control from the early s and the Lightweight or Airportable from the late s.
The latter was intended to be transported under a helicopter.
Inthe colour scheme was changed to green with yellow stripes. More recently, vehicles have been painted white, and are issued with fittings similar to civilian UK Mountain Rescue teams. An adaptation of Land Rovers to military purposes is the "Pink Panther" models.
For desert use they were often painted pink, hence the name. The vehicles were fitted with among other gear a sun compassmachine guns, larger fuel tanks and smoke dischargers. Series and Defender models have also Land rover armoured. The first of these were delivered in to the Royal Ulster Constabularythe Northern Ireland police force.
ByLand rover had been more than 1, produced. These were originally based on heavy-duty V8 chassis but some have recently been re-mounted on new chassis from Otokar of Turkey and fitted with diesel engines and air-conditioning for Iraq.
Although these now have more in common with the 'Wolf' Defender XD Land Rovers that many mistakenly confuse them with, the Snatch and the Wolf are different vehicles. The most radical conversion of a Land Rover for military purposes was the Centaur half-track. A small number was manufactured, and they were used by Ghana, among others.
The Land Rover is used by military forces throughout the world. The current generation of Land Rover used by British Army, the Snatch 2, have upgraded and strengthened chassis and suspension compared to civilian-specification vehicles.
The WMIK consists of a driver, a raised gun, usually a Browning heavy machine gun or a grenade machine gun, this used for ground support, and a GPMG general-purpose machine gunner located next to the driver, this used for vehicle protection.
Now, Land Rover has its own G4 challenge. Courses offered include off-road driving, winching and trailer handling, along with a variety of corporate and individual 'Adventure Days'. The factory centres at Solihull and Halewood have manufacturing tours, while Gaydon has an engineering tour. Safety Model-by-model road accident statistics from the UK Department for Transport show that the Land Rover Defender is one of the safest cars on British roads as measured by chance of death in two-car injury accidents.
Other four-wheel-drive vehicles scored equally highly, and collectively these vehicles were much safer for their passengers than those in other classes such as passenger cars and MPVs.
These figures reflect the fact that drivers of large mass vehicles are likely to be safer, often at the expense of other drivers if they collide with smaller cars. This original association fell away when the company merged with British Leyland. There are many Land Rover clubs throughout the UK and internationally.
Land Rover clubs break down into a number of groups of varying interests. Special Vehicle Clubs — At various times Land Rover have produced vehicles for specific events or on a specific theme, most notable are the Camel Trophy and G4 Challenge vehicles which have been sold on to the general public, and a range of Defenders that were loosely based on the custom vehicles produced for the Tomb Raider motion picture.
Regional Clubs in the UK break down into two groups, competitive and non-competitive. The non-competitive clubs activities generally relate to social events, off-road driving or green laning on un-surfaced public highways or 'pay and play' days at off-road centres. Competitive clubs are a phenomenon almost exclusively found within the UK, who as well as the non-competitive activities detailed above run competitive events such as Tyro, Road Taxed Vehicle RTV and Cross Country Vehicle CCV trials, winch and recovery challenges or speed events such as Competitive Safaries.
All UK competitive events are run within the framework of rules created by the Motor Sports Association MSA with further vehicle specific rules applied by the host club or association. Outside of the UK regional clubs are independent and mostly non-competitive.
A number of clubs are affiliated to the Association of Land Rover Clubs ALRC formerly known as the Association of Rover Clubs ARC the association applies its own vehicle regulations to all of its member clubs who have the opportunity to compete together at regional events and an annual national event with vehicles approved to the same standard.
In recent years some non-competitive clubs have dropped their affiliation fifth ALRC.
Land Rover owners were also early adopters of virtual clubs that are entirely based online. Also, an agreement was generated to allow other clubs to use the Land Rover green oval logo under licence. Inthe Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire club were the pilot licensees for the new agreement, who now benefit from a reciprocal arrangement where their own logo is trade marked  and owned by Land Rover and they can refer to themselves as a 'Land Rover Approved Club'.
Brand extensions Bicycles InLand Rover endorsed the production of a hand-made bicycle using its logo. Two more models immediately followed: In JuneLand Rover released a comprehensive 25 model range of bicycles. The three main ranges are the "Defender", the "Discovery", and the "Freelander", each with different attributes.Choose your market and language to explore Land Rover’s official website in your region.
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