Front Runner Land Rover
Looking at the perfectly posed image on this page, you might imagine that this is another custom build, simply meant to showcase what a company is capable of doing.
When more is, er, more
That’s not the case with this Defender 130. In this image it looks polished to perfection, as it was on the day it left the showroom floor. In reality though, this Land Rover was created to really take on any overland challenge.
Front Runner purchased it in 2017 and fitted it with a host of its kit but unlike so many marketing 4×4s, this one actually heads out into the world as a support vehicle. Most recently it travelled through Lesotho to support a motorcycle club.
We should all be so lucky to be supported like this on an overland expedition, as it features everything you might need to get a group of cars or motorcycles out of a spot of bother.
The base car came as standard with limited edition Africa Edition Land Rover mags, already fitted with mud terrain tyres.
Let’s start with the basics first: it’s equipped with a Slimline II roof rack, as well as another Slimline II tray mounted above a Securi-Lid load bin cover. The Securi-Lid had to be lifted slightly to leave enough room for some fridges. The load bin is equipped with a load bed cargo slide, to ease access into the Landy’s ‘bak’.
Mounted to the dual Slimlines, we find various front runner holders and brackets, including mounts for a gas bottle, recovery device, water tank and jerry cans.
Some luxury camping and baggage transport gear is mounted, too. This includes a 1.4m easy-out awning, a monsoon bag to keep your luggage dry, a stainless steel camp table and a host of Stratchits to keep everything in place.
Modifications to the styling include a new front bumper that fits neatly over the existing bumper. It’s meant to protect the light and radiator so it goes nicely with the head light protectors, tail light protectors and branch deflectors. A support vehicle is nothing if it can’t illuminate the road ahead but Front Runner saw to that by fitting Light Force LED spotlights.
The Land Rover’s interior also received some TLC, as befits a real-world overlander, with a set of Takla mats and seat covers being fitted. Selected from the ‘Signature’ series, these seat covers are not merely functional but they elevate the ambience of the interior as well.
Finally, as it will likely spend a lifetime pulling other cars out of a pickle, Front Runner equipped it with a Warn Winch.
Built as a platform to show off some kit, this Landy 130 can actually head off into the overland sunset. It really is more than the sum of its parts.
Main: Front Runner’s Landy 130 is ready to take on any overland challenge.