G4 Chal­lenge

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Land Rover’s long as­so­ci­a­tion with the Camel Tro­phy ended in 1998 due to the com­pany’s fears about its en­vi­ron­men­tal im­pact and its as­so­ci­a­tion with tobacco sales. But Land Rover’s in­com­ing Ford man­agers were de­ter­mined to cre­ate the com­pany’s own com­pe­ti­tion.

This emerged in

2002 as the Land Rover G4 Chal­lenge, with the first event tak­ing place in 2003. De­signed to be di­verse in both the com­pet­i­tive tasks faced by the teams and the ter­rain cov­ered, it in­cluded four legs on four con­ti­nents. Disco 2s were used on the fi­nal leg from Moab to Las Ve­gas. The event was won by Bel­gian fighter pi­lot Rudi Thoe­len, who re­jected the Range Rover prize in favour of a pair of De­fend­ers. Like the other G4 ve­hi­cles, the Dis­cov­ery 2s were fin­ished in the G4’s dis­tinc­tive trade­mark Tang­iers Orange and equipped with a va­ri­ety of ex­pe­di­tion equip­ment in­clud­ing a winch, roof rack, sup­ple­men­tary light­ing, lamp guards and load space guard.

As Amer­i­can-spec­i­fi­ca­tion ve­hi­cles, they were pow­ered by the 4.6-litre ver­sion of the V8. A G4 Edi­tion re­splen­dent in Tang­iers Orange was of­fered by the com­pany, though it could also be had with slightly more sober Bor­rego Yel­low, Java Black or Zam­bezi Sil­ver. The G4 Own­ers’ Club con­tin­ues to thrive.

The D2’s im­pres­sive ar­tic­u­la­tion was put to good use on its 2003 G4 out­ing. A moun­tain bike and kayak – both needed in the event – were stowed on the roof rack.

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