300Tdi Defender 110 LHD

This striking looking 300Tdi Defender 110 is a left hand drive and was built to be a new vehicle, from the ground up, using the 300tdi engine.

To turn this highly capable vehicle into a superb overland work horse this 100 has had the following items added.

  • Heavy duty bumper bar with bull bars, spot lights and a winch.
  • The roof rack holds a storage container, a roof tent and an extra spare wheel.
  • Also visible is the raised air intake for the engine.
  • The awning on the side adds comfort and shelter when setting up camp or dining in adverse weather conditions.

Overland 110 Defender Puma

This 110 Defender Puma is all set for its overland trip to Africa.

Aside from the usual additions like the bull bars, spot lights, raised air intake and roof rack, this 110 has a different style of side awning and also a unique style of roof tent.

Even today, with the hundreds of overland Land Rovers heading to Cape Town, it is still possible to stand out from the crowd.

110 Defender 300 Tdi Overland Vehicle

This Land Rover 110 Defender 300 Tdi was built to a customer’s specification ready for overland travel.

The vehicle has an extensive list of extras added, making it more capable, tougher and practical than the standard 110.

  • Bull bars
  • Winch
  • Aluminium chequer plate wing top protectors
  • Aluminium chequer plate bonnet protection
  • Aluminium chequer plate sill protection
  • Roll cage
  • Roof rack
  • Roof tent
  • Sand ladders
  • Raised air intake

Roof Racks

When you have too much equipment for the rear storage area of your vehicle or the things you want to store or carry are dirty and not suitable for the inside then there is a different solution, the roof rack.

Roof racks have been around for a long time and they are available for almost all vehicles. There are many different designs for the roof rack. The most basic design is a two bar set up which allows the user to carry long items such as surf boards, skis or long storage boxes. The larger more complex roof rack is a full length frame like structure with a mesh like or solid base running the full length of the vehicle, or even even extending over the bonnet.

The majority of roof racks fit to the vehicle via attachments to rails or grooves running along the roof or along side of the roof.

The main precautions when using a roof rack is that of proper security of the fittings and the issue of the load weight and distribution. A heavily laden roof rack will cause a large change in the vehicle’s centre of gravity thus making a roll over more likely. Also, a constant use of a heavily laden roof rack will cause damage to the roof rack and cause stress to the pillars of the vehicle. Weight distribution is also an important factor, even if the roof rack is loaded correctly the placement of the load will affect the handling and braking distances of the vehicle.

A solution to the stress to the vehicles pillars is addressed by one type of Land Rover roof rack. The roof rack uses struts on each corner which extend down to strong points on the body so as to help with weight distribution along the roof rails, or gutters on a Land Rover Defender.

Roll Cages

All vehicles made today are tested to extremely high levels before they are sold to the public, Land Rovers are no exception. But there are people out there and events happening that take the protection offered to the driver and passenger to the limits. When these limits are reached then extra protection, in case the vehicle is rolled, is required.

The roll cage is the term used for a frame like system, normally made from tubular steel, fitted to a vehicle to provide extra protection in the case of a roll over. Roll cages can be fitted inside or outside the vehicle.

Time when a roll cage might be used include the following –

  • high speed motor racing, track or rally events.
  • vehicles travelling at high speed over uneven terrain.
  • vehicles driving on slippery surfaces like gravel roads.
  • cars, trucks or off-road vehicles heavily loaded and possibly top heavy.

The Defender series of Land Rovers have a variety of roll cage versions. There is a simple interior cage that has two lateral bars over the passenger area. Next is complete protection to the front cabin with the front of the roll cage being external. You can also opt for a full body roll cage with protection all the way to the rear of the vehicle. These three examples for the Land Rover Defender are not the only models available, if you look into the world of extreme off-road driving then there are more options available, some quite complex.

An ingenious version of the roll cage is fitted to the new wave of convertible cars on the market. To look cooler the cars have no visible roll cage and all there is poking up from the body is the windshield. The actual roll cage, or roll hoop as it is known, is folded down in the rear of the car and it pops up when it is activated by a sensor in times of a roll over.