SOLIHULL-based Land Rover is to sponsor a team of wounded soldiers as they bid to overcome the challenges of their injuries and complete the most gruelling off-road race in the world. It will be the first entry into the Dakar Rally with an amputee driver and co-driver.
Land Rover’s sponsorship of the Race2Recovery project is designed to enable a 31-strong amateur rally team which includes seriously-wounded service personnel, to realise their ambition of completing the world-renowned rally in January 2013, while raising money for charities including Help for Heroes that support wounded soldiers in their recovery and rehabilitation.
The support includes the supply of Land Rover engines for use in the team’s race vehicles, Land Rover Discovery support vehicles, off-road driving training, a favourable spares and parts supply arrangement and financial support.
The four Qt Wildcat rally raid vehicles that Race2Recovery will enter in the Dakar Rally are based on the Land Rover Defender, sharing running gear and some external visual similarities.