January 6, 2001
Well-worn Land Rover debuts in L.A.
Most vehicles shown during auto shows are freshly painted, have no miles on the odometer and are free from the dents and dings of real-world use. Not so the Land Rover Discovery Series II TReK competition vehicle that its first-ever auto show appearance just six weeks after being put to the test in Land Rover TReK 2000, a rough and rugged four-wheel drive competition held in November at the Greenbrier, a luxury resort located in W.Va. Land Rover TReK is an annual competition that pits Land Rover retail personnel in a series of daylong off-road driving decathlons.
The Discovery Series II TReK, which will be on display for the duration of the 2001 Greater Los Angeles Auto Show, features the scars of Land Rover TReK 2000 and is one of only 15 such vehicles built for use used during the TReK event. Every Discovery Series II TReK, including the one shown in Los Angeles, was produced in Solihull, England by Land Rover Special Vehicles. All feature stock powertrains and suspension components that are similar to those built into every Land Rover Discovery Series II. Many components, including their strong, 4.0-liter V8 engines, permanent four-wheel drive systems, four-wheel electronic traction control and long-travel suspensions equipped with Land Rover’s Active Cornering Enhancement (ACE) and Self-Leveling Rear Suspension (SLS) systems, were essentially unmodified for competition.
The Discovery Series II TReK models are not completely stock, however. They were built with several additional components for the TReK 2000 event. The specification list includes special interior trim; a wraparound front brush bar; a distinct front bumper and grille; a front-mounted winch; four (4) Hella driving lamps and two (2) rear-mounted work lights. Also present are a rear-mounted ladder; and a full-length steel roof rack with a steel mesh platform; Rock Sliders for sill protection; a Hi Lift Jack mounted on the rear spare tire; upgraded front coil springs; rear lamp guards; rubber floor mats; and a cargo mat. The Discovery Series II TReK wears a striking Molten Orange and Black paint scheme and is shod with 245/75R-16 BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires.
Land Rover North America will use the Greater Los Angeles Auto Show to begin gauging public interest in a limited-production version of the Discovery Series II TReK. While details and pricing of such a model have not yet been finalized, Land Rover has determined that a consumer-directed Discovery Series II TReK would feature many of the items and options that were featured on the competition vehicle. The target on-sale date for the Land Rover Discovery Series II TReK is summer 2001.