Land Rover will be tested once again at the world's foremost 4x4 off-road competition, the Rainforest Challenge (RFC) of Malaysia on December 4-13, 2010 in Johor, Malaysia. Started in 1997, the Rainforest Challenge, described as the Formula One of off-road racing, is a ten-day adventure event set in the treacherous rainforests of Malaysia, where man and machine test their power and determination in extreme conditions.
LRPhils Motors, Inc., the first automotive distributor to support a competitor team in an international off-road race, will provide a Land Rover Defender 90 for Team Land Rover Philippines.
Considered the toughest in the Land Rover range, the Defender 90 has a permanent four-wheel drive with the center differential distributing torque evenly between front and rear axles to give optimum all-weather performance on and off-road. With its independent coil spring suspension, it provides excellent axle articulation to maintain wheel-to-ground contact. The vehicle makes full use of the power and torque of its 2.4L Diesel engine even in the most extreme surfaces.
"The Defender 90 outlasted other off-road vehicles in last year's competition in Johor Bahru, helping Team Land Rover Philippines earn three top awards including First Runner-up in the above 3,000 cc category," said Wellington Soong, chairman and president of LRPhils Motors Inc.
Team Land Rover Philippines was composed of driver Hilario "Larry" Mendiola, co-driver Sergio "Atoy" Jamila III, RFC Representative Philippines Robby Consunji, and sponsor Marc Soong.
"We are very proud of our team who also collected three awards in last year's China-Sanya International RFC and another two in the recent RFC also in China," added Soong.
RFC founder and creator Luis J.A. Wee is also in town to lend support to Team Land Rover Philippines in their preparation for the event and for exploratory talks with Land Rover Philippines (LRPhils) Motors, Inc. and other prospective partners for the first-ever international invitational Rainforest Challenge in the country.
The RFC in Malaysia is the world's most internationally-represented 4x4 off-road competition, with participants and media from over 30 countries joining the event every year.