An example of the eagerly awaited new Land Rover Defender has made its public debut at this year’s Goodwood Festival of Speed as the Duke of Richmond officially opened the event by driving the 4×4 up the hillclimb course.
The vehicle will be making regular appearances on the same ribbon of tarmac over the course of this weekend in the appropriately-named First Glance category for cars that aren’t officially on sale in the UK yet.
The theme for 2019’s Festival of Speed is ‘Speed Kings, Motorsport Record Breakers’ and runs until this Sunday, July 7, tickets are still available for purchase from www.goodwood.com/motorsport/festival-of-speed/
The test vehicle, which is in the final stages of its global engineering development programme, is the modern-day version of Land Rover’s most enduring model – itself closely related to the original Land Rover of 1948.
The Duke of Richmond said: “Few vehicles in the world can claim to be an icon, but that’s the only way to describe the Land Rover Defender. It’s extremely close to my heart and a vehicle that I’ve had a close connection with over the decades, so to be able to open this year’s Festival of Speed by driving it up the Hill was a real privilege.”