September 29, 2011

800mm of wading AND a factory snorkel

A Land Rover Defender can only wade in 500mm of water due to the stupid placement of its air intake. Some can wade at 700mm; few can manage 800mm. But there’s more, in the form of an optional factory snorkel. This wasn’t something worked up by Safari or Airflow, but designed in Ford’s offices as part of the overall project. It’s said to blend unobtrusively with the A pillar and not create a blind spot. And you don’t have to chop into the sheetmetal, simply unbolt the side fender grille, as Ford calls that piece of decoration between the wheel arch and door (see photo), and bolt-on the snorkel. Unfortunately none was shown at the launch, otherwise there would be a photo here.

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