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Landrover Defender 90 Tomb Raider Limited Edition - Drivelines

Posted in News on December 1, 2001
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Contributors: Wendy FrazierJack Raudy
Photographers: Jack Raudy

Land Rover's Defender 90
Tomb Raider
Obey only your sense of adventure and you've come very close to being an action-adventure superstar like Lara Croft-Tomb Raider. Lara Croft gets to plow through some movie magic-ed terrain in a special Defender 90 and so can you. Wild hearts can buy their very own Tomb Raider D90, as Land Rover will produce 250 Tomb Raider Limited Edition Defender 90 Station Wagons or Defender 110 Double Cabs.

"The Tomb Raider LEs will appeal to active drivers looking for a vehicle that delivers serious fun as well as off-road performance," managing director of Land Rover UK Mike Wright said.

The limited edition D110s will come exclusively in Bonatti gray, and have diamond-plate protection, a roof rack, alloy wheels, off-road spot lights, a rear step, rock sliders, and specially commissioned fabric seat covers. And that's just the fluff stuff. The real live action adventure comes with the burly Td5 turbodiesel with a high-pressure electronic injector system, traction control, four-pin locking differentials, coil-sprung suspension, and ventilated front disc brakes.

Other off-road appurtenances include a rollcage, a detachable winch with front and rear mounting points and in-board stowage, long-range fuel tanks, GPS, skidplates for the oil sump, differentials, a gearbox, a steering box, recovery hooks, an off-road recovery kit, and a fire extinguisher. We've just sold ourselves a D110! Too bad they will only be available in the UK. "God Save the Queen." The D90/D110 are priced between 22,995 and 23,995. You can check out the Tomb Raider LE at or call 800/FINE4WD for more info.

35th Sierra Trek
The yearly Sierra Trek, hosted by the California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs, drew hundreds of vehicles and nearly 1,500 attendees from throughout California and the western United States. The infamous trek is a four-day event that begins at a main campsite in a 600-acre meadow near Meadow Lake, about 25-miles north of Truckee, California. The campers, wheelers, and attendees run trails, like the Fordyce Creek Trail with scenic mountainscapes and challenging rockcrawling. Next year's event will be held in the High Sierras. You can contact C4WDC for more information about next year's event at 800/494-3866. -Jack Raudy

Coolest Reading Place Contest-December WinnersAs always here's your chance for fame. The simple rules are:
1. Take a recent copy of 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine with you when you go anywhere that relates in some way to either 'wheeling or reading the mag.

2. Take a photo of you, your family, or friends reading the mag in front of your cool place.

3. Write the names of the people in the photo, the location, and your home address and phone number on the back of the photo.

4. Attach information including your name and a caption including where you are, what's going on in the pic, and where you are from. Mail the photo and info to our office, 4WOR Cool Places Contest, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., L.A., CA 90048.

5. Each month the "coolest" (that means most creative, insane, or extra-ordinary) staff selected entry will be published in Drivelines and the winner will get an official 4-Wheel & Off-Road license plate cover. (Submissions will not be returned.)

6. Be creative, have a good time, and Good Luck!

Engine Technology Conference
How cool would it be to sit in on a conference involving some of the most respected names in motorsports like Corvette supercar builder John Lingenfelter, turbocharger authority Ken Duttweiller and Harley-Davidson expert Greg Rodriguez? The open forum that will take place this year on November 12-14 will bring engineers, engine builders, manufacturers, speed equipment dealers, and racers an opportunity to exchange information. Topics include electronic fuel injection and valvetrains, turbocharger technology, engine sealing, high-performance crankshafts, combustion analysis, and dyno test comparisons. If you would like to attend and need more info you can call SuperFlow Advanced Engine technology Conference at 800/471-7701 or visit

Campfire Talk
According to moneymakers at GM, the multi-billion dollar automotive aftermarket has what they want-business. New dealership customer-retention strategies include recapturing service business by selling custom accessories.

GM will build a 'cute/ute' to compete with the fusion of other competitors. Pioneer small utes Chevy Tracker and the Suzuki Vitara have continuously been outsold by the even smaller mini-mobiles. The Ford Escape, Honda CR-V, and Toyota RAV4 sold close to 182,000 in U.S sales during the first part of 2001.

Recalls in news. 216,000 '97-'01 Dodge Dakota, Ram, and Durango models have a potential problem with the driver-side airbag. Contact your local Dodge dealer if you own one of these vehicles.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has been studying the braking systems in fullsize '97-2000 GM pickups according to the Detroit Free Press. Vacuum brake boosters reportedly failed in 202 incidents, which caused the driver to lose the ability to stop. NHTSA is determining whether the incidents are cause for a forced recall of the pickup's brakes.

American Axle, builders of axles that happily sit under most GM products, will be building new digs in Detroit. The facility will open approximately 500 jobs in 2003.

You Know You're a Gearhead (or Off-Roader) When...
Once again our letters file was stuffed with hilarious reader witticism and satire. Here's what you all had to say:

*...You choose car seats based on the quality of their five-point harness. Cheryl Wilson by e-mail

*...when you start sleepwalking in the middle of the night, you head out to the garage, grab a torque wrench, and tighten every bolt on your truck.A.Parnazinni
by e-mail

* think Brakleen and a lighter makes a pretty cool insect killer.

*...If you've ever driven by the police station with open headers (and gassed it a little), just to say you've done it.

* can tell the brand of a tire by the way it sounds.

*'re always looking for different ways home from work, just in case there is an old 4x4 going to waste in someone's pasture.
Dustin Nolte
by e-mail

*...the local NAPA gives you wholesale prices due to the quantity of parts you purchase.

* testdrive a truck to see if the gear ratio of the new six speeds would work better than the NV4500 you just installed.
Greg Hiens
by e-mail

Shoot My Truck Please
Not like that. We mean take photos of your rig. Everyone dreams about it, so here's exactly how to get photos of your truck in 4-Wheel & Off-Road. There are two trails you can take. If you want to try to score a full-blown feature, send photos of your pride and joy and a convincing letter to Shoot My Truck Please, 4-Wheel & Off-Road, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. We'll need to see photos showing off the exterior, interior, underhood, and any other interesting parts of your 4x4.

If Readers' Rides is more you, please fill out the Readers' Rides form and mail it in along with a clear photo of your vehicle attention Readers' Rides.

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A Day in the Life...
Lunch Bunch Topics-Delusional Ramblings
*Kick the Cockroach-"A game of suspense and intrigue." "Hey everybody canplay!"
*The terminal velocity of a penny dropped from a tall building
*Concealed weapons permits
*Looking down from a 10-story window at the vehicles in the parking lot
*John Cappa, editor of Jp magazine, and a French maid costume.
*A white van plowing through some bushes then bursting into flames.
*How to order a fish taco in Hillbilly

Political & Environmental Beat
Info on Pismo AKA The Oceano Dunes
The Endangered Species Act was created by the people of the United States in 1973 to keep animals from becoming extinct. The act is seriously flawed because it failed to take into account the needs of the most important animal: Humans.

I used to pay little attention to stories such as the farmer in the San Joaquin Valley who was prevented from farming his land because of the Kangaroo Rat. I thought is was pretty funny when a proposed hospital site in San Bernardino was waylaid due to the presence of just eight single Delhi Sands flies. Now that $3,310,199 has been spent by that city to fight the extreme environmentalists and to make changes to their designs, I don't think it's very funny any more.

When the popular Southern California dune riding spot at Glamis had one-third of its area fenced off because of a weed called Pierson's Milk Vetch, I didn't get involved because I don't ride there. By this time, I should have seen it coming and done something. Shame on me!

The horror of the Endangered Species Act didn't hit me until the stories of impending closure of my favorite multi-use park, the Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, started to surface. Now, as more information surfaces, it is becoming apparent that the ESA is far too drastic in its protection of plants, animals, and insects, because it does not take into account the affect of how its power is being used to restrict and/or eliminate things that are beneficial to people, such as recreation, flood control, and well thought out construction projects.

Lately, we have seen Santa Maria's long-planned airport business park delayed because it's a possible habitat for Tiger Salamanders, and a nasty algae bloom in Pismo is allowed to fester while the local government is tied up with permits to just open the stream to the ocean, which common sense and past experience tells us should not bother the stream or its inhabitants in the slightest.

Now, I wish I had done more earlier to fight the draconian implementation of the ESA by government agencies and extreme environmental groups. But, there is hope on the horizon for the silent majority of citizens who are in favor of moderation in the laws that govern us. A group called the National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition has begun the battle to try to put some sensibility into this totally misused set of laws that choke off all common sense in the management of our country's lands. The NESARC can be visited on the web at

The time is now to put a stop to the non-sensical approach to land management currently in place. People need to be our first priority in land management. If we don't do something now, Grover Beach mayor Rich Neufeld's prophecy will come true: Pretty soon kids with pails and shovels will have to get permits when they visit the beach. They can't even fly a kite from Grand Avenue southward right now because of the ESA! When will the madness stop?

For more information on anything Oceano check out or call Friends of the Oceano Dunes at 800/42-CORVA x 215.-Gerard Forgnone

Friends of the Oceano Dunes

Calendar of Events
Organizing a 4x4 or off-road event? If you are, we'd like to know. Send the info, including who's putting it together and a contact phone number to or to 4-Wheel & Off-Road, Drivelines Calendar, 6420 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90048. Remember that we do need the details like where it's going to be, when it's going to happen, what kind of event it is (trail ride, mud run, show, or anything else involving fun and four-wheeling) and a name/number for a person who can give us more info.

Nov. 8-11 SCORE Racing Baja 1000, Baja, Mexico. Information: 818/225-8402,

Nov. 9-11 Warn National Rock Crawling Championship, Las Cruces, NM. Information: 800/556-2801,

Nov. 9-11 Military Battle of Big Ben, Terlingua, TX. Information: 800/556-2801.

Nov. 9-11 Panamint Valley Days, Ridgecrest, CA. Information: 800/494-3866,

Nov. 9-11 Desert Splash, AZ. Information: 520/258-4294.

Nov. 10 Back Country Cruizers, Hurricane, UT. Information: 435/635-0165.

Nov. 10-116th Annual Desert Splash, Parker, AZ. Information: 929/669-6104.

Nov. 17-18 Sons of Thunder 4 Wheelers, Rock House Canyon, CA. Information: 949/830-8254.

Nov. 23-25 Ramsey Rocks Poteau, Poteau, OK. Information: 800/556-2801,

Nov. 23-25 Thanksgiving Weekend at Glamis, Imperial Sand Dunes, Brawley, CA. Information:

Nov. 25-Dec. 5 Rainforest Challenge of Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Information: 0-11-603-7660-2211, e-mail

Nov. 30-Dec. 2 Best in the Desert Races, Las Vegas, NV. Information: 702/457-5775.

Dec. 2 West Coast 4WD Club Toys for Tots Run, Orange, CA. Information: 714/637-9076.

Dec. 8-9 Sons of Thunder 4 Wheelers Mexico Outreach Run for the Border, Mexico. Information: 949/830-8254.

Dec. 31Fudpucker Racing New Year's Dunaway Dash, Plaster City West, CA. Information: 619/427-5759.

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