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Land Rover partners with LEGO for new Defender Technic vehicle

Land Rover has partnered with LEGO to create a Defender Technica vehicle.

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If the full-size Land Rover Defender isn't in your budget, perhaps this pint-sized model is. Developed in partnership with Land Rover, LEGO will be selling a 2.573-piece model of the reborn SUV starting October 1.

The LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender isn't just shelf-worthy. It has realistic elements and functions including body panels and rims, four-wheel drive with three differentials, a fully independent suspension, winch, and a gearbox.

The new LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender is an automotive icon you can build at home. Developed in partnership with Land Rover and launched alongside the New Defender at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2,573-piece model combines the creativity of LEGO with New Defender's instantly recognizable silhouette and capability.

 LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender

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LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender

"With every LEGO element, children can build anything they can imagine. I'm very excited about this new model – a truly impressive job done by our LEGO Group designers," said Niels Henrik Horsted, marketing director, LEGO Group. "Together with Land Rover, we've blended elements, design and innovative engineering into a set that shows the boundless creativity of LEGO play, and that with LEGO Technic you can build for real."

The LEGO Technic Defender will be available to buy online beginning October 1.

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The Lexus J201 Concept will be put to the test in the Rebelle Rally this year.

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It's lifted. It's blacked out. And it's ready to hit the trail (and beyond). Meet the Lexus J201 Concept, a LX 570-based concept car that's the result of a partnership between Expedition Overland and Lexus. It's basically the LX 570 on off-roading steroids.

The concept model takes its roots in the off-roading community, a community that is known more for their acquisition of the LX's little brother, the GX, than the LX itself.

The concept didn't happen upon its name by some random luck of the draw. It takes its moniker from the code for the Lexus LX platform: URJ201. That's the same platform the Toyota Land Cruiser uses, however, the LX is rarely thought of as being as capable as the Land Cruiser.

Lexus J201 Concept

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With the design of the J201, Lexus and Expedition Overland strived to make a model that is both tasteful and capable. The concept had to be "always on" and ready to take on terrain in a better way than the standard LX. It also needed to be human-focused.

At the front is a CBI off-road bumper, Warn Zeon 10-S winch, and a 30-inch Rigid Industries RDS SR-Series Pro light bar. The rig rides on 17-inch x 8-inch EVO Corse DakarZero wheels wrapped in General Grabber X3 tires. It has drilled front and rear rotors, Super Sport performance brake pads, and color-matched calipers from StopTech.

The drivetrain has been improved by the addition of a Magnuson supercharger that helps the SUV deliver 550 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque. It has front and rear performance differentials and ARB air lockers. A TJM Airtec Snorkel helps with air flow. There's also an ARB high performance twin on-board compressor that is mounted using a Slee Off-Road system.

CBI Offroad rock sliders and skid plates protect the underside of the J201, which includes an Icon Vehicle Dynamics upgraded suspension. With the new suspension, the LX 570 has received a 2-inch front lift and a 1-inch rear lift in Normal Mode. With four settings, the suspension can provide up to 4.8 inches of lift at the front and 4.1 inches in the rear.

On top os a Prinsu Design roof rack system and a 40-inch Rigid Industries SR Series Spot Midnight light bar.

The rear of the car features a CBI Offroad rear bumper system with a rear ladder, dual swing-outs, spare tire, and Baja Designs S2 Sport lighting. Sceptor 5-gallon water can complete the exterior enhancements.

On the roof console there's a new ARB Line accessory interface to digitally control lighting, air lockers, and the compressor, as well as monitor the status of the battery and angle of the model.

Goose Gear drawer models are in the cargo area an house the car's Warn Epic Recovery Kit. Zero Halliburton has provided Pursuit Aluminum travel cases.

The J201 Concept will be put to the test by defending Rebelle Rally champions, Rachelle Croft and Taylor Pawley of The X Elles as part of the 2020 Rebelle Rally.

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Nissan is adding new NISMO accessories to its parts catalogue.

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NISMO Performance is usually associated with high-performance Nissan cars, like the GT-R. The automaker has announced a new lineup of NISMO performance parts exclusively for the 2020 Nissan Frontier that will enhance the truck's off-road prowess.

The parts list includes a new suspension kit, off-road bumper, off-road lighting, and off-road wheels. The NISMO off-road Performance Suspension Kit was developed in partnership with Bilstein and is specifically tuned to compensate for the additional weight larger overloading equipment such as camping gear and off-road tires, can add to a vehicle. The suspension's front and rear shocks allow for additional wheel travel while the rear shocks feature remote reservoir technology. It adds up to a 2-inch lift to the model's ride height.

2020 Nissan Frontier NISMO off-road The new bumper is winch-capable.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The NISMO off-road Bumper is the first in a series of new off-road bumpers for Nissan trucks and SUVs. It's constructed of high-tensile steel and finished with a textured powered coat. It weighs just 105 pounds and features two attachment points for recovery shackles and accommodation for lights. The bumper is designed to be winch-capable.

A new line of LED off-road lighting has been designed in partnership with Rigid Industries. The NISMO off-road Lighting range will include a selection of round and square pot lamps and a variety of sizes of light bars with varying beam patterns. Initial housing will be set of 6-inch round driving lamps set in aluminum housings with white accent backlighting and an output of 8,600 lumens.

NISMO off-road wheels as custom designed and manufactured for NISMO. They're 17-inchers with a 6x114.3 bolt pattern and +30mm of backspacing. Their load rate is 1,950 pounds, which is above OEM spec. The wheels are finished in Axis Gray paint and have a NISMO center cap. They're designed and tested to SAE J2530 standards.

2020 Nissan Frontier NISMO off-road wheel The new wheels measure 17-inches.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

NISMO off-road parts will be available for the 2005-2020 model year Frontier, 2016-2021 model year TITAN and 2005-2015 model year Xterra later this fall, and will also be offered on the forthcoming, next-generation Frontier. Products will be available through Nissan dealers, select NISMO retailers or via NISMOparts.nissanusa.com.

2020 Nissan Frontier NISMO off-road wild grace Team Wild Grace will pilot the Frontier in the Rebelle Rally.Photo courtesy of Nissan North America

The parts will first be tried out publicly at the Rebelle Rally this week. Nissan is fielding a truck piloted by Team Wild Grace. Team co-captains Sedona Blinson and Lyn Woodward have their sights set on first place. "We've taken the 2020 Frontier on a couple of trial runs, and it's been an absolute rock star," said Woodward. "I'm very excited about the extra power in the V6 – it's a solid truck, and that's what you need to compete out here. Our first goal is to always compete hard, but I don't see any reason why Sedona and I can't win it all this year."

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