Mud, rocks and robots: The Land Rover Experience and factory tour

id=”article-body” class=”row” section=”article-body”> Geoffrey Morrison/CNET “OK, so we’re going to create that bow wave we spoke about earlier,” my instructor, Dave, tells me as I stare at the muddy pool beyond the hood. “When we go into the water, nice and positive on the accelerator.” I’ve never driven through deep water before. For that matter, before today, I’ve never driven off road. But here I am, at the wheel of the iconic Land [just click the next document] Rover Defender, on the “wrong” side, about to try to not water-lock the engine, get us stuck, drown us, or since I’m recording the whole thing, make a fool of myself.

Of course, none of that happens. I’m safely thousands of miles away from any jungle, deep in the heart of England. In fact, I’m in the middle of the Land Rover factory in Solihull. The Jungle Track is a manufactured off-road test course for trucks and drivers, one of several on the 308-acre property.

As a recent buyer of a Land Rover (an ’88 Classic), I headed here to see the factory where it was built. Or at least, the new factory that stands in its place nearly 30 years later. I ended up adding an off-road drive to my visit, and I’m glad I did, despite the cost.

Here’s how it went, mud and all.

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