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Camel World  



17 months, 43 countries, and 2 vehicles

The Vehicle

The Camel is actually a genuine Camel Trophy Discovery (P244KAC), used in Mongolia in 1997. It came with an impressive list of equipment already installed.

Below is a comprehensive list of the specifications, and what was originally carried on board, courtesy of Martin Geveke. You should note that I bought mine without many of the accessories; I never intended to replicate the original kit list.

Overall length: 4714 mm, including winch and bull bar
Overall width: 2189 mm
Height: 2205mm, including roof rack and jerry cans
Wheelbase: 2540 mm
Track, front and rear: 1486 mm
Ground clearance: 205 mm ( unladen )
EEC kerb weight: 2100 kg ( without accessories )
Fuel tank capacity: 88,6 litres
Type: Intercooled, turbocharged direct-injection diesel engine with four cylinders in-line
Cubic Capacity: 2495 cc ( 152 cu in )
Bore: 90,47 mm ( 3,56 in )
Stroke: 97 mm ( 3,82 in )
Compression ratio: 19.5:1
Max. power ( DIN net ): 83 kW ( 111,3 bhp ) at 4,000 rpm
Max. torque: 265 Nm ( 195 lb ft ) at 1,800 rpm
Type: Four-wheel-drive
Gearbox: 10 forward, 2 reverse
Transfer ratios: High 1,214:1 / Low 3,308:1
Final drive ratio: 3,54:1
Clutch: Single 267 mm diameter, hydraulically operated dry plate (Borg & Beck)
Front: Live beam axle located by radius arm, panhard rod, telescophic Hydraulic dampers, single rated co springs
Rear: Live beam axle located by trailing links, A frame, telescopic hydraulic Dampers, heavy duty triple rate coil springs with additional helper Springs
Type: Worm and roller. Power assisted with a minimum turning radius of 6,32 m ( 3,375 turns from lock to lock )
Front: 298 mm dia. Solid discs, servo assisted
Rear: 298 mm dia. Solid discs, servo assisted
Wheels: 5.5" x 16"
Tires: 7.00 R 16 Michelin XZL radials
Additional Features:
External: Matt black bonnet
2 bonnet retaining clips
Bull bar incorporating 2 driving lamps and external winch control socket
8,500 lb electric winch
Sump guard
2 x 3.5 ton towing hitches on front bumper
Raised air intake pipe
Bush guard wire, bull bar to roof rack
Rear door mounted ladder to roof rack
Rear mounted spot lamp
Rear lamp guards 1 x 5 ton towning hitch on rear bumper
Fuel tank guard
Full length roof rack incorporating: Sand tracks
Felling axe
Pick axe
4 spot lamps
Stowage on roof for: 4 expedition cases
Additional spare wheel
Towing ropes
Exhaust jack
Internal: Full internal roll cage
Terratrip electronic trip meter
Vehicle speed monitor
Vehicle compass
Flexible map lamp
VHF radio
1 hand-held spot lamp
Hand-held winch control unit
2 fire extinguishers
Rear compartment dog guard
Stowage in rear of vehicle for: 2 x 22 liter water cans
2 x 22 liter fuel cans
2 waterproof aluminium food boxes
1 spare parts box
1 tool kit
4 expedition cases
Towing bar


Land Rover and Camel Trophy were partners for 18 years. The Discovery was the official Camel Trophy vehicle been from 1990 - 1997. In April 1999 LAND ROVER and WBI announced:

"The event has played a major role in sustaining the image of Land Rover as the manufacturer of the best 4 x 4 s in the world" (Marketing director Rover Group)

Most of the Cars were used for the national selection events after surviving the Camel trophy. After that they were sold to private enthusiasts.

About 450 Camel Trophy vehicles were built during these years. In Europe there are an number of Camel Trophy Clubs for those with an interest in the breed.

There are a large number of these Camel Discos still on the road.

There was a special edition of the Discovery in 1999. It was called "Camel Trophy Edition." It shares the same coachwork and decals as the competition vehicles, but that's about it. Good for fat balding businessmen and their wives who need something for the school run.

The special equipment for the Camel Trophy Discoverys was supplied by MANTEC, which still produces stuff for Land Rovers.

The new G4 Challenge vehicles are produced without many of the safety features that the CT vehicle included as standard. One such omission is the roll cage. This gives you a good idea of the sort of competition it is.