The Croxford Defender has been created by AVA, as an homage to Stuart Croxford, a former soldier. Stuart Croxford, a former Captain of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, was on his final tour of Afghanistan in 2012 when his vehicle triggered and detonated an improvised explosive device. He sustained severe injuries to his feet.
“Electric cars, they generate an emotion.
“Like the Tesla, it’s very quick, but it’s very like driving a laptop. It’s an amazing feat of engineering, but it is like driving a laptop.
“So, what we wanted to do with all the cars was just get back to that emotion.”
The Croxford Defender is one of just eight fully electric bespoke Land Rover Defenders AVA will build this year.
“Because of that we can do what is called a ‘tank turn’, so it can turn on its own axis and spin in circles.
“When we tried to distil the vehicle down, we looked at two words: Adventure and heroism.
“Our fascination with Stuart is that he is a hero in the quintessential style. He was injured in battle and in making the car we got to know Stuart.
“What we learnt from talking to him, it wasn’t actually what happened that day, because what happened that day, just happened. It was really what happened after.
“What we wanted to do with the vehicle is capture the sense of adventure in the Defender and the sense of adventure in Stuart.”
The AVA Croxford Defender and the AVA team will also accompany Stuart on one of his biggest challenges to date – cycling from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.
He will be raising funds for Blesma, a charity dedicated to supporting limbless veterans for life, where Stuart has been a trustee since 2020.