Grenadier wins SUV category at 2024 Alcan 5000 rally

INEOS Automotive is celebrating its first rally win after claiming the Truck/SUV category at the 2024 Alcan 5000 Rally, with the Grenadier beating 16 other competitors in the 5000 mile, 10-day endurance event.

The unmodified vehicle was piloted by journalist Andy Lilienthal, and navigated by Mercedes Lilienthal. The duo, from Portland, Oregon, took part in the time-speed-distance (TSD) event, which sees competitors travel on public roads and trails.

This isn’t a race where the fastest team wins either, rather you need to follow specific routes at precisely prescribed rally-designated speeds. Teams with the closest time to their “perfect on-time” win their respective class.

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That means vehicles must perform well on and off-road to succeed. The event sweeps the far Northwest of the US and Canada, beginning in Kirkland, Washington State, crossing British Columbia, Canada, as well as above Alaska’s Artic Circle, and ending in Anchorage.

The last day of the event also coincides with Alaska’s famous Iditarod Race of mushers and their dog teams (which starts the day after the Alcan 5000 ends). The event features ice roads, ice slaloms, endurance tests and long 14-hour drive days.

“With temps as low as –32 degrees Fahrenheit (-35 Celcius), the INEOS Grenadier was a solid performer in every condition,” Andy Lilienthal said.

“Its suspension easily soaked up hundreds of miles of frost heaves and potholes, the turbocharged engine had plenty of power to get by slow traffic, and the interior was comfortable and versatile.”

Andy described the Grenadier as a champ in the deeper snows on the ice slalom competition, and the win as an amazing experience. The car itself is a combination of British design and German engineering.

The INEOS Grenadier 4X4 is a tough, go-anywhere off-road vehicle with a modern and comfortable interior and driving experience. Its backbone is a full box-section ladder frame chassis, with heavy-duty solid beam axles, and a two-speed transfer case.

Up to three locking differentials are available and power comes from a BMW 3.0-litre turbocharged inline six-cylinder petrol engine. Practical features include a 70:30 split rear door, integrated roof bars, and pre-wiring for auxiliary lamps and accessories.

You can even sit on the front bumper. An ‘open-source’ approach to accessories means owners can tailor the vehicle to their specific requirements. The interior features a functional layout with an abundance of physical switches.

A central infotainment touchscreen gives access to a range of information displays and settings menus. An overhead console provides controls and switches for off-road and auxiliary controls.

Hose-out rubber flooring, Recaro leather seats and numerous stowage options mean the Grenadier is can handle it all. The online configurator and full information on pricing, specification and the ordering process is available at www.ineosgrenadier.com

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