Former motorbike racing world champion Carl Fogarty has collected the keys to his new Isuzu D-Max XTR from Walton Summit Truck Centre in Lancashire. Featuring a custom designed body kit, a sophisticated and sporty interior, performance brakes and a bespoke Pedders suspension arrangement, the XTR is the perfect fit for the adrenaline-filled petrolhead.

Renowned for his high corner speed riding style, Carl raced to victory on 59 occasions in the World Superbike Championships – picking up four world titles in the process – making him one of the most decorated riders of all-time. With its energetic appearance and enhanced off-road capabilities, the Isuzu D-Max XTR complements Carl’s action-packed lifestyle.

In terms of performance, XTR is equipped with a bespoke Pedders suspension and brake system making it extremely comfortable on the road and capable in the extreme off-road. Vented and slotted front brake discs offer excellent heat dissipation and work in combination with the Kevlar ceramic front brake pads for remarkable braking performance. The 17-inch satin black alloy wheels have a heavy duty, rigid design and are fitted with Pirelli Scorpion All-Terrain Plus tyres that provide traction in challenging conditions.

XTR offers substantial kerb appeal with a dramatic front bumper guard, bonnet protector and headlight frames. Imposing wheel arch extensions contribute to XTR’s assertive stance and the angular bar framework on the XTR side steps are designed to prevent rocks and stones damaging the bodywork. To personalise his truck, Carl has chosen an optional XTR Style Pack, consisting of Black Mountain Top Roller Cover, Black Sports Bars and Black Roof Bars.

Inside the cab, Carl will be travelling in style as the D-shaped sports steering wheel and XTR heated front sports seats are trimmed in leather and suede with contrast green overstitching. The interior of this six-speed automatic XTR is packed with convenient equipment, including a 7-inch Multifunction Colour Touchscreen, Bluetooth, Front & Rear USB Ports and a Reversing Camera. For even more visibility, Carl has also opted for a Front Camera.

Carl collected his XTR from the family-run Walton Summit Truck Centre near Preston in Lancashire. Many Isuzu customers are key workers so Walton Summit’s workshop has remained open to provide maintenance and repairs for essential services during lockdown. They’re continuing to implement social distancing and enhanced hygiene practices now their sales showroom has re-opened, including regular sanitisation of surfaces and vehicles, the provision of protective equipment and the removal of non-essential items like magazines in the waiting room.

They have a new vehicle handover procedure designed to protect the health and wellbeing of customers which meant that Carl’s collection appointment was scheduled in advance. He was asked to wash his hands upon arrival and maintain a safe 2 metre distance at all times. Once Carl signed the paperwork using his own pen, he was presented with a tray containing the disinfected keys to his new Isuzu D-Max XTR.

Carl Fogarty remarked: “I love anything with an engine and I live for the outdoors, so the XTR suits me down to the ground. It’s got real character and stands out from a crowd, which is great in an age where cars are increasingly looking the same. Can’t wait to take it off-road!”

Nigel Perplus, Commercial Director at Walton Summit Truck Centre added: “Foggy is a motorcycle racing legend so XTR is clearly the perfect truck for him. We want him to focus on enjoying his new pick-up so we’ve worked very hard to put procedures in place that ensure a safe handover environment at Walton Summit because our top priority is the protection of our staff and customers.”

William Brown, Managing Director at Isuzu UK, commented: “Having a world champion superbike rider choose the XTR speaks volumes. It has been engineered to the highest standards and has been built with true motoring enthusiasts like Carl in mind.”

The Isuzu D-Max XTR sits alongside the Blade and Arctic Trucks AT35 in the ‘Adventure’ range, and an XTR ‘Colour Edition’ upgrade was added in June. All Isuzu D-Max models achieve the Euro 6 emission standard without the need for AdBlue, are covered by a 125,000 mile / 5-year warranty (whichever comes first) and 5-year roadside assistance in the UK and across Europe.

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