Same SUV, Different Day?

Kahn’t Resist

McDonald Land Rover Kahn Range Rover Sport

The face of footballers’ cars to come…

Picture courtesy of Autocar

It seems as if Jaguar Land Rover is girding its loins for a revamping of the stock. The image above is apparently the official teaser for Kahn Design’s new carbon fibre body kit for the new Range Rover Sport, which has been shod in brushed aluminium 23 inch rims and painted Bright Orange.

Tasteful.

There are plenty of Range Rover Owner’s Rides to compete, thankfully not often in Bright Orange, but seldom are there any finished to the degree of attention Kahn manage.

Apart from the Brabus one, perhaps…

Brabus A Bargain

McDonald Landrover Brabus Startech Range Rover Sport

Fly me to the moon, let me play among the Startechs…

Picture courtesy of Autoblog

If you have enough money for a Range Rover Sport, why wouldn’t you have enough to give it a boob job?

The company in question ins Brabus, who have a long history of pimping hugely over-weight V8-powered Merceded Benz corporate cruisers, have taken their nom-de-plume, Startech, and applied it to to Gaydon’s fastest Chelsea Tractor.

With the 3 litre V6 win-turbo diesel coaxed to give 323 bhp and 501 lb-ft, you can now hurtle that little bit faster to 62 euro-meddled miles per hour in just under 7 seconds, improved from just over 7 seconds, looking just fabulous.

Putting the Free in Freelander

McDonald LAnd Rover Freelander Face Lift

And whilst you’re at Waitrose, can you get me some strawberries?

Picture courtesy of carguide.com.au

And it’s not just the Range Rover Sport getting kissed by the bling fairy.

Land Rover’s Freelander is due for a makeover too, as it moves from its current home to become part of the Discovery leisure-orientated family. Design hints from the up-coming Brand New Discovery will likely be matched by improved emissions and fuel economy from the mechanicals of the Evoque, and overall it will probably be just as good offroad and on as the current version, but more prettier for shopping in Chelsea, innit?.

Orange or Teracotta?

McDonald Landrover Orange Evoque Autobiography

Evoques now available in Bright Orange Autobiography trim

Picture courtesy of Autoblog

Talking of Evoque, the baby Rangey is also to benefit from the Autobiography limited edition signature, with a list of interior and exterior upgrades to add refinement and luxury.

For those who like a little bang with their bling, there will also be the Land Rover Range Rover Autobiography Dynamique. Lifting the output from 245 to 285 bhp, engineers have also breathed on the suspension and gearbox making things firmer, tauter and more responsive.

Heroes A Plenty!

McDonald Land Rover Land Rover Discovery Challenge

Mad as a hatter, and wouldn’t you love to buy him a pint?

The demise of the Land Rover G-series challenges has been covered here before, but there’s good news!

(Yay!)

A list of worthies are to pit themselves against each other, the weather, the climate and Land Rover’s finest ever Discovery.

Jaguar Land Rover News Room:

  • Land Rover Discovery celebrates 25 years with first of its kind adventure challenge
  • The world’s most acclaimed explorers, including Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Hannah White, Kenton Cool and Eric Loizeau compete against each other for the first time ever
  • The experienced explorers team with up-and-coming adventurers in their bid to be crowned Land Rover’s ‘Next Generation Explorer’

On Sunday 2nd March, Land Rover will bring together four of the world’s greatest explorers for an epic mountain adventure. For the first time ever, they will compete against each other as they take part in the search for Land Rover’s Next Generation Explorer in the Discovery Adventure Challenge. Marking 25years of the Land Rover Discovery, the celebrated explorers will mentor four promising, young adventurers as they compete in the grueling six-part challenge.

Against a backdrop of snow and mountains in Megève France, The Discovery Adventure Challenge will push competitors to the limit over 24 hours of tense, testing tasks. Ben Saunders, who, with partner Tarka L’Herpiniere, recently became the first man ever to complete Scott’s notorious Terra Nova Expedition, will compere the competition, whilst Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Hannah White, Kenton Cool and Eric Loizeau will get fiercely competitive as they go head to head in the challenges.

The seasoned explorers will be paired with rising adventurer stars from the British Exploring Society, who they will mentor through the physically and mentally demanding tasks. Hannah Wright (aged 21), Cameron Mackay (aged 18), Alex Woodford (aged 22) and Tim Davies (aged 22) will rotate amongst the Ambassadors as they battle it out for the title of ‘Next Generation Explorer’. The decision lies with the Global Ambassadors who will cast votes for whom they think deserves the title. The winner will be announced Monday 3rd March.

The challenges:

  1. Two Land Rover Discovery XXVs compete side-by-side through a slalom course down the slope. Two tense heats, one final.
  2. Precision and speed will be tested in the vehicle Biathlon: one team member will drive a Land Rover Discovery XXV around a purpose built course, whilst the other plays marksman, shooting a laser gun at a variety of challenging targets.
  3. Physical stamina will be put to the test in this grueling task: pulling one of Ben Saunders’s sleds in a race against time.
  4. As night falls the contestants will be tasked with creating a fire from scratch and digging their own snow holes to sleep in. Points will be awarded for fastest build and warmest hole.
  5. The grand finale will be an all-out boat race across Lake Geneva.

Jaguar Land Rover Global Brand Experience Director Mark Cameron said, “The Land Rover Discovery has been supporting and inspiring adventurers and adventures since 1989, therefore it’s very fitting to celebrate our 25th anniversary with the Discovery Adventure Challenge and a search for the Next Generation Explorer. We are delighted to be partnering with the British Exploring Society for this search and look forward to supporting the winner in their pursuit of becoming an established explorer.”

If you need anything serviced before crossing the Apennines, or if you really, really want something also painted Bright Orange, check us out online at http://www.mcdonaldlandrover.co.uk

This article was written by Rupert Astbury.

If It Ain’t Broke…

McDonald Landrover Milner 4X4 Evoque

From Posh Spice to Jalapeno, this Evoque is seriously hot.

Picture courtesy of Milner 4X4

Matlock’s KITT Car

Matlock’s own Milner 4X4 have decided that what the Range Rover Evoque really needs is a 5.0l Supercharged V8 pumping out a reliable 550bhp.

And we commend them for this. We’d love to have a go, and are wondering what kind of Ponzi scheme it takes to pay for the petrol…

According to Milner:

New for 2013, the Milner LRM-1 is the latest thoroughbred to emerge from our stables. It draws from the knowledge gained over 30 years of cross country racing.

Using parts and technologies from some of the best brands in motorsport, the Milner LRM-1 is capable of competing at the highest level from the outset as all of the development has been carried out over the last 2 years in our own ‘works’ test car.

The LRM-1 has a full space frame chassis with double wishbone, fully independent suspension, clad in a composite body shell scaled to 4/5 the size of a road going Evoque.
It is still instantly recognisable as one of the most exciting looking cars to be launched in the UK for a long time.

The first production car benefits from the latest Land Rover 5.0 V8 supercharged engine producing in excess of 550BHP and 680Nm of torque. The transmission is a 6spd sequential gear box driving a Milner transfer box and Milner differentials with Quaife centres throughout.

The Milner LRM-1 is available to customers as a turn-key car or as a rolling kit with a choice of power plants and transmission packages.

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Diagnostics R Us

Bearmach Hawkeye Pro

Bearmach’s Hawkeye Pro – available at http://www.mcdonaldlandrover.co.uk

Once upon a time the technology invested in cars moved most rapidly in their manufacture. Everyone knows about the production line and Henry Ford, and the search for faster and better production methods.

Oh how times have changed. Your Freelander, Defender, Evoque, Discovery or Range Rover will have in it more computers than you can shake a soldering iron at.

Since Volkswagen first introduced fuel injection in a mass-produced car, the Type 3, computers around the world have made a bid for freedom and colonised your car.

In case they go wrong, workshops and garages across the world have been buying more computers to talk to your car’s computer.

It doesn’t get any easier to explain when you look at the profusion of gadgetry in the cabin, as we sit in sumptuous comfort afforded by programmable adjustable seats, multi-zone air conditioning and heating, on board GPS and computerised vehicle settings, adjustable gearboxes and suspension and engine power and aerodynamic aids; the list goes on and on.

We’re happy with the Bearmach Hawkeye, Hawkeye Pro, Britpart Lynx and IID Tool home and workshop diagnostic computers we’re stocking.

So happy that we bought a Hawkeye Pro for the workshop. It doesn’t get more real than that.

Seek out our website for further details.

www.mcdonaldlandrover.co.uk or see me on Google+

This article was written by Rupert Astbury

Land Rover Goes Large

McDonald Land Rover

Land Rover‘s New Expansion Tank

Jaguar Land Rover are proving that bigger is better with an expansionist policy likely to see world-wide demand matched by world-wide production:

VEHICLE manufacturer Jaguar Land Rover has confirmed to sources in India that it is looking at the possibility of setting up a new manufacturing facility in Brazil.

No details of the scheme have been officially released but Phil Popham, JLR’s Director – Group Sales Operations, is quoted in the Indian media as saying the company is already holding talks with the Brazilian authorities.

Such a move would mark a further expansion of the JLR brand on a global stage. The Indian-owned company already assembles UK-made knock-down kits for the Land Rover Freelander and Jaguar XF at a plant in Pune in India, while it is currently developing a new factory in China in a joint venture agreement with domestic manufacturer, Chery.

www.thebusinessdesk.com

With the production of over 300,000 vehicles, the Jaguar Land Rover group is undoubtedly a contender on the world stage, but with 80% of sales taking place overseas, they are truly a world brand;

JLR has been self-financing since Tata took the wheel. The red ink has disappeared with pre-tax profits last year almost touching £1.7bn from revenues close to £16bn.

Around 9,000 jobs have been created in the three British plants, including 1,700 announced last week. Another 24,000 jobs could be added to a supply chain now enjoying the fruits of JLR’s success.

Controversially perhaps for purists of this very ‘British’ brand, a joint venture with Chery Automobile will see JLR vehicles assembled in China, the group’s most important market. Saudi Arabia is next on the overseas assembly list while JLR is pumping almost £2.75bn into group research and new products this year.

www.telegraph.co.uk

Not only does Tata have money to spend on the future of JLR, it’s also intent on speculating on the future of engineering;

Jaguar Land Rover is set to invest almost £100m in a National Automotive Innovation Campus at the University of Warwick.

Due to open in 2016, the NAIC will focus on developing tech such as electric vehicles and semi-autonomous cars.

The new facility is a joint project between Jaguar Land Rover, Tata Motors European Technical Centre, Warwick Manufacturing Group and the UK Government’s Higher Education Funding Council. Construction will begin in September 2014, with the finished centre aiming to bring together around 1,000 academics and engineers.

This comes with a promise of serious money for the development of Hybrid Technology on an Evoque platform;

Jaguar Land Rover has announced a £16.3 million collaborative research project, called Evoque_e, which will see the design, development and production of three new hybrid and electric powertrains based on the Range Rover Evoque platform.

Starting in October, the development of the three powertrains will include mild hybrid electric vehicle (MHEV), a Plug-In Hybrid (PHEV) and a full Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV).

www.autoexpress.co.uk

With the current Range Rover Hybrid looking to cost almost £100,000 it may be a while before your correspondent can offer a personal long-term review, but hope springs eternal.

This article was written by Rupert Astbury