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.

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Land Rover Pics And Flicks

McDonald Land Rover Land Rover Video

Driving skills from the 1970s

Capturing Landies On Film

One of the foremost influences on modern media is the attraction of nostalgia.

You don’t have to create new material, just find black and white footage of Lowry-like figues moving jerkily through faintly familiar tasks, unencumbered by mobile phones, tablets, pads, pods or (most notably) traffic.

So what are your favourite nostalgia sites and sounds for the world’s best off-road brand?

This is what we’ve found:

McDonald Land Rover Dunsfold Collection Forrest Rover

The Dunsfold Collection’s Forrest Rover

Picture courtesy of The Dunsfold Collection

The Dunsfold Collection.

The Collection started life in 1993, as a progression of a private collection started in 1968 by Brian Bashall and continued today by one of his sons, Philip. The vehicle that started it all was a 1962 ex-military 109-inch APGP wader, after that the collection gradually grew larger.

The Dunsfold Collection’s website is a tour de force of simple, effective website design. It’s all there for you, and it’s easy to get to, too!.

Possibly the best collection of photos of Land Rovers in one place, the breadth of collected models is as impressive as the open access to them. From the mechanically beautiful Forrest Rover above to the bling-tastic ‘goldbrick’ Defender, there’s something for everyone.

As the collection was opened to the public to provide the necessary support, their Bi-Annual shows are a great opportunity to view the toys. And if you’ve got a toy of your own, you can join in the fun on their testing off-road circuit.

Don’t miss out on the Freelander test mule built into an Austin Maestro van body. Talk about falling from the ugly tree!

McDonald Land Rover Dunsfold Freelander Test Mule

Dunsfold Collection Freelander Test Mule

 

 

Driving Skills

Land Rover produced, like many manufacturers, copious quantities of promotional material which never acquired a significant audience. Some of these gems have been, copyright issues aside, freed by online video sites.

Here’s one, Land Rover’s own Driving Technique, produced by the Rover Triumph Film Unit!

 

Many videos offer advice, hints and tricks but there’s a difference between user-generated content and expert advice.

It’s the difference between BBC and You’ve Been Framed

Here’s Land Rover Owner’s video on mud-plugging

And a video which looks like Land Rover’s own Camel Trophy training program

Readers Rides

There are also plenty of home-produced videos with hints and tips, but treat most of these with caution. Perhaps they are best used as a guide to how owners have used their video camera, but often they are fun to watch. And we always appreciate the community involvement; respect to anyone who not only spends their hard-earned on a Landy, but who is then brave enough to show the results of their proving session.

Here’s a Series 2 with a 5l V8 and an Australian in it;

 

Mechanical Murals

Time-lapse builds can be a visual feast, and you may even see something which helps!

Changing a chassis

Ground-up Build

 

Documentaries and History

There are plenty of videos of dubious legality, though the ability to find such fascinating material is perhaps what makes video sites so popular.

Here’s on on the history of The Camel Trophy

And one on a Trans-Africa adventure trip (just one lottery jackpot win, just the one..)

Then there are the usual TV Testimonials, when they either run out of things to do or money to pay for the Ferraris they’ve ‘re-styled’

 

So we’ve showed you ours, now it’s your turn.

If you need anything un-built then re-built, and we’ve done everything from Series 101’s (see our previous blogs) to Range Rover Sports, or serviced or repaired or inspected or modified, visit our website to get our contact details www.mcdonaldlandrover.co.uk

 

This post 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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Workshop Tales

McDonald LR

Range Rover Cream Interior Kills BECMs. ish…

Workshop chatter is cut to a bare minimum as it’s inefficient and wasteful…

…although it does have its uses.

Over a boiling kettle the issue of Range Rover Beckhams was discussed.

Then the workshop-ingenue was slapped down viciously corrected; the Body Electrical Control Module or BECM is the all-important brain of the vehicle, and must be functioning correctly for the vehicle to run at all.

IT is responsible for:

  • Instrument pack
  • SRS (Airbag) Diagnostic Control Unit (DCU)
  • Selector lever display panel (Automatic transmission
  • vehicles only)
  • Engine compartment fusebox
  • Fuse 1 – Power supply
  • Fuse 4 – Power supply
  • Fuse 5 – Power supply
  • Cruise control ECU
  • Transfer box ECU
  •  Engine Control Module (ECM)
  • Electronic Automatic Transmission (EAT) ECU
  • ABS ECU
  • Electronic Air Suspension (EAS) ECU
  • HEVAC ECU
  • Center console switch pack
  • RH door outstation
  • LH door outstation
  • RH seat outstation
  • LH seat outstation
  • ICE (Radio) unit
  • Diagnostic Socket

Of course, if it should fail, you’ll see all kinds of problems, including but not limited to:

  • mis-operation of headlights
  • door locks
  • electric windows
  • fuel filler flap
  • indicators
  • sun roof
  • rear washers/wiper
  • fuse failure codes
  • engine won’t turn over

These faults may be intermittent.

For a fantastic article on the workings of the BECM, try Rangerovers.net’s Demistifying the BECM

There’s nothing a home mechanic can do to fix a BECM, but you can try to avoid trouble by buying dark-carpetted P38s.

I know, it sounded strange to me too, but it’s a little-discussed fact.

The lighter carpets featured on the Range Rover options list encouraged dirt and stains to hitch a ride, necessitating a motivated schedule of interior cleaning. As the BECM is under the seat, next to where your feet are, it’s right in the firing line.

The more carpet Cleaner you use, the more moisture there is around the box, the greater the chance of degradation in the circuit boards.

So buy a P38 with dark carpets and you’ll have a much-reduced chance of BECM woes.

If you’ve got a P38 (brave little old you, well done) and you need anything at all for it, from the smallest washer to a brand new 4.6 V8 engine, give us a call or go to www.mcdonaldlandrover.co.uk

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Making Tracks

Mcdonaldlandrover Automobilemag Trakced Land Rover

The north wind doth blow, and we shall have blocked roads.

Winter  is coming, the goose is getting fat, please put a Land Rover on my driveway. Thanks.

We thought that as the weather has started to deteriorate, you’d like some suggestions as to what to drive to get to work/the airport/Casualty.

The first Land Rover models to feature tracks were modified by renowned Scottish engineers Cuthbertsons of Biggar, and didn’t their Series 1 look good.

From there, the Land Rover was mated, not unsuccessfully, with a Scorpion Light Tank and saw action in hot places.

Serious snow ploughing required dedicated machines, but for versatility you can’t beat a Land Rover.

Wiki guide to parking includes one called ‘the tank’.

Enjoy the pictures here on the interweb

Also try these two videos for kicks.

Sir Ranulph Fiennes

Dudes in a field.

We’re used to looking after more conventional models, but would love to hear from you if you need parts or servicing for your tracked Land Rover.

Come and visit us or shop on line at www.mcdonaldlandrover.co.uk. or see us on Google+

This article was written by Rupert Astbury

Bowler And Top Hat For JLR

McDonald Land Rover Range Rover LWB

Longer Name, Longer Range Rover

Picture courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

In a week of bold assertions, Jaguar Land Rover announced their intention to please all of the people all of the time.

In the near future we will be seeing a lot more of the new Range Rover Long Wheel Base, if you’ll pardon the pun, as they introduce a special Long Wheel Base and even more special Long Wheel Base ‘Autobiography Black’ Range Rover model dilemma.

Extra room in the boot will of course be practical, but the 186mm increase in rear leg room will be most welcome to the Maybach and Rolls Royce devotees in need of some upwards momentum.

McDonald Land Rover Range Rover LWB Interior

Opulence re-defined. Muddy footprints not on options list.

Picture courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

Executive leather seats will be offered to replace the ‘bench’ seats, although either can offer a reclined position to allow you to gaze out of the panoramic roof, safe in the knowledge that the powered side blinds keep unwanted intrusion to a minimum.

McDonald Land Rover Bowler Rally Championship

I AM A DRIVING GOD!

Picture courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

At the other end of the 4X4 party-trick-list, there are those lucky few who can keep the pace up as they seek ever-longer puddles of mud in which to race.

We say ‘lucky few’ as the price tag for fourb’four’s answer to the Porsche Supercup is in fact similar to that of the Porsche Supercup.

£60,000 including VAT (although if you can figure out how to claim the VAT back on that you should pick up where Bernie Madoff left off) buys you:

…a modified Defender 90 Hard Top utilising the factory-standard 2.2 litre diesel engine which has been uprated to 170 bhp by Bowler Motorsport. All Defender Challenge cars will run the standard 6-speed manual gearbox, controlled Kuhmo tyres and full MSA-approved roll cage and fire extinguisher system. Further aiding the accessibility of the series, all cars will remain road-legal and can be driven to events if required…

Bowler Defender Challenge Car Specification

Based on a Land Rover Defender 90 Hard Top

Engine: 2.2 Litre Diesel
Gearbox Standard 6-speed manual
Power: modified to 170 bhp by Bowler Motorsport
Torque: 450Nm

Additional Features

  • Full MSA-approved roll cage
  • MSA-compliant fire extinguisher system
  • Bowler Motorsport suspension system – including new dampers, springs roll bars and bushes
  • Bowler Motorsport lightweight 18″ wheels with controlled Kuhmo tyres
  • Racing seats and six-point harness
  • Bowler Motorsport lightweight front bumper and sill protectors
  • Intercom system
  • Upgraded mud flaps and mounting system
  • Bowler Motorsport revised door casings
  • Full Defender Challenge livery
  • Optional Bowler brake package
  • Optional service package providing access to Bowler Works mechanics, logistic support plus vehicle storage between events

Courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

If you like the idea of competing in a Land Rover Defender or Special, contact us at McDonald Land Rover for all the best off-road suspension and engine upgrades.

Go to our website www.mcdonaldlandrover.co.uk. or see me on Google+

This article was written by Rupert Astbury

No Empty Gesture

Range Rover Sport at McDonald Landrover

Range Rover Sport Crosses Empty Quarter

As If it needed to prove the credentials of the Range Rover Sport after the Colorado Climax of winning their class at Pike’s Peak, Land Rover have decided to race around some more dusty tracks.

Land Rover’s Media Centre says;

This coming week, Land Rover will attempt to set the fastest recorded time for a land vehicle crossing of the ‘Empty Quarter’ – one of the harshest and most challenging desert environments on the planet, using a standard production New Range Rover Sport…

…The driver will be Moi Torrallardona, a 47 year-old Spanish off-road racer with extensive experience of the Dakar Rally, in which he competed for ten successive years with a best finish of 6th overall.

A dangerously arid climate with no reliable water sources and an ever-shifting terrain, the Empty Quarter in the Arabian Peninsula is one of the most treacherous terrains man and machine could face. The driving conditions will be incredibly harsh, with temperatures of over 50 degrees C in the day and towering sand dunes stretching 850ft into the air.

We’re gearing up for mud and hypothermia  rather than dust and sunburn.

Good luck to them, from all here.

If you would like help with your Range Rover Sport, pop along to our webshop and we’ll sell you some stuff; go faster stuff, go muddier stuff, go higher stuff or even bling-tastic stuff. We’re stuff experts. When the going gets stuff…

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

This article was written by Rupert Astbury