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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Historic Finds

How could you not want to take them home and love them?

Our office mole was just digging through the history of the interweb and found an old post on Landyzone about vehicle archaeology:

UK Land Rover enthusiasts John Craddock (of John Craddock Ltd) and Julian Gostling (of Exmoor Trim) have saved the collection of almost 100 Land Rovers and other collectable vehicles.

The two Land Rover specialists have jointly bought the collection, which includes various Series Ones, a One-Ton 109in and a huge variety of rare models including fire engines, ambulances and a Cuthbertson tracked vehicle in excellent condition. They were all stored in property at Sandnes near Stavanger in the south-west of the country and were due to be auctioned on December 4. Any which remained unsold at that auction would have been scrapped.

Some of the vehicles, which were being disposed of by the local police, are being transported back to the UK and many will come up for sale to enthusiasts next Summer. However, because of the immense task – and cost – of shipping every vehicle, some will be disposed of shortly in Norway. You can view this collection on-line and deal on the vehicle you require from Wednesday 1st December to Sunday 5th December 2010. This will be on a first-come first-served basis. Prices from £200 upwards.

Pictures of the collection can be seen here (Originally posted in 2010!)

What a collection! Given a lottery win and a free hand, it’s much the same as we’d end up with.

It would be great to know what happened to the stash. Answers on a post-card to the usual address please…

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This article was written by Rupert Astbury

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.

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This article was written by Rupert Astbury

Range Rover Hybrid Smoothes Silk Trail

McDonald Land Rover Silk Trail Expedition

Land Rover Silk Trail Expedition

Jaguar Land Rover’s 2013 Silk Trail 2013 Expedition is now just over half way through.

Demonstrating Land Rover’s legendary capability, its latest model, the Range Rover Hybrid is being put through its final engineering sign-off drive on a gruelling 9,950 mile endurance expedition.

The test, proving the new Range Rover Hybrid as the world’s most capable hybrid, set off from the home of Land Rover in Solihull, UK on August 22 and will travel overland for more than seven weeks through Europe, Russia and Asia to Mumbai, India – arriving on October 15.

Named after the famous trading route, this Silk Trail expedition should prove not only the continuation of Land Rover’s historic build quality and attention to off-road design details, but also show the company’s continued interest in sponsoring off-road challenges.

Perhaps for the new Defender model launch, a rebirth of the famous G4 challenge or even a re-branded Camel Trophy???

With 12 countries having the brand’s eco-credentials stamped on the border passes over 53 days, this tour sounds more hard-top than hard core, but there’s no denying the Range Rover’s ability when (as the trope has it) the going gets tough.

The Range Rover Hybrid and Range Rover Sport Hybrid go on sale across Europe on September 10, with first deliveries in early 2014.

The hybrid powertrain combines Land Rover’s 3-litre SDV6 turbo diesel engine with a 35kW electric motor integrated with the 8-speed ZF automatic transmission.  Total output of the powertrain is 340PS and 700Nm torque, resulting in acceleration to 62mph (100km/h) in under seven seconds, a strong mid-range rush and a top speed of 135mph (218km/h).  The powertrain achieves a 26 percent reduction in CO2 emissions to 169g/km and records 44.1mpg (combined cycle).

Click here to visit the Jaguar Land Rover website and get the latest progress report from the team, plus videos and press releases on your favourite Of Road Brand.

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This article was written by Rupert Astbury

Going Bush

Having just seen this African tour company, we are reminded of how versatile and far-reaching is the Land Rover:

Bush Ways Safari

Bush Ways Safari Landrover

Bush Ways Safari Land Rover

All our vehicles are tough reliable Safari Land Rovers

B: All our customised safari vehicles are extra wide allowing for more seating space and have:
1 Folding windscreen,
2 Removable canvas roof,
3 Perspex windows for the cold and rain,
4 Fridge for cold beverages,
5 Folding side door,
6 Comfortable coil spring suspension,
7 120L water tank with tap
8 Open sides for unobstructed views.

Our trailers are also custom-built on Land Rover chassis:
9 Chair box for easy access,
10 Easy modular packing system – saves time,
11 Folding side table complete with full kitchen behind.

In the words of the Beach Boys, wouldn’t it be nice.

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This article was written by Rupert Astbury

History R Us

A quick post to pass on this gem of a blog. The titular book bears further reading (snikker):

They Found Our Engineer

The British Land Rover 4×4 has grown from 1948 to become one of the world’s leading automotive brands. Exactly how it all came together back in the late 1940s and early 50s has been the topic of interest and debate for many years. This was until two Australian enthusiasts, Michael Bishop and Alex Massey quite literally stumbled across senior member of the original Land Rover development team, Arthur Goddard living in Brisbane, Australia in 2009. The discovery led to many of the myths and tales surrounding the early vehicles to be heard as it happened from Arthur’s point of view. Then to a trip by Arthur to visit his old work place in Solihull and to the vehicle that he helped bring to life back in 1948. The book contains both a technical and human side to this incredible story as well as a great reunion between Arthur and his old colleague Spen King who went on to design the Range Rover in the 1960s. This is truly a unique story from the time of post War World two Britain to modern day Australia and how the iconic 4×4 grew up so quickly in the 1950s to become the world leader that it is today.

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This article was written by Rupert Astbury

90″ BBQ

Who can’t find a place in their heart for excellently-aimed nostalgia?

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This article was written by Rupert Astbury