This Is The Most Efficient Classic Land Rover Ever Made
What started as guilt-trip driving around in an oil-burning-engined car to access the innermost parts of Australia resulted in a start-up that now converts, sells, and rents electric Land Rovers. Australia-based Jaunt Motors recently converted an old diesel Land Rover into an electric car, the reason behind it being to create an environment-friendly four-wheel-drive vehicle. The yesteryear SUV now comes with electric motors and Tesla batteries powering it. Is this the best way to enjoy classic, hardcore SUVs without feeling guilty about harming the environment?
Land Rover Defender by ECD Auto Design
Land Rover Defender is not a new name. The off-road compact SUV came to life with this moniker in the 1980s, before which it was known as the Land Rover Ninety and Land Rover One Ten. This vehicle went off the production line in 2016, but such was the craze that the automaker had to cave into the customers’ demands, so it rolled out a special edition of the Defender called the Defender Works V-8 in 2018. The Defender, as is with any off-road truck, has been at the mercy of its owners and we have seen many customized versions of the same. But this one particular company called ECD Automotive Design specializes in customizing Defenders. It recently experimented with a customer Defender 130 and the results have made our day.
2017 Land Rover Discovery by Startech
Startech may be overshadowed by its parent company, Brabus, in the tuning world, but the tuner has proven itself to be as adept in building kits for a wide range of vehicle brands. One of those brands is Land Rover, and as fate would have it, Startech is presenting its latest program for the Discovery SUV at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.
The program has a more style-over-substance feel to it. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially for an SUV like the Discovery, which caters to more than just the off-road adventurers of the world. Those who prefer a proper dress-up for their SUVs are the targets here, hence the lack of an engine upgrade that puts more power to the SUV’s 3.0-liter supercharged V-6 engine. It is fitting, too, that with Startech’s kit for the SUV arrived just as the Discovery underwent its biggest stylistic change since 2009. Put all of these elements together and it’s easy to see why Startech wants to be one of the first in the tuning scene to have one in the market. Other tuners like Kahn Design will inevitably have theirs at some point, but for now, the spotlight is squarely on Startech to make a positive impression on owners of the new SUV. Considering its pedigree as a company owned by Brabus, it wouldn’t be hard for Startech to live up to its parent firm’s reputation.
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