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3.5L V8 Off-Roader Taking Off Road to the Extreme
Four-wheel drive vehicles are more popular today than ever before. With this in mind, presenter and engineering fanatic Mark Evans takes on a brand new 'Is Born' challenge. The build is inspired by late 1970s special vehicles, of which a limited run of only 25 were produced for the Swiss and French Army, and are quoted as being "the best Land Rovers ever made". Mark's aim is to take an old rust-bucket Range Rover rescued from the scrap-heap and transform it into the ultimate boulder-crawling beauty!
The starting point is a 1985 four-door Range Rover that a mate of Mark's had rotting in a garage. This he totally strips back to the bones and, along with salvaged parts from other Land Rovers and Range Rovers, combines to create a very special hybrid. The extreme 3.5 litre, V8 powered, R380 gearboxed off-roader, custom-built from scratch by Mark, also boasts some serious off-road kit, including: an outrageous hi-lift suspension systems hand-made, one-off roll-cage; a specially modified twin-tank fuel system and air-operated diff-locks in both front and rear axles. When complete Mark reckons the vehicle will virtually be able to climb a vertical wall - a challenge which may well be tested when the finished vehicle is put through its paces!
Running Time: Approx 240 mins