Subaru has been asked to move an entire building using only an SUV, a challenge presented by the UK’s leading stable manufacturer.
National Stables called upon Subaru for the inaugural tow of its recently introduced Mobile Field Shelter. Weighing in at 1750kg, the 22ft x 12ft wooden structure can accommodate up to three horses and features heavy-duty galvanised steel skids and towing eyes at both ends so that it can be moved around a paddock. The Shelter was designed to be towed by a large tractor, but National Stables wanted to see what was possible.
Subaru UK selected a Forester 2.0D XS NavPlus, with its 2000kg towing capacity for the job. It hauled the mobile field structure across some tough rural terrain near Faversham, Kent, over 300 yards, on at least four separate occasions.
Infiniti has partnered with Volant, the Austria-based manufacturer of premium ski equipment, to create 100 Infiniti-Volant Limited edition ski packs for winter sport enthusiasts in Europe.
Infiniti will showcase its product range in joint initiatives at many ski resorts in the Alps and Pyrenees regions, and throughout the European Volant retail network. The Ski Packs are available from the 40 Infiniti Centres based around Europe for a recommended ski pack price (RRP) of £1950 (including the Cross bar T-Track adapter ski carrier). Each pair of bespoke Infiniti skis will be engraved with the customer’s name prior to delivery.
Rally Tours NZ has announced its Silk Road Expedition for 2011 from London to Beijing. The expedition is self-drive and takes in some challenging and remote roads. The London to Instanbul legs take in the Nurnburgring, Mercedes Museum in Stuttgart and BMW museum in Munich.
Other countries visited are Hungary, Serbia, Bulgaria, Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajkistan, which takes in the infamous Pamit Highway, and Kyrgyzstan, passing through Sary Tash en route to China, taking in Kashgar, Xion and Beijing.
A new full-spec John Deere XUV Gator utility vehicle has joined the Humber Bridge Board’s maintenance fleet, and was recently helping to keep the bridge and surrounding areas clear of snow and ice.
For winter work the road homologated four-wheel drive Gator is fitted with a rearmounted spreader and a front-mounted V-shaped snow blade. The spreader uses urea prills to avoid the corrosion than can be caused by normal salt-based grit.
With the UK road network grinding to a halt recently as a result of severe winter weather, the AA called upon a small fleet of Subaru and Isuzu vehicles to ensure that key members of its staff could keep mobile.
The fleet included a Subaru Forester 2.0 XS Auto and a Subaru Outback 2.5i SE NavPlus, plus two Isuzu Rodeo pick-ups: a 2.5-litre Denver Max and a 3.0-litre Denver Max LE Manual.
JCB is rebranding its Utility Terrain Vehicles with the new name JCB ‘Workmax’. This covers both the current diesel-powered models – the 4×4 for rough terrain applications and the 6×4 for ‘fine turf’ applications, such as golf courses and sports fields. Until now, JCB has used the name ‘Groundhog’ for its UTVs. The ‘Groundhog’ name has been in use since JCB entered the UTV market in 2005.
Porsche’s Cayenne was maligned by many when first announced, thanks to its somewhat unconventional looks, writes Nigel Fryatt. Sales worldwide, however, have been impressive and the model is now comfortably Porsche’s bestselling model.
It is, perhaps, no surprise, therefore, that Porsche’s Supervisory Board has announced that the German company is to build a second SUV, and one that will fit neatly ‘below’ the Cayenne. There has been a rumour of this model for the last few years, but it now appears it is a definite and going under the working title ‘Cajun’.
Scientists have built the smallest petrol engine, tiny enough to power a watch. The mini-motor, which runs for two years on a single squirt of lighter fuel, is set to revolutionize world technology.
It produces 700 times more energy than a conventional battery despite being less than a centimetre long, not even half an inch. It could be used to operate laptops and mobile phones for months, doing away with the need for recharging; especially useful if you’re on a major overland expedition.
Many 4x4s often have a tough life, and you want to protect their interiors from sustaining any lasting damage. That’s where seat covers and interior re-trims come in – providing a way of customising your vehicle while protecting it from the worst that outdoor life can throw at it
FOCUS ON… EXMOOR TRIM
If you want to update your Land Rover’s interior, take a look at Exmoor Trim. It offers a massive range of products, from complete seat replacements to covers, carpet sets and cubby boxes.
Exmoor Trim gear is sold through a network of UK distributors, meaning there is bound to be a supplier near you.
You can view the entire product range on the company’s own website, and order online. There’s also an extensive catalogue, which is most probably tantamount to soft pornography for the average Land Rover owner. www.exmoortrim.co.uk
We take to the greenlanes snaking around the misty hills of Shropshire in a pair of capable pick-up trucks – our long-term Isuzu Rodeo and a Mitsubishi L200 – for an off-roading treat
Word: Toby Savage; photos: Wayne Mitchelson, additional photos: Toby Savage
Phone calls and emails throughout the summer, trying to find a day when the three of us were free, resulted in just one weekend at the tailend of summer when we could all be in the same place, at the same time and take the longterm test Isuzu Rodeo Denver Max LE, long overdue for some more off-roading fun since our camping trip in midsummer, out for a run with a Mitsubishi L200 Barbarian. These are two popular trucks for different reasons, but both capable of fulfi lling the needs of many trades. The question was, how would they fare on the lanes and trails that reach out to the less accessible parts of Shropshire?