Monthly Archives: April 2011

MayNewsHandbookThe overland community has been looking forward to this – Chris Scott’s most comprehensive guidebook yet – for the last 12 months.

Following on from Adventure Motorcycling – the book used by Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman – and Sahara Overland – the guide TV’s Michael Palin packed in his shoulder bag – Overlanders’ Handbook aims to be an all encompassing guide to planning, preparation and travelling around the Globe.

Within its 752 pages is the answer to just about every question the prospective traveller may ask, from how to buy and equip a vehicle, to where to buy a set of Arabic number plates and a carnet. The book is clearly written and illustrated with maps, photos and diagrams supplied by Chris and his comprehensive group of contributors, all based on the lessons learned in the course of their travels.

MayNewsElectricLiberty Electric Cars has signed a memorandum of understanding with Icelandic company, Northern Lights Energy (NLE), for an order of 150 4×4 electric vehicles to be delivered across Scandinavia, Iceland and the Faroe Islands over the next four years.

The Liberty E-Range, the world’s first pure electric 4×4, is suited to these regions where there is an advanced electricity supply grid using a vast amount of renewable energy.

Ian Hobday, MD of Liberty Electric Cars, says: “The Scandinavian countries are the ideal market for us as the general policy on import duty is zero on electric vehicles, which puts the price of the Liberty E-Range at the same level as an ordinary petrol or diesel luxury 4×4.”

MayNewsBowlerCPP Global Holdings Ltd, the specialist coachbuilder based in Coventry, has acquired Bowler Off Road Limited, the Derbyshire-based manufacturer of the Nemesis high-performance cross country racer, for an undisclosed price.

Brendan O’Toole, managing director of CPP, said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to take the Bowler brand to new heights on the basis of very exciting plans. I’m looking forward to working with Drew Bowler and his exceptionally talented team to bring these plans to fruition.”

MayNewsEasterThe Heritage Motor Centre at Gaydon is hosting a big programme for Easter including All Terrain & Royal Wedding themed activities, Convoy for Heroes, Shaun the Sheep’s Land Rover and the annual Heritage Land Rover Show.

‘All Terrain Easter’ is a mix of Easter activities and a fortnight-long celebration of Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles from 16th April-1st May. Along with special vehicle displays, Land Rover Experience will be running daily rides on the new improved off-road track.

Convoy for Heroes will see an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the longest Land Rover convoy ever attempted on the 24th April with the aim of featuring 500 or more Land Rovers.

4x4offroadOur latest online poll showed that over half of you have made modifications to your 4x4s and a further 28% of you would like to. That’s a serious number of 4×4 enthusiasts either carrying out modifications themselves or sourcing professionals to enhance the performance, handling and look of their vehicles. Not surprisingly, modifying 4x4s has been steadily growing in popularity, especially with the increase in green-laning which has led to more owners adding under-body protection, raised suspension and so on.

The most popular modifications? Well, larger tyres are an obvious one along with shocks and lift kits, but there are also the cosmetics modifications to think about. Here the choice is equally endless ranging from leather interiors to cool wheels.

LandRoverEvoqueWith very positive early reviews for the new Range Rover Evoque, expect this to become a worthy rival to the likes of the Audi Q5 and BMW X3. When the Evoque goes on sale in September prices will kick off at £27,995 for an eD4 Pure 5-door 6 Speed manual 2WD model and rise to £44,320 for the top-of-the-range Si4 6 Speed automatic Dynamic coupé with LUX pack.

The Evoque will initially be available as a three-door Coupe and a family–friendly five-door with a 237bhp turbo petrol and 187bhp and 148bhp turbodiesels. Buyers will be given a choice of two body styles, three design themes together with an extensive selections of options and accessories including contrasting roof treatments and a panoramic glass roof.

Want to create your own perfect Range Rover Evoque? Here’s just the tool for the job:  www.landrover.com/gb/en/rr/range-rover-evoque/build/