It is on rare occasion that I am able to talk about a vehicle being turned into a rally machine, and it is even a more rare bird that the basis for said rally vehicle is a lux off-roader like the Evoque. Oh happy day!
The link to a Derbyshire Company's website happened upon my computer this morning, and I was excited to see what bit of awesomeness was awaiting that I had been forwarded. I have a special fondness for .co.uk domains for some reason. I click, and what do my eyes see? This bit of home grown British ingenuity. Man this thing looks good! The Milner LRM-1 is the latest in a series of off road racers that draw from over 30 years of cross country racing. These guys are no puffs, and this machine is to be taken seriously.
Loads of suspension built in to what looks like a STRONG cage. The LRM-1 has a full space frame chassis with double wishbone, fully independent suspension, with a composite body shell scaled to 4/5 the size of a standard Evoque. They made sure to maintain the body lines so that it retains that instantly recognizable Evoque look.
The first production car benefits from a motor "borrowed" borrowed from it's brother, Jaguar. The 5.0 V8 supercharged engine produces 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.
If you would like one of these turn-key off-road racers, just dial Milner up and tell them what powerplant, what transmission setup you would like, and show up a matter of weeks later with a pile of cash.
Check it out for yourself: Milner Off Road Racing's Evoque