Should Land Rover build this off-roading supercar?
Imagine a vehicle that you could drive along the French Riviera on Friday evening, take to the racetrack on Saturday afternoon and go for an off-roading adventure on Sunday morning. You are looking at a Swiss Army knife-of-a-vehicle that currently does not currently exist. In fact, the terms "sports car" and "off-roading" are two concepts that should never cross paths. Rally variants of the Subaru WRX STI and Mitsubishi Lancer Evo VI have managed to grip onto the roughest of terrain at wicked speeds but are not considered to be true off-roaders due to their limited ground clearance. The closest thing we currently have to an off-roading sports car is the Local Motors Rally Fighter, which has a 6.0 second 0-60mph time and a wild ride height.
However, one automotive sketch and render artist by name of Oliver Cattell-Ford believes they have created the very vehicle that can do it all; it is dubbed the "Range Rover Hunter" and it's out of this world.
Could it truly be considered an off-roader?
A true Range Rover must be able to off-road effortlessly across most terrain. The Hunter could theoretically do so thanks to its highly adjustable ride height as demonstrated in the video, allowing it to clear rocks and tall grass. It would obviously only be offered with all-wheel-drive and locking differentials to conquer the roughest of surfaces. The vehicle would also need far thicker tyres than what is shown in the render for maximum traction. Lastly, an underbody shield would be ideal to protect the vehicle from scratches and stones; after all it would be an uber-expensive Range Rover. So yes, with a few tweaks the Hunter could tackle the Sahara Desert, Amazon Jungle and Arctic hills.
Imagine if it had a supercharged V8
Land Rover are arguably the class-leaders when it comes to off-roading and luxurious SUVs, meaning a low-slung coupe or sedan would not fit their product portfolio; they would need to borrow both advice and parts from Jaguar in order to create a true performance coupe. No juicy engines were suggested for the render so we will have to decide what would be best, ideally it should be something already in production to minimise costs. The 5.0L supercharged V8 from Jaguar's F-Type SVR would be a suitable candidate as it produces a whopping 575hp and 516lb-ft (700Nm) of torque. Imagine those figures in a car with a carbon-fibre monocoque chassis weighing just over 1600kg (3500lbs). Sure, a set of electric motors would aid performance but the vehicle is heavy enough as it is with its AWD and off-roading utilities. Unlike a Range Rover Sport SVR, the bodywork is highly aerodynamic and you can drastically reduce the centre of gravity to supercar-territory with its ride height.
Would a Range Rover supercar be awesome or disgraceful?
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You can view Oliver Cattell-Ford's creation directly and a short video on his Instagram profile below.