A few days ago some leaked patent images showing a wild and unruly Evoque caused quite a stir in the automotive world. Nobody knew what the bloody thing was. Now the mystery is solved. The car is a rally-prepped Range Rover Evoque built under license by the off-road specialist Milner. They call it the Milner LRM-1 Off Road Race Car.
As to what the Milner LRM-1 is for, although the car’s looks suggest it’s a full-on Dakar racer, it is more akin to Bowler Wildcat products – a sort of turn-key off-road race car for private customers, one-make racing series, or those who just want lots of fun. Milner says “it draws from the knowledge gained over 30 years of cross country racing.”
As for the technicalities, the Range Rover Evoque by Milner features a full space frame chassis with double wishbone, fully independent suspension and a composite body that looks like the standard Evoque, sort of, but is actually 4/5th the size of the normal car. It is instantly recognizable as something truly special, what with the increased ride height, new bumper, grilles and rides, and above all, a massive roof scoop that feeds air to the mid-mounted engine.
Speaking of the engine, it’s a Land Rover 5.0 V8 supercharged engine producing in excess of 550BHP and 680Nm of torque. The power is delivered via a 6-speed sequential gearbox connected to Milner transfer box. The customers will be offered a choice of power plants and transmission packages. Pricing is yet to be revealed.
Milner via Telegraf.nl