They're also adding an 8-speed ZF trans, and other modern-vehicle accoutrements. "Rich man's plaything" indeed - isn't that what low-volume factory spec racers are anyway?Respectfully, I disagree. This isn't a Bowler Wildcat. It's some Sandglow paint (they use a new name now) on a Works V8 with some Safety Devices accessories. Hell, the front end sag on this thing with the 5.0 is pretty obvious - doesn't look as if they compensated for the extra weight. It's a rich man's plaything, and nothing more. Don't get me wrong: I still want one very badly, but this is far from a quarter million dollar competition rig IMO. It is however the only way to get a V8 in an Old Defender with OEM quality (whether you think OEM JLR quality is a good thing is a completely different question).
Edit: "Eastnor Yellow" is the new name. Curious if it maintains the old Sandglow code.
I believe LR is planning a series of owner invite-only "events" recalling the Camel Trophy for these vehicles, but likely with full factory vehicle and driver support on site and far more controlled conditions that allow owners to use the vehicles in a very risk-managed atmosphere similar to (but not at the level of) what Aston Martin does with the Vulcan. The first is at Eastnor Castle on delivery and is advertised as a "competition". Depending on the success of this limited series they may launch a revived Land Rover Trophy series...they've occasionally polled members of their customer relations board over the last two to three years in increasing detail about this idea.