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For many years, Land Rovers have provided an ideal platform for specialist conversions. There are many already mentioned throughout the site where they can be tied down to a particular Land Rover model. There are more, less easy to categorise conversions mentioned in this section. Below are just some of the applications not already mentioned on their own pages. If I get more info on these, they will each get their own page.

The Hover Rover

The Vickers-Armstrong Company built the Hover Rover in 1962. Vickers had started hovercraft development in 1961, and Hover Rover was developed in parallel with their first big hovercrafts. Technically a 'cushion craft', the Hover Rover, based around a Series II 109 pickup, was developed to minimise ground pressure, allowing the vehicle to traverse boggy terrain. The main problem was that it required two engines, vastly reducing the payload capacity. Although the hover cushion supported much of this extra weight, it was still a problem for conventional road operation. (The skirt could be raised for road use). The Hover Rover was never developed further, although for a few years Vickers used it as a promotional device for their larger hovercrafts. In 1966 Vickers-Armstrong's and Westland Aircraft's hovercraft activities were merged to form the British Hovercraft Corporation.

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Vickers Hover Rover
Vickers Hover Rover

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'Shell' Land Rover

Built for Shell Oil Company in 1963 for use in Alaska during exploration of possible pipeline routes, this Land Rover was fitted with special wheels and tyres that would enable it to cross the vast Tundra. Under the rear floor was a PTO driven air compressor, allowing the driver to inflate the tires from 2PSI to 20PSI. To steer the enormous tyres, a Garrison power-steering system was fitted. In front was a Koenig PTO winch. The cost of the tyres and wheels alone was more than the then current retail price of the Land Rover.

Shell Land Rover
'Shell' Land Rover

'Iceland' Land Rover

This Defender model pictured in Iceland is of a similar if more modern configuration to the 'Shell' Land Rover, and is used for winter cross country work in Iceland.

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'Iceland' Land Rover - Pictures by Sean McCargo

Tomcat

Tomcats are Land Rover based vehicles, with over 700 Tomcats built since Drew Bowler designed them. All Tomcats are built using the original vehicle chassis from the Land Rover, Range Rover or Discovery.

Tomcat Motorsport was formed in 2001 to take over production of the Tomcat vehicle from Drew Bowler when he moved to concentrate on the renowned Bowler Wildcat. Almost immediately 2 new models were developed and added to the range, expanding it to 5 distinct vehicles.

The 93 was developed to use the popular Land Rover 90 chassis, mainly for use in the challenge events, while the all-new 106 is aimed at high speed competitive events, using front or rear engine.

Visit their website at www.tomcatmotorsport.co.uk

Tomcat Tomcat
Tomcat

Bowler Wildcat / Nemesis

The original Bowler Wildcat has now been replaced with the Bowler Nemesis, a Range Rover Sport based machine. However it is like no RR sport you've seen before!

Visit their website at www.bowlermotorsport.com

Bowler Nemesis
Bowler Nemesis

Dakar

The Dakar is a kit car based on a Range Rover classic or Discovery 1 donor . It retains most of the original mechanics and the chassis is shortened. The body is made of Kevlar. The car weighs only 1500 kg and, as the chassis is shortened, has almost no front and rear overhang. Length: 3.71 m (RR: 4.56m), width: 1.81m (RR 1.89m) 

Dakar Dakar
Dakar

Dakar kit car

Website Link: Dakar 4x4

Club Link: Dakar Owners Club

Brochure Downloads:

Land-Rover Special Conversions Brochure (site login required)

Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations Brochure (site login required)

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