« Previous vehicle | Next vehicle »

Vehicle 10 of 40

1985 Range Rover Turbo D ‘Beaver Bullet’ record-breaker

 

1985 Range Rover Turbo D ‘Beaver Bullet’ record-breaker

Chassis number: SALLHAME7CA157990

Registration number: B378 TAC

Engine type: 2.4 VM Turbo Diesel

Gearbox type: 5 Speed

Vehicle spec:

This vehicle has a very interesting history. Known as the ‘Beaver Bullet’ it was the first diesel-powered car to maintain an average speed of over 100mph for 24 hours, breaking all diesel speed records for a 4x4. Over three days in August 1986 at the MIRA test track, two diesel-powered Range Rovers took a total of 27 sprint and endurance records. This is the endurance vehicle.

To assist with the record attempt a number of modifications were carried out. Two racing-type fuel fillers were installed on the lower tailgate, a full internal roll-cage was fitted, and passenger and rear seats removed. Radio communications were installed, together with a quick-release bonnet catch and other minor modifications.

The VM diesel-powered Range Rover was not received favourably by the motoring press when it was introduced, primarily because the ‘Top Gear’ show had tested a vehicle that was badly-prepared. The record-breaking initiative was Land Rover’s way of showing how capable the new vehicle actually was.

The car is in completely original and unrestored condition.

Find out when and where this vehicle will be on show: Become a friend »

Like to help us maintain this vehicle? Make a donation »