EV Land Rover Defender Road Trip // The Late Brake Show

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Welcome to The Late Brake Show. In this episode Jonny Smith has the task of driving an EV converted classic Land Rover Defender from rural Wales into central London, where it is put inside world-renown retail store Selfridges. This 'E-Lander' was a project vehicle build commissioned by Selfridge's themselves in conjunction with Barbour clothing company in order to raise the awareness of more sustainable shopping. Jonny made a previous video for the Selfridge's Project Earth campaign ( https://www.selfridges.com/GB/en/features/project-earth/ ) and Barbour's fascinating ReLoved jacket restoration/upcycling programme ( https://www.barbour.com/uk/reloved ), but this is a 'director's cut' with more specific details on the Tesla EV running gear beneath this 2015 Defender.

So called 'E-Lander' the car was built by Electric Classic Cars in Wales ( https://www.electricclassiccars.co.uk/ ) and modified specifically for the client to still perform off-road, as well as a town and country vehicle. The Tesla Model S large motor has been turned 90-degrees in order to power driveshafts to both front and rear, meaning it is a single motor 4x4, with enough power to keep up with an Aston Martin DBX or Mercedes G63 AMG SUV. At the same time it stealthily hides its lack of exhaust, long gearstick and engine, so unassuming eyes simply see it as an immaculately tailored Defender. Talking of tailoring, the interior was masterminded by Barbour, who supplied their classic tartan jacket lining, together with 'Vegan leather' for a soft, luxurious cabin.

The result? A scenic road trip in a Defender that drives better than any diesel Defender Jonny has ever tried. Expensive, yes, but these cottage industry EV converted classics will certainly form a strong part of charismatic futuristic motoring.

Stop. It's time for The Late Brake Show.

Tech Spec

2015 Defender 'E-Lander'
Motor: Tesla Model S Large DU (Drive Unit) 335kW with Zero EV upgrade (Quaife LSD gearset), reverse oil pump
Battery power: 85kWh Tesla Model S pack (65kWh useable), up to 200kWh optional!
Battery pack: 16 modules - 10 modules (front), 6 modules (rear)
Power: 450hp
Torque: 450nm
Motor controller: Zero EV control board
Battery Management system: Dilithium
Axles: Upgraded Ashcroft Transmissions units with h/duty CV joints and limited slip differentials, rear prop extended 8-inches.
Suspension: Lowered 2-inches, Bilstein dampers, Eibach stiffer springs, h/duty anti-roll bars
Range: 100 - 150 miles
Charging: up to 22kW AC charging (3 phase) - 3hrs 0-80%. CCS optional from 2021.
0-62: 4.5 seconds
Top speed: 120mph+
Price range: from £50,000 (performance & range dependant) excluding car

Thanks to https://dropless.co.uk/ for detailing the car at short notice inside Selfridges late on a Saturday.

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