Defender makeover by Kahn Design
The appearance of a Land Rover Defender in the opening scenes of the Bond film Skyfall has raised the profile of the most rugged of off-roaders, which celebrates its 65th birthday this year. The basic design harks back to 1948, when the first handmade Land Rovers emerged.
Customisation specialists Kahn Design have been uprating the Land Rover Defender for some time now, for wealthy customers both here in the UK and abroad.
And they’ll need deep pockets as the prices kick off at £39,875 – an almost £10k hike over the base price of the donor vehicle – with the sky the limit in terms of personalisation options available. Kahn Design will even fit an automatic gearbox into your Defender at a cost of around £8k, something that isn’t available off the shelf from Land Rover.
The Defender Military Edition that is featured here includes what Kahn calls a wide track arch kit. There’s also vented headlight surrounds with crosshair headlights, mesh bonnet and side vents, clear light lenses both front and rear and to the side, and a Kahn prototype tailgate badge. There’s even the option of fitting bulletproof glass and armour plating so that the Defender really can cope with any situation.
Inside, it’s possible to match the upholstery to any colour that the buyer desires, and the exterior paintwork can be sprayed to contrast. It really is a case of having what you want, and Kahn will relieve you of your money to achieve what it is you want.
And if the Defender isn’t the right car for you, Kahn are experts in any of the Land Rover or Range Rover models, and can tailor make anything from a Freelander 2, right up to the very latest Range Rover. The company has experience of other marques too, and lists Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz and smart, as well as more exotic brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini and Rolls-Royce.
More information is available on their website at www.kahndesign.com.
Don’t forget the brakes!
When most car owners think of tuning their car, it’s all about the extra power, additional torque, and perhaps some extra fuel economy.
Most will forget that if you’re squeezing more go out of your car, you may need to invest some money in making sure that the car can stop just as quickly too.
These performance brake pads from Hawk are just the ticket and are suitable for the Mazda3, second generation Ford Focus and the Volvo C30, S40 and V50 – all of which share the same basic platform.
The Ferro Carbon brake pads are designed to create more friction than standard pads, providing much better stopping power and higher resistance to brake fade.
The Hawk HB519 F.682 costs £94.47 inclusive of VAT per front set and are available from Cambridge Motorsport by calling 01462 684300 or by visiting their website at www.cambridgemotorsport.com.