A Range Rover that can haul the Mail in the Dirt
When you hear Range Rover, go-fast off-road racer doesn’t really come to mind especially if it’s the Range Rover Evoque you’re talking about. Well, we have to admit we didn’t think a Range Rover Evoque could ever be as cool as its larger big brother, the Range Rover Sport which won our 2014 Four Wheeler of the Year award, but Milner Off Road Racing has us thinking otherwise. Last year they introduced the Milner LRM-1 which is designed after a Range Rover Evoque except for the fact that it’s stronger, faster and downright mean! The luxury off-road race car could probably race in the Dakar series or even blast through the famous San Felipe whoops of Zoo Road in Baja, Mexico without even breaking a sweat.
Milner has been building race cars for over 20 years so they’re not new to the world of motorsports by any means. The 2013 Milner LRM-1 which is based on the race proven Milner R5 and looks like a Range Rover Evoque but is offered with a 5.0-liter Ford Coyote V-8 engine or a 550 plus horsepower Range Rover 5.0-liter Supercharged V-8 engine that can blow the doors off more than a few race trucks. A six speed sequential gear box drives a Milner transfer box and Milner differentials with Quaife centers to get the power to the ground in any terrain imaginable, a good thing since it’s built to conquer the worst environments.
The LRM-1 is built with a full tube frame chassis with double wishbone, fully independent suspension, and is wrapped in a lightweight composite body shell that is scaled down to 4/5 the size of a production Evoque. The Milner LRM-1 is available as either a turn-key car or as a stripped roller with a choice of power plants and transmission packages.
We can honestly say that the Milner LRM-1 is something we wouldn’t mind thrashing in the dirt, especially with 550 horsepower on tap from that 5.0-liter supercharged Rover V-8!