Range Rover dou­ble cab

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING -

Startech, the di­vi­sion at Ger­man car tuners Brabus that works on all cars not from Daim­ler, has turned this Range Rover into a bakkie. It was dis­played at last week’s Shang­hai Auto Show and gar­nered al­most as much in­ter­est among the Chi­nese as it would in Polok­wane or Saudi Ara­bia. Brabus said it made 100 new com­po­nents from alu­minium, steel and car­bon fi­bre to cre­ate the bakkie, although the load bin is more suited to carry fal­con cages than golf bags. The Ranger Rover bakkie rides on 23-inch wheels. The com­pany said the wheels fea­ture an un­usual de­sign with di­men­sion­ally off­set cross-spokes that ex­tend all the way to the outer edge of the wheel flange and are fit­ted with high-per­for­mance tyres of size 305/30 R 23. ‘The hi-tech forg­ing tech­nol­ogy used for the pro­duc­tion of th­ese wheels is just as spe­cial and so­phis­ti­cated. It achieves ex­tremely high strength de­spite the enor­mous weight sav­ings over a cast wheel of iden­ti­cal size,’ said Startech. PHOTO: SUP­PLIED

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