[Phil Wedgwood, it executive, Manchester] 2014 Discovery 4 Hse LUX
Why a Discovery 4? I’ve always wanted a Discovery. I have three children and we all love the outdoors and exploring. But it’s also my daily driver so I needed something that looks good, goes anywhere, is comfortable, has loads of room and seven seats – something that would suit both Lara Croft and James Bond!
What are your plans for it? I had to prepare it for a life both off- and on-road. Standard 20-inch wheels can go most places but when off-roading the standard wheels and tyres are not ideal and one can quickly ruin them. I wanted my Discovery 4 to look cool but still go anywhere and I decided to use Prospeed in York for this. The plan is to get it expedition-ready and we have just completed the first phase of the build.
What have you done so far? I’ve upgraded the wheels and tyres, given it a 2in lift and added rock and tree sliders, snorkel, roof rack, work lights and full underbody protection. Then I took some inspiration from my local stadium, Old Trafford, and added some Lazer lights. I can easily light up a football pitch with them.
Which off-road tyres and wheels? I went for 18in Cooper STT tyres and Compomotive wheels. They work very well and help increase the ride height. I find the ride much softer now, especially when off-road. The extra sidewall depth is also a massive advantage when mounting the kerbs on the school run.
What are your next jobs? Spare wheel carrier, extra fuel tank, air compressor, inverter, waffle board mounts, dual battery system, CB radio and an upgraded NAV system. I would like to investigate off-road storage and fridge options. Plus it will need a winch.
You like your adventures, then... I plan to ship it to Iceland for a family holiday. After that more trips in the UK, EU and beyond. My Discovery fits my adventure lifestyle perfectly. What trips have you done in it so far? The week after I purchased it I took the family to the south of Spain in it. On the way we stopped in the Pyrenees for a few days. I have also gone greenlaning in the Peak District and Wales.
What is the hardest part of this project? Keeping the white leather seats clean.
When will it be finished? Never. All good things should never come to an end though I hope that we will be done by the end of this year.
Who is helping you with the project? Prospeed Group in York. What they don't know about Discos isn't worth knowing.
What other Land Rovers do you own? I was so impressed with my Disco that I purchased a Range Rover Evoque for the wife. That is strictly for on-road though. For me the Discovery is the only car that can credibly and actually do anything and everything.