Disco tech

LRO (UK) - - Heritage | How The Disco 2 Was Born -

04De­signer Alan Mob­ber­ley coined the phrase ‘The Evo­lu­tion that hides a Revo­lu­tion’, which ac­tu­ally summed up the Dis­cov­ery 2 pretty well. Un­der­neath its fa­mil­iar skin – maybe just a lit­tle bit too fa­mil­iar – it was home to a plethora of ad­vanced tech­nol­ogy, each chris­tened with its own three-let­ter acro­nym (TLA).

Chief among these was self-lev­el­ling sus­pen­sion (SLS). This con­sisted of air springs fit­ted to the rear only, the rea­son be­ing that – yes, you’ve guessed it – the bud­get wouldn’t stretch to fit­ting it to all four cor­ners.

On the seven-seaters it was a ne­ces­sity to keep the back end level. Other ben­e­fits in­cluded a ‘jack up’ fea­ture to in­crease off-road clear­ance and a ‘kneel­ing’ po­si­tion for ease of load­ing. It could also be con­trolled us­ing a re­mote fob to aid hitch­ing up a trailer, car­a­van or horse­box.

To im­prove han­dling, the back axle was lo­cated by a Watt’s link­age rather than the orig­i­nal A-frame and ball joint.

Other fea­tures in­cluded Hill De­scent Con­trol (HDC), which de­buted the year be­fore on the Free­lander, and an elec­tronic trac­tion con­trol (ETC) sys­tem that was in­tended to ob­vi­ate the need for a lock­ing cen­tre dif­fer­en­tial.

This cut­away of a Dis­cov­ery 2 V8 shows just what lay un­der the skin in­clud­ing the re­vised rear sus­pen­sion lay­out and the front axle de­rived from the P38 Range Rover. Rear air sus­pen­sion kept the Dis­cov­ery 2 level un­der a va­ri­ety of load con­di­tions....

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