Pic of the Week: Bigfoot Spotted...

Those of you with good memories for quotes may recall that Little Britain character Andy Pipkin declared (at least according to carer Lou Todd) that "Finland has a maudlin quality to it, rendering it unsuitable as a holiday destination".

Not if your holiday includes some driving in one of these Defender bigfoots, built by Land Rover Special vehicles and used as part of LR's Nordic Adventure programme.

You can read all about editor Trent's Land Rover adventure in Finland's snowbound wastes in his own words in the feature we published yesterday, but for now just sit back, relax, and enjoy four sizes of snowy bigfoot wallpaper...

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  • CooperS 26 Feb 2012

    great picture!

  • camel_landy 10 Feb 2012

    300bhp/ton... You have mail. wink

  • Dan Trent 10 Feb 2012

    Full spec sheet below and there's more in the standalone story here.



    General Information

    Model : Land Rover Defender Big Foot

    Colour : Zambezi Silver

    Registration No : BT55 ZFX

    Chassis No : 710715

    Year of Manufacture : 2006 (By LR Special Vehicles)

    Engine Specification : 5 Cylinder (Td5), 2.5 Litre delivering 124 BHP @ 4200RPM. Max torque 221lbf ft @ 1950RPM.

    Fuel Spec : Diesel

    Transmission : Permanent 4 wheel drive through a LT77 5 speed gearbox with a 2 speed LT230Q transfer box. This vehicle is also fitted with an Ashcroft Underdrive low range unit. Hydraulic clutch 9.25'' dia.
    Transfer box has a manually operated differential lock and additionally has ARB diff lockers.

    Chassis Frame: Ladder chassis frame with detachable centre crossmember

    Suspension Front : Beam axle with long travel coil springs and dampers. Forged radius arm controlling the longitudinal location with a Panhard Rod providing lateral location. Anti roll bar fitted to front suspension.

    Suspension Rear : Beam axle with long travel heavy duty coil springs and dampers. Links provide longitudinal location with an anti roll bar providing roll stability. An 'A' frame provides lateral location.

    Wheels & Tyres : 38'' Wheels with Mickey Thompson 395/70R16 Tyres

    Brakes (inc Park Brake) : Hydraulic Servo Assist, dual circuit, ABS system. Front discs 11.8 ''dia (ventilated). Rear discs 11.4'' dia.
    Transmission Brake 10'' Drum cable operated.

    Steering : Adwest Recirculating Ball Power Steering System. 3.5 turns lock to lock. Heavy duty Drag Link and Track Rod.

    Body : The donor vehicle was a standard 110'' wheelbase station wagon which was then modified to accept the oversize wheels & tyres.

    Electrical System : 12 volt negative earth Split Charge.

    Vehicle History

    This is one of two vehicles modified by Land Rover Special Vehicles to support press launch activities based in Iceland and Morocco. The work, which was extensive, was carried out by Land Rover Special Vehicles and included :-

    • Extended wheel arches to accommodate oversize wheels and tyres.
    • Fitment of ARB differential lockers front and rear plus required compressors.
    • Ashcroft Underdrive.
    • Electrical split charge system.
    • Warn winch.
    • Long travel dampers.
    • Interior roll cage.
    • GPS and satellite phone system.
    • Interior cabin heater.
    The vehicle now resides with the Land Rover Experience Heritage Vehicles based at Solihull.

  • 300bhp/ton 10 Feb 2012

    Caractacus said:
    300, you disapoint me. frown

    You don't know about these beasts?
    Seen pictures of them. But don't know any specifics about them frown

  • Caractacus 10 Feb 2012

    300, you disapoint me. frown

    You don't know about these beasts?

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