Bowler Motorsport manufactures off-road racing vehicles based on both the Land Rover Defender and Range Rover Sport chassis. Located in Belper, Derbys, the owner - Drew Bowler - originally designed and produced the Bowler 'Tomcat' which was raced very successfully in the UK. They then launched the 'Wildcat' for European racing in the Rally Raid series. The Wildcat particularly came to fame on an episode of Top Gear when driven by Richard Hammond. It subsequently sold well and has since been raced off-road extensively, helping Bowler to become the second largest manufacturer on the 2007 Paris-Dakar rally.
On the back of the successful Tomcat, they announced their next project, known as the 'Nemesis', in late 2009. The slowdown in the world economy temporarily curtailed their plans, however, the new vehicle was finally relaunched as the' EXR' in 2014. The mega high-performance road version, known as the EXR-'S', was to follow in 2015 when this car -chassis no.1 - was finally produced. It was definitely worth the wait!
This EXR-S, which is chassis no.1 and the first of only 3 right-hand drive examples, is built on a UK right-hand drive Range Rover Sport chassis which has been hydroformed and integrates a full FIA roll cage. The engine, which has been relocated substantially further back in the chassis for improved weight distribution, is a 5.0 litre V8 supercharged unit giving 550 BHP and an amazing 625 nm of torque.
0-60mph comes up in just 4.2 seconds and it is electronically limited to 250 kph.
The gearbox is a 6 speed automatic with paddle shift and features a special 'E' control rear differential and transfer gearbox and 50/50 permanent four-wheel drive.
The suspension is double wishbone and fully independent front and rear, with bespoke Bilstein dampers and Eibach progressive springs, - giving 285mm of suspension travel.
Brakes come courtesy of Brembo with 6 pot calipers, 360mm discs on the front, and 4 pot calipers, 340mm discs on the rear. Wheels are 22 inch with 305/35/R22 tyres.
The body is made of light weight composite (the whole vehicle only weighs 1850Kgs) and features as standard:
Bi-Xenon self-levelling head lights
Heated front and rear screen
Heated electric door mirrors
Central locking and power steering
2 Racing seats
Passive keyless ignition
Dual climate control
Electric park brake
Carbon door cards
Rally dashboard with competition detailing
Pioneer stereo CD (with Bluetooth and I-Pod compatibility) and enormous speakers in the rear.
But all that pales into insignificance when you drive it! What a machine. Absolutely enormous chunks of torque make the car pull away like a rocket powered tractor and the performance is genuinely mind blowing. All that whilst being sat in an excellent cockpit, with an outstanding driving position, and all the creature comforts of a modern Range Rover!
This car, chassis #1, was built in 2015 for a private client of Silverstone Auctions and has covered just 480 miles from new. It is, therefore, a unique opportunity to acquire the latest top of the range "All terrain Supercar" for a fraction of the cost new today, which is £155,000 plus VAT ex-works.
Source: Silverstone Auctions