Little-Known Facts about the Land Rover Range Rover
- World famous popstar Justin Bieber owns a customized 2012 Land Rover Range Rover that costs about $160,000. The vehicle was converted by A. Kahn Design, an automobile engineering company based in Bradford, England. Improvements include a posh interior design, leather upholstery, a premium sound system and an upgraded Cosworth engine.
- Spencer King, the creator of the Range Rover, criticized owners of the vehicle in an interview back in 2004. King intended the Rover to be an off-road vehicle to be used through various types of terrain. The creator grew frustrated with the fact that people were using the Rover just to driver around the city, regarding such activity as "completely stupid" and calling people who engage in such activity as pompous, self-important and deeply unattractive.
- The very first Range Rover made can be seen at the Land Rover Centre in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The vehicle was a green model and its registration number was YYV151H.
- Ideas that would eventually lead to the Range Rover had been brewing since the early 1950's. Land Rover initially started the Road Rover project which was eventually shelved by the end of the decade. The project would be revived in 1966 by Spencer King and Gordon Bashford. This would eventually bear fruit in the form of a prototype with chassis number 100.1. The rest was history.
- A fire truck converted from a Range Rove is in use by the Royal Air force and the Royal Navy, and is dubbed the Truck Fire-Fighting Airfield Crash Ton 6x4 Rescue Mark 2 Range Rover or the TACR2 in short.
- Land Rovers weren't initially available to people in the United States, to the chagrin of many. Potential buyers had to source the Land Rovers through other channels in the gray market. Land Rover became officially available to the American public in March 17, 1987.
- The reliability and the robustness of the Range Rover made it a favorite vehicle for drivers who want to explore the wilderness. In fact, the British Trans-American Expedition trekked through both North America and South America, travelling from one end to the other. Modified Range Rovers were used for this expedition and are on display on the British Motor Heritage Trust Collection in Gaydon, Warwickshire.