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The Evolution of RPi's 1996 Range Rover P38


Starting life as a 4.0 litre in 1996 this particular P38 Range Rover was not to find its way to RPi until it had already covered around 100 Thousand miles. An ideal little project for RPi then :-)

So with its uncared for, cracked 4.0 litre needing replacement it was clear that we couldn't just fit a stock motor so a custom built 4.8 litre engine was installed.

With the 4.8 litre engine installed some professional photo's were instigated.

Read on for what happened next and an off road video!!

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With the 4.8 litre engine destined for another project a new 5.2 litre engine was built for even more torque! An LPG conversion was also installed and our bespoke 135 litre LPG capacity was developed.

Along with this some sign writing boosting of this P38's LPG conversion and 5.2 Litre V8 engine.

LPG Dual Fuel + "5.2 V-Max" Power

Used for shows and trips abroad this P38 was proving to be a very reliable vehicle and also now a much loved one.

Not only used for its comfort on long trips we were more than happy to put it through its paces. Although only on road tires and with no electronic traction control (remember its started as the 4.0 litre SE) it would still do most things asked of it on a purpose built off road course.

Decision time!

  Keep the old girl or change to a new model Range Rover?

An easy choice!

  With its sound running gear, no corrosion to the body work and excellent service to us over the years there was no way we were going to change.

So a fresh lick of paint with some painted artwork to catch your eye. A new set of wheels just to help her stand out that little bit extra and an excellent condition leather interior from a P38 we were breaking for spares all we had to do was wait for the mileage to clock the 200 Thousand mark.

So its now covered in excess of 200,000 miles, is still going strong, still being used for a testbed for some new RPi efficiency/power improvements and is always being used as a workhorse.

The above speedo picture was taken in 2003 on an Autobahn on one of its many trips to Germany. Just touching 135 mph however with an old style digital camera the picture was taken about 3 seconds after the button and throttle pedal were released.

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