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Range Rover’s Himalayan Hybrids

How can you not be proud of the new Range Rover Hybrid?

10,000 miles of continent crossing, averaging 36 miles per gallon and peerless luxury.

Read the full Land Rover account Journey Across The Top Of The World here.

Roads are a simple concept. But they have histories too…

Whether they are mere tracks or sprawling carpets of motorway, roads are laid to enable point B to be reached from point A. Yet over the centuries the reason for wanting to reach B can change. Several thousand years ago, a major reason for people in the West wanting to go East was to buy silk. That demand, and the curious topography of much of the land in between, triggered the development of a network of trails stretching from the Mediterranean to China that became known as the Silk Road. It was a significant spur to civilisation’s advance from the second century BC until the late 14th century.

In a mission to test the new Range Rover Hybrid, Land Rover decided to drive three of them on a journey that will retrace many of those trails, and place a few challenges under the wheels of the most capable hybrid vehicle in the world.


If you need a Land Rover or Range Rover in which to ‘cross the hump’, we can help you with vehicles, kit, repairs or advice on the best way to cook goat on a camp fire or purify water, so give us a call or visit our website www.mcdonald4x4.co.uk

This article was written by Rupert Astbury

Print Your Own Land Rover

3d Printer McDonald 4X4

Your new garage?

Time and again, we’re told  that buying a brand new car is the second biggest purchase you’ll ever make. So you want to own a car, but you can’t decide which one to spend your hard-earned on? You like the look of this one but the colours of that one, the driving position of this one and the gadgets of that one. Front wheel drive, rear wheel drive or all wheel drive?

What if you could have it all?

3D Printing is having a major effect on manufacturing by providing rapid access to prototypes; the sooner you can see a design in real life, the sooner you can assess it and make changes.

The benefit for Joe Bloggs is that the trickle-down effect has meant an ever-increasing supply of machines for home use, and a year-on year reduction in price. With a 3D Printer capable of creating plastic or metal alloy parts already available for under £1000 you could conceivably be replacing parts suppliers for cosmetic parts with a software program. Scan the old part, and print a new one. As the meerkat said, simples!

McDonald 4X4 Jay Leno Blog

Picture courtesy of Popular Mechanics.com

As you can see in this article in America’s Popular Mechanics blog by Jay Leno, including the comments made by car fanatic readers, the vintage car market is already benefitting considerably from the new technology:

One of the hardships of owning an old car is rebuilding rare parts when there are simply no replacements available. My 1907 White Steamer has a feedwater heater, a part that bolts onto the cylinders. It’s made of aluminum, and over the 100-plus years it’s been in use, the metal has become so porous you can see steam and oil seeping through. I thought we could just weld it up. But it’s badly impregnated with oil and can’t be repaired. If we tried, the metal would just come apart.

So, rather than have a machinist try to copy the heater and then build it, we decided to redesign the original using our NextEngine 3D scanner and Dimension 3D printer. These incredible devices allow you to make the form you need to create almost any part. The scanner can measure about 50,000 points per second at a density of 160,000 dots per inch (dpi) to create a highly detailed digital model. The 3D printer makes an exact copy of a part in plastic, which we then send out to create a mold. Some machines can even make a replacement part in cobalt-chrome with the direct laser sintering process. Just feed a plastic wire–for a steel part you use metal wire–into the appropriate laser cutter.

As an example, see Stuff.co.nz’s story about kiwi Ivan Sentch’s project Aston Martin

Ivan Sentsch's 3d printed Aston Martin DB5

Ivan Sentsch’s 3d printed Aston Martin DB5

Using a $500 Solidoodle 3D printer, Ivan Sentch, a programmer from Auckland, is printing a mold of the the car. “I have been printing since January and I have printed about 72 per cent of everything,” Sentch said…

Once finished, he will make a fiberglass mould of the print and fit that to the engine, electrics, suspension and drivetrain of a 1993 Nissan Skyline. He will then have to build the interior. The project is a labour of love that comes second to his day job and family life and Sentch doesn’t expect to have the mould ready for another 18 months. He won’t be driving the car for another five years.


McDonald 4X4 3D Printed Car

The Strati 3D Printed Car, picture courtesy of The Guardian

The Strati is made by Arizona, USA company Local Motors, and although it’s an electric car, it points the way to a revolution in kit-car building.

So before long, you could see major manufacturers getting in on the game. This Autoexpress article from 2013 discusses the Urbee 3D printed car;

The first Urbee was custom printed using Fused Deposition Modelling – the spaghetti and glue gun approach – to create a honeycomb structure like a bee hive. This material was only used where necessary, giving a light, strong and green structure that performed well in a crash.

For the Urbee 2, all visible components inside and outside the vehicle will be printed in what KOR EcoLogic calls a factory of the future – a bank of printers working on 40 discreet panels, with ducting and wiring incorporated into each printed part.

Read more: http://www.dezeen.com/2013/03/07/road-ready-3d-printed-car-on-the-way/

So it seems that even if it doesn’t happen soon, it could well be worth saving up not for your dream car, but for your own factory…

This article was written by Rupert Astbury

Thicker Than Blood

The New Age Of Brand Marketing For Land Rover’s Discovery

The Geneva motor show saw Jaguar Land Rover confirm that 2015 will see Discovery becoming a Family.

Presumably they’ll be looking for a 3 bed semi; we’d love to see their Rightmove searches…

McDonald 4x4 Defender Challenge by Bowler


Picture courtesy of Jaguar Land Rover

The  season-opening of the Land Rover Defender Challenge Series by Bowler was set in the obviously appropriate Sweet Lamb mountain rally stages of mid Wales.

Edd Cobley and co-driver Allan Jackson took the laurels in an event which mixed mountains with mud and gravel with gentility.

Honourable mention should go to Damien and Sinmon Taft who stopped their stage attack to rescue the impaled Defender of Richard Hayward and co-driver Matt Lister, though the crashed car was over the time limit and so unable to continue to the final stage. You don’t get that in Formula 1!

The 55 mile route is the first of 6 for this year, spread across South Wales, Somerset, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire and Dorset, before the final round takes place in Scotland in mid-November.

Jaguar Land Rover Newsroom:

Speaking at the service centre, Drew Bowler, Managing Director of Bowler Motorsport, said: “We couldn’t be happier with how Round 1 of the Defender Challenge by Bowler has gone.  The cars performed really well and the drivers have clearly enjoyed themselves, with a number of them developing through the day.  The weather delivered some interesting challenges but we all did what we set out to do and the drivers are now up and running on the pathway to rally raid.  The organisation of today’s event was fantastic and we were all delighted with our welcome from the organisers, the other teams and the spectators.”

People wishing to find out more information about the Defender Challenge by Bowler should visit:  www.bowlermotorsport.com. Updates during the race can be found on the @LandroverUKPR twitter feed.

Defender Challenge by Bowler standing after Round 1:

Position Car Driver Co-Driver Time
1 301 Edd Cobley Allan Jackson 66.16.5
2 303 Damien Taft Simon Taft 78.13.5
3 305 Andrew Wicklow Simon Armstrong 79.05.9
4 304 Steve Richards Kevin Handley 96.58.9*
5 302 Richard Hayward Matt Lister Stage 4**

*includes time penalties

**finished Stage 4 but outside of time allocation to progress to Stage 5

If you want to bowled over by our cuddly workshop staff and parts oracles, give us a call, contact details are available on our website www.mcdonald4x4.co.uk

This article was written by Rupert Astbury.