Bowler confirms plans for a super SUV based on the Range Rover Sport

Article by Christian Andrei, on July 27, 2011

There has been plenty of interest on what off-road rally car manufacturer Bowler will introduce next after its Nemesis Dakar racer became a raging success. Who wouldn’t want a custom-built vehicle that can race on just about any terrain? Steve Haywood, Bowler’s managing director, said that the company aims to produce a “Supercar SUV” based on the Range Rover Sport. You should know that Haywood previously served as the chief engineer at Range Rover.

Haywood’s current task for Bowler is to create the fourth-generation model of Nemesis. He said that Bowler’s vehicles have fueled interest for a street-legal version of the competition cars. However, he said that Bowler will be meticulously looking at the positioning and specifications in order to “maintain the pedigree.”

Haywood told autocar.co.uk that Bowler which was recently bought by CPP, which also owns Spyker and is in talks to acquire Zagato, has the capacity to build 15-20 rally raid vehicles annually. Haywood predicts that the demand for road-going versions will increase to about 150 to 200 a year. He believes that its customers will be those who require a 4X4 that performs better than most models on the market.

The Bowler Off-Road is already celebrated when it comes to a rally raid vehicle. With the Bowler EXR Nemesis, it hopes to display this rather extreme sports car that expresses its motorsport tradition but removes any restriction in order to deliver an adrenaline-fueled ride, whether on the highway or off-road. Powering this magnificent car is the supercharged 5-liter V8 engine with maximum power at 600 BHP.

There is however the option of having the more restrained unit which is the TDV6 3-liter engine having peak power of 291 BHP. Paired to this engine is the automatic 6-speed transmission which is combined with an independent double wishbone suspension, roll bars for the front and the rear, spaceframe chassis, and composite body. The rugged Bowler EXR Nemesis will roar into action at this year’s Race Car Live!, which will be held on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st November at Brand Hatch.

The Bowler EXR Nemesis will be part of the Race Car Live! this year and will be held at Brand Hatch on Saturday, November 20, and Sunday, November 21. While the Nemesis will be seeing some action, the EXR prototype will go through the paces at Brands Hatch Indy. In fact, those who want to learn more about this version will get the chance to enjoy the ride as a passenger. The World Off-Road Rally has been known to have the harshest of race tracks and the Nemesis was designed in order to meet these demands.

As a background, the Nemesis had managed to complete the Dakar Rally. Powering the Nemesis are three types of V8 engines: a 4-liter model, 4.2-liter version, and a 4.4-liter unit. While Bowler’s off-road Wildcat race car is now owned by Qt Services, this is the same model that served as the basis for the Nemesis. Ever since the Qt team started work on the production version back in 2007, they have managed to build a new range of Wildcats, all of which are road legal. It will also be participating during the show.

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