Qt Services Wildcat 300STR shows what off-road really means

Article by Christian Andrei, on August 29, 2010

Official details of Qt Services' new road legal Wildcat 300STR have just been revealed. By the looks of it, Qt Services can certainly teach the maker of the Range Rover Sport a lesson on how to equip a vehicle for an off-road trek. The 300STR is equipped with a 4-liter V8 engine, which can develop 3-figure speeds over totally unmade terrain.

This engine also enables the model to go from zero to 60mph in 5.8 seconds. What's surprising is that it still boasts of having decent fuel economy and emission figures.

In a statement released by Qt Services, the company took over production of the Wildcat and has created the meanest road legal off-road vehicle, which can be driven in the City of London in a similar manner than if it was in the "deserts of North Africa."

The Wildcat features a fully welded tubular chassis, 4-wheel drive, 5-point harnesses, heavy duty differentials and drive-shafts, air conditioning, Bluetooth, iPod dock and stereo hi-fi.

Dave Marsh, the boss of Qt Services, said that considering that the 300STR is a two-seater, there are several options available to the owner.

The owner of this first production 300STR has asked specifically for rear storage for his golf clubs. There are three Wildcat variants available -- the 300STR, and the competition models 400NSR and 500DKC.

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First street version of famous Wildcat offroader leaves the production line

Since Qt Services took over production of the Wildcat, they have developed and launched what can only be described as the meanest road legal off-road vehicle, equally at home in the City of London as it would be in the deserts of North Africa.

Powered by an ultra-reliable, 4 litre Rover V8, the 300STR is capable of 3-figure speeds over completely unmade terrain, something that even the ubiquitous Range Rover Sport would look askance at. The secret of the success of this model is the suppleness of its chassis and suspension, derived from its big brothers that compete in 'raid' events such as the gruelling Dakar Rally, which makes it surprisingly easy and comfortable to drive. And in spite of its incredible performance figures - 0-60 in 5.8 seconds – the Wildcat manages to achieve a good balance between performance and economy.

The car pictured not only has the usual Wildcat features that make it almost unbreakable – fully welded tubular chassis, 4-wheel drive, 5-point harnesses, heavy duty differentials and drive-shafts - but also creature comforts such as air conditioning, bluetooth, iPod dock and stereo hi-fi. The boss of Qt Services, Dave Marsh, denies his wife wanted one modified for shopping but does admit to the chassis' versatility allowing for a certain amount of customising: "If you consider that the 300STR is essentially a two-seater, there are a number of options open to you and this first production 300STR has been specified with rear storage for the new owner's golf clubs. We'd love to be there when he rocks up to the clubhouse and parks it next to the Astons and Mercedes! Definitely a head-turner."

Depending on your style of driving, there are three Wildcat variants to choose from - the 300STR (described here), the 400NSR which is a full competition model designed for hill rallies and tout terrain events and the top spec 500DKR which has the full rally raid package for serious and seasoned competitors.

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