THE YEAR 2000 was the beginning, both of a new millennium and a new dream
– Marc Ward’s “Xtreme” Land Rovers!
It all started at Marc’s idyllic home on the island of Barbados
he decided to turn his dream into reality. At the time, Marc was part of
group of avid Land Rover enthusiasts on the island. He drove a classic 1972
Range Rover himself. Now he wanted to build a “team” of the most extreme
Land Rovers ever built outside of Land Rover’s own shops.
First on the drawing board was an endurance racer capable of anything from
a drive to the supermarket to winning the 7,000 mile Dakar Rally. Next up,
two amazing support vehicles later dubbed “the Rhino Chasers,” featuring
a custom-built trailer made from the rear quarter of a Defender 110. These
would be the ultimate in speed, strength, convenience, quality, comfort and
exclusivity! It took three years, countless hours of brainstorming,
planning and collaboration – and now they’re available for sale to the discriminating
The Land Rover name is universally identified with the definitive four-wheel-drive
vehicle. Theirs is a history of the best in design and engineering. Inspired
by that legacy, when Marc
set out to build his own custom Defenders he was committed to not just meeting
the expectations of Land Rover engineers, but surpassing them!
started out by purchasing his vehicles at a Ministry of Defense auction –
assuring him of vehicles originally built to Land Rover’s most demanding
military specs. Marc’s friend Drew Bowler, one of the finest Land Rover racers
in the world, was able to provide many customized components directly from
Land Rover’s own racing shops – and generally not available at all to the
public! Many other parts were built from scratch to precise
marine and aircraft stardards!
Minute attention was given to every detail. Even the paint job is special
- Marc insisted on using the same coal tar epoxy paint used on supertankers.
The battery cables are marine-grade. The roll cages took three months to
build to Marc’s demanding specs. Even when the Rhino Chasers are
parked, they automatically check the tire pressure. That’s why we believe
it is not an exaggeration in the slightest to claim that these Xtreme Defenders
truly are the ultimate Land Rovers ever available to the general public -
and now they could be yours!