The Coventry based performance engineers have taken the modest Defender and transformed it into a supercharged 475bhp brute.
With the production of the British built Defender all but over for now, the legend gets a serious makeover that arguably leaves it more suited to the track rather than a muddy greenlane.
The brains at JE MotorWorks had been testing the Zulu² at Coventry airport, the only place where they could find the space to let the in-house developed JLR 4.7-litre V8 do its thing. It takes only 4.8 seconds to reach 60mph and 12.6 seconds to hit 100mph.
The Zulu² naturally has a whole host of modifications that include a six-speed tiptronic gearbox, Quaife limited-slip rear diff and four-pin front diff, Fox dampers and AP racing brakes to name but a few.
Jonathan Douglas, Managing Director and Chief Engineer of JE said:
‘It may appear to be straightforward dropping a JLR V8 into a Defender, but the Defender is ancient mechanical infrastructure and the engine is from an era when cars are computers: it's like getting an iPhone playing music via a cassette deck - but we've done it, and we've done it seamlessly thanks to some incredible electronic engineering by the team.’
There is clearly good demand for the tuned up Defender. Iain Macauley, spokesperson for JE told LRO, ‘Three orders (are) just about to go into build, with another three or so in negotiation. They obviously take several months to build from scratch.’
And if you were thinking of ‘Zulufying’ your very own Defender, JE can do that too.
‘Typically, a good condition two-year-old Defender could be turned into a full-on Zulu² for about ￡100k (plus VAT), with some flexibility each way depending upon one or two details.’
The first to roll out their Midlands HQ is a Defender 110 SW in Sonic Grey (pictured) and can be yours for just ￡149,500 if you live in the UK or ￡125,000 for non-UK buyers.
Here’s a video of a Zulu² hurtling down Coventry Airport’s runway:
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