What's the story?
If you're after a mobile workshop and ambulance to server overlanders across Africa, you need something special. While this Defender 110 looks like an 'ordinary' Land Rover, Belgian Wounter Tyberghien's creation has taken six months of full-time hard work in his Antwerp Desert Foxx workshop. The result is a Defender more than up to the task of fulfilling Wounter and his wife Sigi's quest to serve the needs of overlanders across Africa.
Despite the engineering excellence on show, Wounter's not a mechanic; his schooling was at a prestigious watchmaker school. He spent 11 years plying that trade in Antwerp, then three as a jeweller – an experience that's come in useful for his current job. 'If you can fix a watch, you can easily fix a Land Rover', is his logic.
Our favourite bit?
Wounter's particularly proud of the fact he's never had to repatriate a vehicle. All problems have been solved on the spot – from a broken exhaust to a faulty gearbox. No challenge has been too great. To offer such a service he needed the best – a specially designed Defender that was more than up to the task. So he built it.
And the verdict from LRO writer Jerome Andre?
The level of precision on this vehicle isn't cheap especially when you consider there are two such vehicles. Each cost £92,000 and took 750 hours to build. But Wounter doesn't regret it, and now he and Sigi have the ultimate assistance Defender. He's run several assistance trips across the globe, including the Transbaobab (a month-long trek through Morocco, Mauritiania, Senegal, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Mali, the Tuareg Rallye in Tunisia, a Romanian trip and the 2013 Croatia Trophy. They came back without a scratch, and rescued every one of their customers and their cars – a job well done.
■ Model: Defender 110 hard top 2.4 TDCi
■ Year: 2011
■ Suspension: Old Man Emu springs, Koni Heavy Track Raid dampers; Terrafirma radius arms and Extreme 4x4 anti-roll bar
■ Axles: Truetrac lockers, Ashcroft Transmission halfshafts and CVs
■ Protection: Ex-Tec diff guards, gearbox and transfer box protection plate; Devon 4x4 D44 fuel cooler and steering guards; Terrafirma tank guard and chequerplate; headlight guards
■ Winch: Warn XP 9.5 with Albright relays; D44 winch bumper
■ Tanks: Front Runner 40-litre fuel tank; custom-made 110-litre fuel tank and 80-litre water tank
■ Body: Safety Devices external roll cage; Front Runner Slimline roof rack and ladder; Autohome tent; Mantec spare wheel carrier; stainless steel side lockers; Sandtracks; Mantec snorkel with cyclone filter
■ Wheels and tyres: 8x16in Performance TX1 rims; 255/85 R16 BF Goodrich KM2 mud-terrains
■ Electrical: Waeco cruise control; 4x Odyssey PC1500 batteries; D44 battery mounts; Sterling battery management system; 6x Warn lights; LED interior lights; 2000-watt power inverter; 15-metre roll of 220-volt cable; drill, grinder, welder; 52-litre National Luna Weekender fridge; Garmin 526 GPS system; Terratrip 202 Plus trip computer; Hella map lamp; roof console for all switches and radios; CB radio; FT-857D Yaesu transceiver and antenna; LED warning lights; sirens; 3.6-metre-high pneumatic light mast with two 500-watt lamps
■ Engine: Uprated intercooler, silicone hoses and ECU remap
■ Inside: Recaro SVX 90 Land Rover seats; Nakatanenga seat rails; Terrafirma bulkhead removal kit; Alpine audio system; Front Runner drawer; drawer for Pelicase toolbox
■ Medical equipment: AED defibrillator; re-animation kit; blood pressure monitor; pulse-oxygen meter; oxygen bottle and masks; general medical supplies
■ Weight: 3450kg fully laden
■ Labour: 750 hours per vehicle