A few years ago, German car enthusiasts Thomas Belle and Holger Calvelage came up with the idea of building an unusual long-nosed Land Rover Defender. The modification they invented was called “Bell Aurens Longnose”.
Land Rover Bell Aurens Longnose is a unique SUV featuring a long hood with a maximum rearward cockpit and a yacht-style rear. The interior of the car is also designed in retro style. It features small Brooklands windshields, an oversized three-spoke steering wheel, Smiths gauges, and clicking toggle switches.
Interestingly, according to the original idea, under such a long hood there was to be a 27.0-liter Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine with a capacity of 1,500 hp, which at one time was equipped with fighters of the Second World War.
Alas, the developers had to abandon this idea, as the German car licensing authority had concerns about the safety of such an unusual vehicle. As a result, the long-nosed car received quite a standard 4.6-liter V8 engine with 235 horsepower from Rover, which allows the car to accelerate to 168 km / h.
At the moment, the Bell Aurens Longnose modification exists in a single copy. Such an SUV was built back in 2008, and the Germans wanted to establish small-scale production of the model, but due to the global economic crisis, the idea had to be postponed indefinitely.
The authors noted that each of the subsequent copies of the modification will be developed taking into account the individual wishes of customers, but within a certain set of options. The Germans found it difficult to name the cost of an unusual SUV, while the basic version with a standard rear end and the original engine was estimated at about 125,000 euros.
At one time, the developers also promised the opportunity to order a car with a V16 unit, which is essentially two conventional V8s combined in series. The approximate working volume of this unit is about 10 liters, and the capacity is 700 hp.
Note that at the time of 2012, the first and only assembled long-nosed Land Rover cost 235,000 euros. This car has survived to this day, while its current owner is a certain entrepreneur from the food industry, who wished to remain anonymous.