In the recent past, the East Coast Defender(ECD) has been churning out some of the most exciting versions of the Land Rover Defender since the Defender's launch in 1948. Examples of this include the Beast and the corvette-engined Project XIII. The company has now built a Defender so cool that it had to set up an entire new division for it. The vehicle, called the Project Viper, is equipped with the standard V8 upgrade and cutting-edge technology. However, it looks rugged enough to gobble up obstacles as it navigates through far-off backwoods.
Even though all East Coast Defenders undergo a comprehensive upgrade, some of them feel like overstated show trucks that are intended to get dirty only after stirring up dust on the highway. But the Project Viper does not belong to this category. According to East Coast Defender, it is the most competent SUV in its stable, and the build certainly seems ready to do some serious off-roading.As a matter of fact, it has already kicked up a lot of dust and sand during its photo shoot.
After its commissioning last year, the Viper receives the standard ECD V8 treatment, acquiring a 6,200 cc,430-horsepower LS3 engine complemented by a six-speed automatic transmission. Heavy-duty KAM axles fitted with electronic locking differentials support 20-inch customized wheels encased with Nitto Mud Grappler and a suspension fitted with Old Man Emu coil springs and King off-road racing shock absorbers to keep things stable and smooth on rough ground.
Additional upgrades beneath the body slabs include stainless steel braided fuel lines, a stainless steel fuel cell, heavy-duty steering arms and Wilwood brakes that feature stainless steel brake lines.
The exterior has a tube-shaped front bumper that holds a WARN winch while LED lamps ensure additional lighting power. At the back, the pickup bed dons diamond-plating seating and toolboxes, a customized swing-tire carrier and rear LED lights. To enhance cabin toughness, the Viper comes with an external roll cage.
Anybody paying US$285,000 for a vehicle that is one of a kind is unlikely to be contented with the interior comfort and design of a Land Rover Defender. As a result, the company has thrown in LED mood lighting, heated white-colored leather seats, air conditioning, power windows , a high-tech Kenwood touchscreen infotainment suite, Morel speakers, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, Wi-Fi, GPS, back-up cam and wireless phone charging. It has also included Moal Bomber gauges from Classic Instruments, a remote alarm/locking system and a dashboard upgrade.
This special vision of the Ultimate Defender has already been bought, but potential buyers who wish to create their own special Defender can do so through the company’s Ultimate Vehicle Concept division. This new division will construct only 10 custom-made SUVs each year in a secluded section of the company’s Rover Dome facility based in Florida. Each customer will be allowed to oversee the design process.
Tom Humble, co-owner of East Coast Defender promises that the company’s UVC (Ultimate Vehicle Concept) Design Studio will offer a luxurious buying experience that is unmatched anywhere in the world. He adds that the company’s clients will be able to totally redesign their Defender while adhering to the Land Rover heritage. Humble also states that every SUV that is made by the facility will be ready to traverse continents or handle the most challenging terrain in a Baja race.
UVC Defenders will be unique versions designed and built without being hampered by annoying budgets. ECD guarantees exceptional-capacity off-road vehicles built to satisfy each buyer’s stringent requirements and standards.