Like our previous M6 feature, our first project vehicle of 2007 also began totally by chance. During a dealer visit to our friends at Boardwalk Porsche Audi in Plano, TX, we noticed a shiny black Range Rover Sport parked off to the side. Upon further inspection, we discovered that the 2006 Supercharged Sport, black with black interior and only 7,000 miles on the clock, had just been traded in earlier that morning on a new Cayenne Turbo S. After inquiring about the possibility of dealing the fresh trade to us, a deal was offered that we could not refuse, and after signing on the dotted line, we were on our way again.
Since all Supercharged Rovers have adjustable air suspension and Brembo brake systems straight from the factory, we bypassed the chassis portion of our buildup and went straight to the rolling stock for our first step. Longtime partners DAZZ Motorsport had shown previews of several new styles in their ever-popular Maya lineup at SEMA ’06, and several of them really caught our attention. When the opportunity came to us to be the first in line to demo the new 2007 collection, we did not hesitate. After some brief negotiating, the very first set of the all-new Maya RMT forged wheels, measuring 22x10 front and rear, was delivered to our Southlake warehouse, sporting the new diamond black finish. This unique finish combines the luxurious demeanor of a diamond cut face with the sporty attitude of black accented windows, which along with a triple chrome plated lip, makes for a stunning combination, especially on a black vehicle. We proceeded to wrap the aluminum with Pirelli Scorpion Zero rubber, measuring 295/30/22 at all four corners. This setup ensured we would maintain the overall rolling diameter of the factory tires while giving the Rover an aggressive stance and a smooth, yet sporty, ride.
The second and final stage addressed the bodywork and aerodynamics of our latest project. Our friends at Stuart’s Paint and Body (the same crew on project 997) was called in to handle installation duties on a 12-piece aero package imported from England from UK-based Land Rover tuner Overfinch. This extensive aero package consists of add-on lower front and rear spoilers, as well as a 6-piece lower door molding kit, rounded out back by a pair of laser-etched stainless steel exhaust tips. For maximum visual effect, the crew at Stuart’s expertly molded the lower add-on front spoiler and rear diffuser to the OEM bumpers, thus creating a seamless, OEM quality look. This package really complements the factory body lines of the Rover, giving it a bolder, sportier appearance without looking too tacked on or overdone. As usual, the end results pretty much speak for themselves!
Wheel Experts would like to thank the following for their assistance with Project Rover Sport: Joey and Brandon at DAZZ Motorsport, Mark at Overfinch, Karl and Davis at Boardwalk Porsche Audi, and the crew at Stuart’s for doing such a wonderful job on the installation. Stay tuned for our Spring 07 installment of feature vehicles, coming soon.