Never heard of Bowler? Neither had we until an email showed up from The Land Rover Chronicles saying the site had exclusive shots of the next one. After a bit of homework we learned Bowler designs and builds rally vehicles based on Land Rover models, it’s current Wildcat 200 featuring a tubular chassis with roll cage and styling inspired by the Land Rover Discovery.
The new Bowler, however, which will be sold as an all-out rally vehicle or a street-legal road vehicle, will be based on the Range Rover Sport and feature a wider track, longer 108-inch wheelbase and a 4.2L supercharged V8 creating 450 bhp and 430 lbs-ft of torque. Bowler claims the new Wildcat, codenamed “Maxim”, can reach 62mph in 4.2 seconds, which is something we’d like to see, or better yet experience for ourselves.
Check out Bowler’s website for some more history on the company and its racing past with such events as the Dakar rally that’s currently being run. The company expects the new rally Rover to be ready in time for next year's Dakar.