Let's just say, hypothetically, that you wanted to maintain a ridiculously high rate of speed over open terrain for extended periods of time. What would your vehicle of choice be? A Ford F-150 SVT Raptor? Not bad, but where's the exclusivity? If you really wanted a road-legal vehicle that was built specifically for dominating any terrain you come across, the Qt Services Wildcat (formerly Bowler Offroad) should be your go to ride. In 300STR trim, the tube-frame terror packs a 4.0-liter V8, tough four-wheel drive bits and civilized traits like air-conditioning and an iPod dock. Hey, just because you're surviving the zombie apocalypse doesn't mean you have to suffer.
Of course, buyers looking to take on various forms of cross country motorsport can step up to either the 400NSR or the 500DKR – both designed to take on either hill climb races or all-out rally raids depending on your preferences (and budget). If all of this sounds tasty, you're in luck. The first Wildcat 300STR just rolled off of the Qt Services assembly line. Hit the jump to check out the full press blast.
[Source: Qt Services]
Since Qt Services took over production of the Wildcat, they have developed and launched what can only be described as the meanest road legal off-road vehicle, equally at home in the City of London as it would be in the deserts of North Africa.
Powered by an ultra-reliable, 4 litre Rover V8, the 300STR is capable of 3-figure speeds over completely unmade terrain, something that even the ubiquitous Range Rover Sport would look askance at. The secret of the success of this model is the suppleness of its chassis and suspension, derived from its big brothers that compete in 'raid' events such as the gruelling Dakar Rally, which makes it surprisingly easy and comfortable to drive. And in spite of its incredible performance figures - 0-60 in 5.8 seconds – the Wildcat manages to achieve a good balance between performance and economy.
The car pictured not only has the usual Wildcat features that make it almost unbreakable – fully welded tubular chassis, 4-wheel drive, 5-point harnesses, heavy duty differentials and drive-shafts - but also creature comforts such as air conditioning, bluetooth, iPod dock and stereo hi-fi. The boss of Qt Services, Dave Marsh, denies his wife wanted one modified for shopping but does admit to the chassis' versatility allowing for a certain amount of customising: "If you consider that the 300STR is essentially a two-seater, there are a number of options open to you and this first production 300STR has been specified with rear storage for the new owner's golf clubs. We'd love to be there when he rocks up to the clubhouse and parks it next to the Astons and Mercedes! Definitely a head-turner."
Depending on your style of driving, there are three Wildcat variants to choose from - the 300STR (described here), the 400NSR which is a full competition model designed for hill rallies and tout terrain events and the top spec 500DKR which has the full rally raid package for serious and seasoned competitors.