Range Stormer Hood Lettering

Land Rover’s recent track record when it comes to moving concept vehicles into production is quite consistent. The Land Rover Land_e virtual concept showcased a number of technologies that are now in use on production models. The Range Stormer seen at the bottom of this article transformed into the Range Rover Sport, filling the gap between the LR3 — later the LR4 — and the Range Rover. In the first part of this article, we looked at the DC100 and the Land Rover LRX, both important concept vehicles for the company. The DC100 replaces the Defender in 2015, and the LRX became the Evoque for the 2012 model year.

Land Rover Land_e (2006)

Land Rover Land_eIntroduced in 2006, the Land Rover Land_e was a virtual concept designed to showcase Land Rover’s e_Terrain Technologies. The e_Terrain Technology suite is a collection of environmentally-friendly systems designed to reduce fuel consumption and reduce emissions while maintaining — or even improving — the capabilities for which Land Rovers are known.

Together, the integrated e_Terrain Technologies could improve fuel economy by up to 33 percent. However, Land Rover is taking a piecemeal approach to implementing the technologies on production vehicles. For example, the Range Rover Evoque takes advantage of weight reduction and material recycling and the 2012 LR4 features an Intelligent Power Management System with Smart Regenerative Charging. Marketing-speak translation: whenever possible, the alternator charges the LR4’s battery only when it is most economical to do so.

While not necessarily showcased on the Land_e virtual concept itself, Land Rover’s e_Terrain Technologies include other, less technological, approaches to lessening the environmental impact of Land Rover vehicles. As mentioned, weight reduction and material recycling are an important part. Additional developments include the use of eight-speed transmissions for improved efficiency, diesel particulate filters, optimized engine calibration, low-rev engine idle speeds, reduced torque converter slip, higher torque outputs, clutched air conditioning pump for reduced power losses, and optimised aerodynamics.

e_Terrain Technologies  

  • Integrated Electric Rear Axle Drive (ERAD)
  • Integrated Starter-Generator (ISG)
  • Innovative Propshaft with Seamless Re-connect
  • Power-shift Automated Manual Transmission
  • Terrain Response e-Mode
  • Bio-Diesel or Bio-Ethanol Fuel Compatibility
  • Intelligent Thermal Program (ITP)
  • Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS)
  • Intelligent Management of Electrical Systems (IMES)

Land Rover Land_e Front View

Range Stormer (2004)

Range StormerIf you drive a Range Rover Sport, you can thank the Range Stormer for making it happen. From the outset, the Range Stormer was designed to preview the Range Rover Sport, which slotted between the Land Rover LR3 and the full-size Range Rover. The Range Stormer was equipped with a supercharged V8 and was painted in a disctincive orange hue, both of which were carried over into production. When introduced, the 2006 Range Rover Sport would feature a Supercharged V8 trim along with Vesuvius Orange paint. However, some of the more fanciful systems on the Range Stormer did not make it into production. Most notable were the two-piece doors. The top half of the door folded up (scissor action or “Lamborghini” doors) while the bottom half folded down and out, creating a step.

The Range Stormer was also notable because it was designed for on-road as well as off-road performance; something that hinted at the future of the Range Rover line. This “breadth of capability” as Land Rover then called it, was achieved in production by combining the luxury of a Range Rover with the underpinnings of the LR3 (including Terrain Response) and adding to the mix a potent supercharged engine. 

Terrain Response

When the Range Stormer was making the show rounds, Land Rover’s Terrain Response system was still new, having been introduced for the 2005 model year on the LR3 (Discovery 3). Land Rover took the opportunity to showcase its still-new terrain handling system on the Range Stormer. The technology would find its way from the concept to the first-year production Range Rover Sport in 2006. It is now standard equipment on all Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles sold into the U.S. market.

Range Stormer Concept Rear View

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January 17, 2012


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