2013 Land Rover Defender
Year of manufacture2013
2013 Land Rover Q40 Defender 110 XS by TECNIQ
Registration no. BN63 RAF
Chassis no. SALLDHYP7DA446276
Engine no. 2515 EF01A19071120343
British automotive engineering specialists, TECNIQ, honour one of the longest serving aircraft of the Royal Air Force this year, with a truly bespoke, uniquely designed and engineered vision of a British automotive stalwart. This specially commissioned 'Q40 Defender by TECNIQ' has been inspired by the iconic twin-rotor Chinook aircraft, which recently celebrated its 40th year of active service. The money raised from the sale of the vehicle will be used to help deliver the RAF Association's vital welfare work.
This one-off Q40 Defender has undergone a complete redesign and rebuild by the in-house specialist team at TECNIQ, taking subtle design cues from the aircraft for both the interior and exterior. At each stage, the TECNIQ team has worked to improve the performance, dynamics, and efficiency of the original model, while also enhancing the look and feel of the vehicle through careful selection of materials. A military approach to attention to detail has been maintained throughout the project, and the result is a vehicle that is as elegant in its details as it is purposeful in its abilities.
The exterior bodywork of the Q40 Defender by TECNIQ has been hand-finished in complementing shades of gloss and matte dark green, carefully matched to the camouflaged bodywork of the aircraft. The use of lightweight carbon fibre for the custom-designed grille, wheelarch extensions, and bonnet and fender vents further enhance the exterior design, while tactile hand-stitched marine leather is used to wrap around the bespoke anodised aluminium door handles. A graphic representation of the famous twin-rotor design, inspired by the flying suit badges worn by the aircrew, is subtly depicted on the rear of the vehicle through a matte paint finish.
Inside, the application of hand-crafted luxury materials and highly technical production methods creates a uniquely purposeful environment for the occupants. Further engineering enhancements have been applied to a 'twin zoned' 2+2 seating configuration, with each element being designed and manufactured in-house by the TECNIQ team. Lightweight carbon fibre racing seats are upholstered in hand-stitched Bridge of Weir leather with sheepskin inserts in a subtle nod to the Chinook's seating. Mirroring the cockpit set-up, the front of the cabin is luxuriously upholstered with dark materials, including the quilted roof lining, while a newly designed steering wheel alongside a heavily reconfigured, ergonomically optimised instrument cluster and centre console have also been installed. All touchpoints throughout the interior have been re-engineered with tactile, precision-engineered materials, again with military design influence. A custom-designed, high-level control console also now houses repositioned switch gear, and the gear selector is also uniquely designed for the Q40 Defender. The luxurious rear seating area features a lighter grey finish, echoing the load area of the Chinook, installed with a further bespoke centre console and two individual seats, while further back the rear luggage compartment uses the webbing taken from the load bay of the aircraft. With an upgrade to the electrical systems throughout the vehicle, the interior is also finished with the inclusion of submarine lighting.
The engineering brief for the Q40 Defender project has ensured that it is now more capable and beautifully appointed than ever before, with precision engineering evident throughout. Beneath the striking exterior upgrades, and reinforcing the purposeful look, is a dynamic set-up to ensure it is as refined to drive on road as it is capable to drive off road. Power is delivered from a Mustang-derived Ford EcoBoost 2.3-litre turbo engine with remapped ECU to develop 307bhp and 432Nm of torque, coupled to an upgraded six-speed automatic transmission. Ride and handling have been extensively enhanced and the chassis redeveloped by the specialist team at TECNIQ's Classic Racing department. The all-new suspension system now features programmable dampers, upgraded anti-roll bars and bushing, and lowered coil springs. Braking performance has also been significantly enhanced and the system now features six-piston callipers with 345mm discs to the front, paired with four-piston 330mm discs to the rear.
In addition to the exquisitely finished vehicle, this Lot includes hospitality for up to four people at the prestigious RAF Club in central London (usually restricted to those who serve and have served in the Royal Air Force) where you will be joined by individuals who have flown the Chinook on global operations, a genuine RAF Chinook crew members' flying suit, and a bespoke, signed commemorative image of the Chinook and Q40 Defender and 18(B) Squadron print.
All proceeds from the sale of the Q40 Defender by TECNIQ will go towards the RAF Association's welfare work providing life-changing help and support to serving personnel, veterans, and their families whenever they are in need.
Terms and conditions
The visit to the RAF Club is for a maximum of four guests to be undertaken on a mutually agreed date. Please advise us of any dietary /access needs when the date is confirmed. The visit must be undertaken by 17 September 2023. Please contact [email protected] to arrange booking.