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SEMRA modifies Land Rover Discovery for mountain rescues

The modded Land Rover will be aiding in mountain rescues in Ireland.

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Very few use their Land Rover Discovery for what it was built to be capable of doing. The South Eastern Mountain Rescue Squad (SERMA) is one exception. They have modified a Discovery to aid them in their mountain rescues throughout the Galtee, Knockmealdown, Comeragh and Blackstairs mountains.

SERMA has attended 100 rescues over the last three years, in a variety of conditions hazardous to both themselves and vehicles. The team chose the Discovery to aid in their efforts because of its capability, comfort, and space.

SERMA Land Rover Discovery

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The all-volunteer organization provides the only search and rescue service for those on the mountains of south east Ireland and covers one of the largest areas of any mountain rescue team in the UK and Ireland. They operate 24/7/365 attending to rescues in populated and remote locations.

"There is no other service available to go up the mountains, but we have the skills, the training and the vehicles to do it," Terry Brophy, SERMA Team Leader. "The great thing about the Discovery is that we can fit a stretcher in the back with the medic seated alongside. Land Rovers are synonymous with mountain rescue in the UK and Ireland and there's a reason for that – they are by far the best vehicles available."

The modifications to the Discovery include the addition of emergency and first aid kit, powerful emergency lighting, a roof box, additional interior lighting and rear stowage nets.

The nuts and bolts of the Discovery remain the same. It still has nearly 85 cubic feet of loadspace, which is enough to accommodate a stretcher, and three rows of seating, which helps to get crew members to an incident site.

SEMRA isn’t the first rescue and responder organization Discovery has enabled throughout its long tenure. Land Rover has a rich history of aiding the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, even enlisting them to help with the development of the new iteration of the Land Rover Defender.

Check out the SEMRA team in action during a live training rescue:

Land Rover Discovery – Reaching New Heights with SEMRA www.youtube.com

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The Twisted NAS-E California Series is a new all-electric 4x4.

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Earlier this year, a luxury 4x4 retailer in Austin, Texas showed off the Twisted NA-V8, a vehicle based on a classic Defender that comes in five different body styles. Now a limited run of 30 Twisted NAS-E all-electric 4x4 is bowing.

The NAS-E is born of the classic Land Rover Defender 90 body with a soft top and features an electric powertrain, a luxurious interior, and impressive off-roading capability. Each model is compliant with all North American EV Regulations and California CARB regulations.

Twisted NAS-E and NAS-E Plus

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"As the world moves steadily toward mass electrification, the Californian market has been missing a uniquely stylish electric 4x4 option that can stand out at the beach, off-road and at stoplights with a level of exclusivity and prestige that can only come from the timeless British Defender form," said Bruce Riggs, COO, Twisted North America. "With color schemes reflecting the natural beauty of California, a removable soft top shape to fully live the elements, advanced electric powertrain engineering exclusive to Twisted, zero-emission power, practical battery range and luxuriously modern interior touches, the Twisted NAS-E is the ultimate expression of the American coastal lifestyle."

The model is the first hero vehicle of the Twisted Legacy collection. It will be sold in two trim levels: NAS-E and NAS-E Plus. The difference mainly comes down to the power allocation. The NAS-E will be powered by a Remy Borg-Warner motor delivering more than 280 pound-feet of torque and 214 brake horsepower. The NAS-E Plus sees its output upped to 309 pound-feet of torque and 320 brake horsepower.

Twisted NAS-E Malibu Photo courtesy of Twisted

Twisted says that the model has a 200-mile range from its 60 kilowatt-hour battery pack.

The SUVs have custom-valved dampers, six-piston front brakes, four-piston rear brakes, hard-use RS29 brake pads, and a traction control system. Four-wheel drive is standard. There are Sport, Eco, and Off-Road drive modes.

The model will be offered in three color options: Malibu, Yosemite, and Tahoe. They will make up the California Series of the models, a limited time 30-vehicle offering.

Twisted NAS-E Tahoe Photo courtesy of Twisted

The NAS-E comes with a good list of features: cream leather seats featuring Alston Alcantara inserts, a three-seat bench across the front row with detachable headrests, 4x tip ups located in the load area, Twisted Sport Wheels finished in silver, a Twisted Stage One front end, NAS roll cage, Bimini hood, an infotainment system, EV management system touch screen, raptored 'spray down' unique flooring, eight-channel audio system, rearview camera with wideview angle, GPS tracker, immobilizer, and air conditioning.

The NAS-E Plus builds on that to include a NAS brush bar, NAS side steps, roll-bar spotlights, NAS-E body stripe decal, and black side sills.

Twisted offers the model with a comprehensive 24-month/20,000-mile warranty. Extensions are available.

Twisted NAS-E Malibu Photo courtesy of Twisted

The Twisted NAS-E starts at $185,000 while the NAS-E Plus comes in at $210,000. Each has a lead time of approximately nine months and requires a fully refundable deposit to reserve. Limited test drives will be available early October 2020.

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This 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe has been modded for off-roading.

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Most but their Porsche 911 for its good looks and high speed capabilities. A select few have the sense to buy one for its safari capabilities.

This 1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe is currently listed on Cars & Bids, ready time deliver a rally experience for the right buyer.

In November 2019, the 911 Carrera was professionally converted to a Safari replica. The conversion cost over $10,000 and utilized Elephant Racing parts.

This 911 Carrera was professionally converted into a Safari replica using Elephant Racing parts in November 2019. Service records confirm the seller spent over $10,000 having a taller suspension installed and making the necessary modifications to accommodate it.

1984 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

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The long list of modifications includes all-terrain tires, mud flaps, Elephant Racing Safari suspension kit, strut bar, modified brake lines, relocated fuel pump, M&K muffler, front fog lights, a custom front bumper, fiberglass rear bumper, roof rack, decals on both sides, a RennShift shifter with wooden shift knob, and JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker.

Additional alterations include a 26.4-gallon fuel tank, LED headlights, a Momo steering wheel, and a five-point racing harness at each of the front seats.

It has a Ruby Red Metallic exterior paint job and a maroon interior.

The rear-wheel drive 911 comes powered by an air-cooled 3.2-liter flat-six engine that is paired with a five-speed manual transmission. The engine achieves 200 horsepower and 185 pound-feet of torque. It was rebuilt in 2004.

It has 156,000 miles on the odometer. According to the Cars&Bids website, the AutoCheck history report “notes that this car's odometer was once described as exceeding its mechanical limits."

The Porsche rides on 16-inch wheels, has power window and seats, and an aftermarket CD player. Its interior features leather upholstery.

Like any true off-roader of its age, there are small scratches throughout the model.

The Elijay, Georgia-based seller assures that it comes with a clean title from Florida.

An Omega Speedmaster Automatic 38mm watch (reference 175.0033) is included with the sale. That watch features a rally-style leather band that is nearly a perfect match for the car's interior.

Current bidding for the car is up past $30,000.

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