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When TV Production companies and film directors want to go off-road, there can only be one vehicle they'd choose.

Ben Gribbin

Ben Gribbin

December 20, 2011

Hello, I'm the editor of FunRover. I'm a massive Land Rover fan. Currently own a TD5 90. 2015 MR Blogger of the Year


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You guessed it, a Land Rover! Whilst researching into building our very own off-road camera tracking car, we found 2 pretty awesome machines. In fact, we'd go as far as saying one of them is our favourite Land Rover ever!

Wildtrackers VampyreBATT

When you see custom builds in the mags, they throw words around like 'beast' & 'monster' far too often, probably to try and liven up a run-of-the-mill project. This Land Rover is no run-of-the-mill project. And it's not even a monster. It's an out-right, titan! The vehicle was originally a Land Rover 130, so it started out quite big. There's not very much Defender left though, the underwhelming and noisy diesel engine swapped out for a 410 Horsepower Chevy Engine, straight from a corvette. This thing will shift like a Bat, hence the name!

  • Roll cage...fully demountable in 3 sections depending on what is required.
  • Tilt cover over cage for weather protection. Removable in 3 sections as per roll cage.
  • 12 volt on board power to front and rear platforms
  • 240 volt on board power...(underslung/removable 2.1KVA generator.)
  • Roof mounting points for Pursuit Arm crane or Russian Arm.
  • Extra platform for front and rear.
  • Extra plating for bonnet and roof to enable them to be used as platforms.
  • Scaffold fittings for rear deck when roll cage is removed.
  • Peltor Wireless Dectcom intercom system linked to unit radio comms.
  • Front mounted winch to enable vehicle to act as re-positionable crane base for difficult locations and for self loading of kit onto rear.

The mods didn't stop there though, The Land Rover axles were swapped for Dynatrac replacements, brake calipers from an Aston Martin were fitted and to add even more class, a Rolls Royce Merlin engine starter button was thrown into the build. Wildtrackers describe this as a rally raid vehicle built for filming and from the brands and specs they've used, you can see why.

The cab of the 130 remained, though a custom dash was installed which houses all the connectors and inputs for directors to sit in a co-drive seat and monitor what's being filmed. The back of the Land Rover has a large custom aluminium bed which will provide a good base for crane and jib shots on the move. The landy has more connectors and power outlets fitted around the back. Twin shocks have been added on all four corners to help maintain the shock performance when seeing heavy, aggressive use.

The rear load bed has been cleverly designed to offer lot's of set-up configurations. Seats can be attached using a neat cargo rail mod. The entire rear flatbed can be enclosed with a cage, which offers both protection and more camera mounting options. The cage has been shaped so a platfrom can be bolted over the bonnet for a camera operator to sit on.

Not content with having the ability to mount the camera almost anywhere on the vehicle whilst being able to carry half a dozen burly TV crew, the designers went one step further. The VampyreBatt also doubles as a transporter for the smaller VampyreQuad vehicle. What a Land Rover!

Camera Tracking's Land Rover 127

Off-road tracking

Anybody know which beach this is?

And it keeps going on the rougher stuff, even with those A/T tyres.

The 3.9 V8 127 tracking a Datsun

Either they've been pulled or they're filming for The Interceptors on Channel 5.

The crew plot their next move

Here's a 110 Pick-up that's been converted to run on rails - interesting.

It would appear this vehicle has now been retired, after clocking up around 200,000 miles. This vehicle is based around a 3.9 V8 127" chassis. In the cab you find LCD monitors for the driver & director as well as a 4-way walkie talkie system with 6 portable walkie-takies linked into that.

All rigged up with a large crane and what appears to be ballast / storage on the front.

The vehicle has 12V ports around it's body and the camera can be mounted in a variety of positions due to the roll cage and rear-low-level-platform. This can be lowered to just 8 inches from ground - which is close enough on the rough stuff. Unfortunately, this Land Rover has now been retired - but if it's for sale, please do contact us 🙂

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  1. patently says:

    Anybody know which beach this is?

    Mousehole? (St Michael’s Mount in the background?)

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