Range Rover Evoque rally version coming? patent found

Some intriguing patent images have surfaced online showing what appears to be a rally-ready version of the Range Rover Evoque. The patent was apparently filed in China.

Range Rover Evoque rally version-side

The background behind the images and what Range Rover is planning is a little hazy at this stage, with two main possibilities floating about; a rally team could be looking to patent a specific race design, or, Range Rover could be planning to build a limited number of race-ready off roaders.

Judging by some of the features, it’s going to be a very serious rally vehicle. There’s a large bash plate under the front apron, guttered out wheel arches for maximum wheel travel, big vents in the bonnet, and a huge roof snorkel on top.

Range Rover Evoque rally version

There is a bit of a history in regards to dedicated and completely stripped out race-prepared Range Rovers. You only need to take a look at any of the Bowler creations to see what we’re talking about.

Bowler and Range Rover announced a partnership deal last year, which further hints that this could be a future limited-run production model.

Whatever it is, a full unveiling is expected to take place at the 2014 Beijing Auto Show in April given the Chinese connection to this patent application.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.

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