car specs

The first ever full expedition
Land Rover Discovery3.

Why Land Rover Discovery?

At the beginning we had two car options in mind: Toyota or Land Rover. Talks proved more fruitful with LR Greece so our next dilemma was which model. We opted for the Discovery3 because Defender was obsolete in Greece and with no commercial interest. The Discovery3 was voted best in its class by 4TPOXOI magazine in 2005 and was the only car valid to be featured on the travel articles of the expedition.  

Sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover

Late 2006 Land Rover of Greece requested from Jaguar Land Rover a special treatment for the Discovery3 that would be ordered on behalf of TheWorldOffroad expedition. The green TDV6 S car arrived in Greece with a 15k euros discount and a final price of 52k including the G4 Challenge Pack. 50% of the car cost was covered by LR of Greece and 50% by TheWorldOffrad and was paid in 48 monthly installments.

The right staff

Roverland Gabletsas workshop in Likovrisi of Athens was proposed by Land Rover Greece as the best workshop for the preparation of the expedition car. Works started in February 2007 and were completed in April thanks to the efforts of the team supervised by Spyros Koltsidas in cooperation with Outback Import, King Springs and Overfinch.  

SUV turned to expedition vehicle

We needed a rugged, reliable but sporty and practical 4x4 and at the time the Discovery3 was the best option in the market. The transformation of the luxury SUV to expedition vehicle was minimal but substantial. The rear part of the interior was removed to fit two sturdy lockers for tools, kitchen equipment and electronic hardware. A 2,20x1,30 m Maggiolina tent with a solar panel was fitted on the roof. A solar supported secondary battery provided energy to a 12-220V inverter.    

High tech & one of a kind

The development of our expedition Discovery3 provided us a car with unique characteristics. The engine mapping by Overfinch was thoroughly developed and tested by Roverland Gabletsas to provide us the maximum possible torque on the lower end. Jam Sport designed and developed silver, handmade, rally type shock absorbers that Overfinch commercialised aftermath in lighter version. Only two sets of coil springs were manufactured by Australian King Springs. 

The car today

The car is in excellent conditions and permanently parked in a fresh garage in Italy. We regularly take it for a spin once every single week. The odometer shows 197k kilometres of which 167k were done in the trip. Engine and turbo have done only 95k kilometres and many components (rear diff, central axle, rack & pinion, shock absorbers, rear door) were replaced during our trip and the battery is brand new. The rear section of the interior looks like brand new as it was not used in the trip. 

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

Model Year 2007
Doors/seats 5Edit data of this car/5
Colour Tonga green
Maximum speed 180 km/hEdit data of this car
0 - 100 km/h 11.5 secEdit data of this car
Fuel capacity 192 lt (82 + 110)Edit data of this car
Dimensions  4835 x 2009 x 1887 mm
Wheelbase  2885 mm
Engine layout  V6 front longitudinal
Displacement 2720 cc
 Power  225 PS / 4000 rpm
 Torque Edit data of this car440 Nm / 1900 rpm
 Fuel System  Diesel common rail
 Valvetrain Edit data of this carDOHC, 4 valves/cylinder
 Bore x Stroke Edit data of this car81 x 88 mm
 Compression ratio Edit data of this car18:1
Transmission ZF 6 speed manual - 4WD
Suspension layout Independent - double wishbone
Brakes  Front & rear ventilated discs
Consumption  12,3 lt/100 km
Standard weight  2528 kg
Expedition weight  3460 kg
Tyres standard  235/70-17
Tyres Africa Cooper Tires  245/70-17
Tyres Asia - America Edit data of this carBF Goodrich All Terrain 245/75-17

EXPEDITION EQUIPMENT

G4 Challenge Package
Warn 9,500 lbs (4.3 ton) winch
Bull bar with auxiliary headlights
Snorkel
Roof rack
Dog guard
Headlight shields

Overfinch 225 hp engine mapping
developed and tested by Roverland Gabletsas

Jam Sport Package
Handmade, individually designed, rally type shock absorbers 

Kaymar Package
110 lt auxiliary fuel tank in spare wheel compartment,  double spare wheel carrier and metal rear bumper 

Autohome Maggiolina roof tent
provided by Zampetas Camping Megastore in Thessaloniki 

King Springs
heavy duty yellow coil springs 

Navarino Satellite communications
Thrane Explorer 500 Inmarsat 384 kbps terminal
Skywave D+ Pole Star position reporter
Motorola 9505A Satellite phone

Conergy Solar System

75W solar panel on roof tent, auxiliary, fast charge 45h battery in engine compartment connected via switch to main battery, 12-220V inverter 

Garmin 276C GPS Map 

Waeco CDF26 21 lt cool freeze
provided by Zampetas Camping Megastore in Thessaloniki 

4kinisi Mag package
Sand ladders & 60 lt water tank