09 November 2001
09 November 2001
For the 2001 SEMA show, Callaway and Land Rover have teamed up to debut the ""Freelander Supercharged-Performance by Callaway,"" an all-new concept that follows closely on the heels of the Freelander's U.S. introduction. The vibrant Azul Blue concept vehicle elegantly showcases how extraordinary street performance and legendary off- road capability mesh seamlessly in one powerfully engineered package. Sporting a Callaway Freelander badge, the concept defines Callaway's vehicle development philosophy -- as well as the responsiveness, creativity and precision performance engineering capabilities of the Callaway organization.
Developed in just over six weeks, the concept vehicle features a full complement of Callaway enhancements, from extensive engine, chassis and suspension modifications to a beautifully executed exterior design treatment. True to Callaway's engineering approach, the company's entire team of seasoned vehicle specialists -- spanning two continents, three countries, and four separate facilities -- contributed to the project. The result is a concept vehicle that delivers the superior performance and distinctive design that today's driving enthusiast demands, without sacrificing the Freelander's essential character. Supercharged, Super Smooth, Super Efficient -- This Powerplant Compromises Nothing
Callaway's engine development group welcomed the challenge of infusing the Freelander's standard 174-bhp 2.5L naturally aspirated V6 with a significantly higher level of power. The result is a custom-engineered 250-bhp supercharged powerplant, featuring 260 lb.-ft torque at 4000 rpm and a broad, user-friendly powerband. Unofficial performance estimates point to 0-60 mph speeds in the 7.7-second range, with a standing-start quarter mile potential of 15.9 seconds at 89 mph. The concept also delivers impressive 0.93g lateral acceleration.
For a flawless finish, a special Callaway carbon fiber engine cover wraps around the Supercharger, hinting at the engine's remarkable performance. Callaway also designed and fabricated exclusive carbon fiber brake ducts, integrated in the front bumper.
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