The folks at ECD automotive design have a clear affinity for injecting Land Rover Defenders with American muscle. The latest Defender to receive such treatment has been named "Project Storm".

At the heart of this D110-based model is a LS3 6,2-litre V8 engine from the Chevrolet Corvette, allowing this Defender to boast 320 kW sent to all four wheels via a six-speed automatic transmission. A Wildwood sports braking system helps to bring this 4x4 to a halt, while a custom stainless-steel sports exhaust system has been fitted for a thunderous soundtrack.

To ensure Project Storm looks as aggressive as it sounds, the Florida-based tuner has equipped this model (dressed in gloss Corris Grey paint) with a Kahn wide-body kit. Adding stance are 20-inch OEM Stormer wheels, painted in black.

Other features that contribute to the stealthy look are blacked-out LED head- and tail-lamps. For improved illumination, a large LED light bar has been mounted on the roof.

To complement the exterior design cues, charcoal leather seats can be found inside. Carbon-fibre accents are present, too, while the steering wheel has been supplied by Momo. Project Storm also comes with an infotainment system, offering satellite navigation, Bluetooth and USB ports. A new sound system is also included.

No pricing has been made available for this model. However, with previous ECD automotive design Defenders reaching a R2-million price point, this car is expected to come at quite a premium...

Author: Marius Boonzaier