Land Rover South Africa has released a unique, once-off Range Rover Sport SVR in support of the Springboks ahead of their 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign. The Range Rover is painted with a stunning Springbok green coat and has the Bok decals on its hind quarter panels.
Land Rover South Africa teamed up with the United Kingdom’s branch of Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) and the South African Rugby Union (Saru) to create this one-of-a-kind vehicle – the only Range Rover Sport SVR to wear the iconic green hue of the national rugby team. The development team used the exact Pantone colour of the Bok jersey for the paint on the Range Rover.
Exterior and interior pay tribute to Springboks
Other bespoke changes to the vehicle include Springbok insignias and logos on the front and rear treadplates and the B-pillars – a Land Rover badge usually appears in these locations. The Range Rover also has yellow brake calipers and black rims to finish off its unique exterior styling that pays tribute to the South African rugby team.
Inside the Range Rover Sport SVR, the Bok references continue. The shift paddles are painted yellow and the stitching on the seats and door panels are also a beautiful contrasting yellow. The interior mood lighting radiates the same iconic green colour as the exterior paint. Land Rover has been a major sponsor of South African rugby and the Springboks for many years.
Land Rover pleased with the result
“Land Rover and rugby go hand-in-hand so it only made sense to demonstrate the allegiance in automotive form,” says Jaguar Land Rover public relations and sponsorship specialist, Tina Pienaar-Smit.
“We have a great resource is SVO and its capabilities are ideal to make the connection between the Land Rover and Springbok brands a tangible reality. We hope each member of the Springbok team appreciates the final product as much as we do,” she explains.
The engine will be the same as other Range Rover Sport SVRs. A five-litre supercharged V8 will rocket the vehicle from 0-100 km/h in just 4.5 seconds. The Springbok SVR will be owned by Land Rover and used as a promotional vehicle in the lead-up to the 2019 Rugby World Cup, which takes place in Tokyo from September this year.
“This project is the first of its kind for the Springboks and I’m sure there will be many excited conversations among the players who will get the opportunity to drive it,” says Saru CEO Jurie Roux. Formex Industries supplies automotive parts indirectly to both Land Rover and Jaguar in South Africa.
Formex Industries is a metal forming and assembly company that supplies a variety of complex products to the local automotive industry and export market. The company is based in the Nelson Mandela Bay metropole, South Africa’s foremost region for automotive manufacturing and export.
Formex specialises in producing components for the catalytic converter industry, as well as metal components and assemblies for the various vehicles. Formex aims to become one of the foremost suppliers for the South African automotive industry by 2035, aligning itself with the South African Automotive Masterplan (SAAM) which takes effect in 2020.
Formex is a Level 2 B-BBEE supplier with over 80% black ownership, of which more than 40% are black women. The company is owned by Deneb Investments Limited – a subsidiary of Hosken Consolidated Investments Limited (HCI) – one of South Africa’s biggest true B-BBEE companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE).