Olly Murs collects his modified Land Rover Defender 110

Gareth Herincx

23 hours ago
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Olly Murs collecting his revamped Land Rover Defender 110 from Urban Automotive

Singer-songwriter and TV personality Olly Murs has been handed the keys to his specially-commissioned Land Rover Defender 110.

He visited Urban Automotive’s Milton Keynes HQ to collect his reimagined Land Rover from company founder Simon Dearn.

Urban Automotive was entrusted with the transformation of Olly’s beloved Defender 110, managing a comprehensive refresh just in time for the birth of his first child with wife Amelia.

He plans to use the car for his new life as a parent with family-focused activities such “staycations, camping holidays and tents”.

Olly’s choice of modifications included a full ‘Best of British’ exterior design pack, 18-inch Urban Cruiser alloys, LED lighting and upgraded suspension, giving the iconic 4×4 an aggressive new look.

Urban Automotive’s team also carried out a light restoration and paintwork refresh, leaving the Defender 110 looking even better than when it originally left the factory.

The project presented an opportunity for the company to go back to its roots, because Urban Automotive was originally founded as a specialist for the original Land Rover Defender 90 and 110 models, building high-end vehicle conversions under the Urban Truck brand.

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Watch Lewis Hamilton test the INEOS Grenadier 4×4

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Sir Jim Ratcliffe and Sir Lewis Hamilton with the IINEOS Grenadier 4x4

Seven-time F1 champion Sir Lewis Hamilton got behind the wheel of the all-new INEOS Grenadier in a no-holds-barred shakedown on and off-road.

INEOS* chairman Sir Jim Ratcliffe took the passenger seat for the drive at the Millbrook Proving Ground near Bedford.

“I’m genuinely enjoying driving this car,” Sir Lewis said. “It’s very comfortable considering some of the huge dips we were driving down. I was pretty much flat-out around the course. I’m massively surprised at how much grip there is.”

Sir Jim added: “The Grenadier was designed to be good off-road, but we didn’t know it was going to be as good as it is on the road. I can definitely say I don’t think anyone has ever driven it like Lewis drove it.”

The Grenadier has completed 1.1 million miles of extreme testing and development in Death Valley, USA, the dunes of the Middle East, the Arctic Circle and the notorious Schöckl mountain in Austria.

Priced from £48,000, the boxy SUV features a box section ladder frame chassis, permanent four-wheel drive, two-speed transfer case and centre locking differential on all models.

*INEOS is a principal partner to the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Formula One team.

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