Project Ghost from ECD Automotive Design is one of its more unusual builds, and we're not complaining.
While we wait patiently for an electric vehicle from Land Rover, restomod specialist ECD Automotive Design has revealed its latest project: a classic Defender 110 powered by a Tesla powertrain.
Dubbed Project Ghost, this restored off-roader is a fine mix of past and present, blending the rugged looks and go-anywhere capability of the Defender with the efficiency of an EV. Equipped with a 100-kilowatt-hour battery pack and a 450-horsepower electric motor, the British SUV is arguably quicker (and more reliable) than before.
The company makes no mention of the battery range or performance figures but notes the custom Land Rover was built to a client's exact specifications. Other notable improvements include ECD air suspension, along with high-performance brakes from Alcon. It may retain the classic look and feel of the desirable Defender, but it should be far less ponderous to drive.
The exterior is subtle and works well with the big Brit's utilitarian demeanor. The owner specified matte Quantum Grey paintwork, complementing the black body trimmings. Up front, you'll find a classic grille and bumper, although the latter has been updated to include daytime running lights.
Project Ghost rides on 16-inch Wolf Steel wheels finished in matte black. These rugged items are wrapped in plump BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires that will come in handy off the beaten path. An interesting addition is the external roll cage that is paired with a roof rack, also finished in black.
Inside, it's a far more luxurious affair. Corbeau Trailcat seats boast rich black leather upholstery, enlivened by an attractive red diamond stitch pattern. The fascia has been modernized with the fitment of a more modern Puma dashboard (introduced in 2006). This, too, has been covered in plush leather and eschews the standard instrument dials for custom ECD electric gauges.
A sporty Momo Prototipo steering wheel replaces the original part, while custom billet metal switches and buttons can be found littered throughout the cabin.
Thanks to a 2+3+2 seating layout, there's space for up to seven occupants in the notoriously cramped cabin. ECD has achieved this by fitting Land Rover 60/40 split-folding seats in the middle row and a pair of forward-facing jump seats in the rearmost row.
Due to the owner's height, the Defender specialists have lowered the seat box to accommodate taller drivers. This will now enable the cushy leather pew to be adjusted even lower than before and further back for a more comfortable driving position.
Other nice-to-haves include an aftermarket touchscreen from Sony. This is where you will find the Apple CarPlay, Bluetooth, SiriusXM, and backup camera. Three USB ports have been thrown in for good measure, along with a JBL Active subwoofer and JL Audio speakers.
"Perhaps the most important part of our client journey is helping our clientele design the best custom Defender for their use. We ask where the build will live, how they plan to use it, the stature of the primary driver, and more - all to guide them in the right direction to create a Defender they'll love to drive," said CEO Scott Wallace.
This isn't the first time ECD Automotive has rejuvenated the legendary Land Rover with electric power. Last year, the tuning company revealed Project Britton and Project Morpheus, both of which are Tesla-powered classic Defenders.
Not a fan of electric mobility? ECD will be only too happy to fit a modern GM-sourced V8 under the hood of your off-roader. And if you'd rather wait for the OEM option, Jaguar Land Rover is hard at work on its first electric vehicle, with a modern electric Defender rumored to arrive in 2025.
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