2023 Bowler Conversion Car Specification | Bowler Motors


Land Rover Defender 90 // 300PS 2.0 litre turbo charged // 8 speed automatic transmission


Structural body and chassis

• Monocoque bracing – minimises body movement and supports underbody protection
• Full internal roll cage integrated with body and linking suspension mounts
• Internal spare wheel mount integrated to roll cage
• Additional front recovery points
• Rally-spec gearbox cross member
• Stiffened gearbox mounts
• Strengthened engine mounts
• Braced front and rear subframes
• Front suspension turret brace
• Rear turret brace
• Strengthened radiator mounts
• Adapted chassis and subframe mounts
• Rally jacking points


• Improved cooling – auxiliary radiators removed and increased airflow to main radiator
• Increased transmission cooling capacity
• Sports exhaust system
• Bowler 18” wheels with increased strength
• BF Goodrich AT tyres
• Bespoke suspension design with modified subframes, new springs and unique turrets for increased stiffness
• Bespoke Fox dampers
• Race steering wheel with quick release boss
• Side air intake covers
• High level air intake
• Front upper wishbone revised to reflect new ride height geometry


• ECU system integration with race box
• ABS/DSC – rally control modifications
• New integrated wiring harness for new components
• New rally-spec facia
• Navigator control unit for lights/washer/horn
• Rally system integration with JLR safety systems
• Adapted body control unit


• High-level rear marker lights
• Alpine, door and rear windows replaced with polycarbonate
• Race sports seats with specific race seat mounts
• 6-point race harness
• Integrated and hand-held fire suppression
• Electrical cut-off switches – internal and external
• Complete removal of all airbag systems


• Front bumper adapted to take new underbody protection
• Bowler front grille with increased air flow
• Rear roof spoiler with extended profile and integrated additional reversing lights
• Front and rear wing shields to meet new underbody protection
• Wheel arch extensions utilising accessory fitment
• Door lowers – protection pieces on shortened doors
• Team livery


• Additional bonnet-mounted windscreen washers – to deal with rally levels of water splash
• Front driving lights for increased night driving illumination
• Rally-spec mudflaps
• Full underbody protection system – 6mm aluminium reinforced design
• New gear shift position – optimised to sports seats
• Column-mounted gear shift paddles – unique to Bowler
• Passenger foot rest
• Rear door manual release mechanism
• Wheel arch lines – increased strength to meet rally requirements


  • Model Defender 90 P300 SE
  • Engine 2.0-litre 4cyl turbo petrol
  • Power/torque 296bhp/400Nm
  • Transmission Eight-speed automatic, four-wheel drive
  • 0-60mph 6.7 seconds
  • Top speed 119mph (limited when in Bowler Mode)
  • Economy 24.6mpg
  • CO2 260g/km
  • Fuel Capacity 90 litres
  • Weight 2,065kg
  • Length 4,583mm
  • Width 2,105mm
  • Height 1,974mm
  • Wheelbase 2,587mm
  • Turning Circle 11m

The Defender Bowler rally car is based on a production car which includes driver convenience features such as InControl Security, Sat Nav, Climate Control and Telematics as part of the donor spec. Hopefully drivers won’t ever need to use reverse cameras but the aircon can be a blessing in hot summer rounds.