TopGear’s Range Rover Evoque vs Scotland
First, we changed the wheels and tyres and fitted an aluminium bashplate underneath the car. I've driven lightly off-road in my Evoque on its sports SUV tyres and 20-inch rims and never needed to be extracted, but in attempting to push the boundaries of what an Evoque can do (and because I have to drive home the following morning), the equivalent of strapping on some shin pads and hiking boots seems prudent. Otherwise, the Evoque is as I got it from the factory. The skidplate was supposed to fit on the original mountings for the smaller mild-steel, standard-fit version, but being somewhat experimental, didn't. So an excellent man called Mick chopped it up with an angle grinder until it did. Already it feels like we're doing butch stuff.
As a control and safety net, we've roped in a standard Defender 110, Land Rover technical PR manager and off-road legend Roger Crathorne and a much-modified and darkly purposeful-looking red V8 Defender 90 owned by the rather brilliant father-and-son team of Joe and William Arthur. If the Evoque can keep up with that, it can keep up with anything. Soon enough, our odd little convoy is pottering its way up the A9 from Dunkeld towards Old Blair, to the north of Blair Atholl and the castle itself.