A few months ago, we discovered one of the coolest, most unlikely rally cars we've ever seen: A BMW M3-powered Land Rover Discovery. Now, it can be yours. This most unusual rally machine has turned up with just one day left in the auction. With bidding only up to £7500 ($9550 USD) as of this writing, it sure seems like a steal.
While the pictures included with the listing aren't great, this Discovery looks to be built to a very high standard. It's powered by a 350-hp, Euro-spec E36 M3 engine powering all four wheels via a close-ratio five-speed gearbox. Interestingly, this Discovery uses a viscous coupling from a Porsche 911 C4S to send power to the front wheels, with limited-slip differentials in both axles.
The seller says he lightened and strengthened the body of this Discovery, and there's a cage built to the specs required by the Motor Sports Association of the UK. This Discovery also received upgraded suspension (with 14 inches of travel!) and brakes designed for both stage rallies and safari racing. The racing rig looks mostly stock on the outside, but a Martini livery declares its racing intent. You can see a full list of the upgrades on
Inside, the dash from an E36 M3 doesn't look at all out of place. This Discovery, somehow, is road-legal in the UK, if you were looking for an especially outrageous daily driver.
Turning a Discovery into a rally car might be a strange idea, but you can't argue with the quality of execution here. It's way more interesting than yet another Subaru.