ECD Automotive Design specializes in Land Rover restoration and the creation of bespoke luxury builds. Enhanced with modern equipment and powerful engines, these creations are civilized brutes capable of mastering any terrain. That’s why when the company names one of its creations, Project Mayhem, it makes you stand up and take notice.
According to Tom Humble, one of ECD’s co-founders, Mayem reflects a typical Land Rover Defender 110 build. any obstacles. Judging by the 20-inch wheels shod in 33-inch BF Goodrich All-Terrain tires and the combination of skid plates and front bumpers with an integrated girl, it looks unstoppable, or at least ready to wreak havoc. .
But what sets it apart is the color. It’s all black from its roof rack to its rims. Every surface and piece of hardware is painted Santorini Black, giving it the shiny look of Darth Vader’s helmet. In person, it must be as black as gazing into the abyss or chasm of Beelzebub’s soul.
A supercharged GM Performance LT4 V8 provides the power needed to scale snow-capped peaks or sprawling desert landscapes. In other ECD versions, the LT4 produces 650 horsepower, giving these beasts the ability to go from 0 to 60 mph in about 5.0 seconds. Black Brembo brake calipers rule these horses, and an ECD Air Ride suspension smooths out bumps in the terrain.
Inside, a MOMO Nero steering wheel frames all the American gauges. Four Corbeau Reclining Racing heated seats ensure the comfort of passengers in the first two rows. In the back, there is room for four more people on inward-facing bench seats. Like the exterior, the interior is all black, from the black diamond-stitched seats, door panels and even black-stained teak wood accents.
ECD didn’t provide prizes, but this tier of Mayhem doesn’t come cheap. Prices for a custom Defender 110 start at $224,995 and go up from there. If the V8 engine isn’t your thing, ECD still has you covered. The company will build you a Tesla-powered Defender if electric Mayhem is more your thing.