Arkonik are delighted to be able to share the exciting news that they have been commissioned to build Special Vehicle Project – 1 (SVP-1) for b500X. After the phenomenal success of Del Gregory’s online magazine b500, he has now launched b500X, a special projects studio.
Less is more
SVP-1 will be an Etienne Salomé designed Defender, built by Arkonik and will feature a Defender 90 rebuilt from the ground up with a 3.9L V8 coupled to a five-speed LT85 manual gearbox and designed very much within a ‘less is more’ philosophy. A true design statement.
Automobile designer Etienne Salomé, most famous for his time with Bugatti, including several automotive designs and his favourite, the one-of-one ‘La Voiture Noire’ is also delighted to announce this as his latest project.
This first project from Etienne Salomé, b500X & Arkonik will be built as a ‘one-of-one’ for one very lucky global customer. This unique Defender is sure to garnish a lot of interest and you can contact them to register your interest before the build begins.
Tom Parry | Arkonik Ltd.
“It’s a privilege to be offered this opportunity from B500X and to therefore be working alongside a designer as individual and special as Etienne. Arkonik has enjoyed designing and collaborating directly with its customers to hand-build and personalize Defenders for over a decade, so this special project, ‘SVP-1’, is something we cannot wait to get started on.”
“Progress has never been to make things more complicated, this special vehicle project will represent the pure essence of the Defender! I am very happy to be designing this incredible vehicle and partnering with Del at B500X and the amazing team at Arkonik.”
Del Gregory | b500X:
“Etienne Salomé is without question one of the most exciting French designers and artists of his generation. Who wouldn’t want the person responsible for some of the most amazing Bugatti supercars ever designed, to be the designer of the first b500X Project and for me there was only ever going to be one company to build it, and that’s Arkonik.”
An Icon Remastered
Arkonik’s mission has evolved since 2007, yet their founding principle has remained constant; to create the most authentic, restored Land Rover Defenders in the world. Defenders that are as influential and inspirational as their clients. Arkonik’s latest division, Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) takes those same ingredients but adds additional spice, such as an LS3 engine and 6 speed automatic transmission. Culminating in a whole new level of performance and capability.
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Authenticity is at the heart of everything we do, whether it’s an urban 110 station wagon, classic 90 soft-top or an epic 130, the same ground-up restoration and build ethic is applied.
For any car enthusiast or luxury automotive owner, Arkonik Defenders present a rare and exciting opportunity to invest in an iconic and classic British vehicle.