* Sort of. Land Rover has showcased its design of the future throughout Hulu's science fiction series 'The First'. Could this be the direction of future classic Range Rovers?
If asked which car marque we’d choose when it comes to the challenge of colonizing Mars, most of us with style would likely opt for a Land Rover. Sturdy, dependable and boasting over 70 years of industrious off-road development, even the folks at NASA wouldn’t mock you for selecting the green oval as your weapon of choice.
In fact, they would probably recommend upgrading to a Range Rover Sport for an altogether more comfortable experience over extraterrestrial terrain. So it should probably come as no surprise that a Range Rover looking even more futuristic than the current Velar has featured in The First, a science-fiction drama by Hulu, which focuses on a team of astronauts that strive to become the first humans to visit Mars.
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The custom Range Rover Sport dons ‘reductive styling’ courtesy of the design team at Land Rover North America, who worked to smooth and simplify current-day bodywork and produce a concept Range Rover from 2030; the timeframe where creator Beau Willimon has set his new drama.
Propelled by an electric powertrain, the starring Range Rover borrows current day automotive technologies while adding in forecast advancements. Innovative future features including wraparound privacy glass, suicide doors, a retractable steering wheel, an exterior Smart Light Bar which acts as a road surface-reading and communicating 360-degree sensor, and an interior that changes shape and density as a passive safety system.
Driven by Natascha McElhone, who plays an ambitious aerospace director by the name of Laz Ingram, the 2030 Range Rover is seen throughout the opening episode as the crew of Providence 1 attempt to launch from New Orleans, Louisiana in a bid to journey to Mars.
Better known to classic enthusiasts for evading a Peugeot 406 in a high-speed chase through Paris with her BMW 535i in Ronin, McElhone looks perfectly composed as she pilots the 2030 Range Rover concept car. Some features, such as the dynamic interior and retractable steering wheel, were added post-production while the smooth ride was delivered by real variable suspension. Hulu and Land Rover worked together on the concept for almost a year before it was unveiled at the L.A. Auto Show.
Speaking on creating the 2030 Range Rover, Jaguar Land Rover brand experience director Michael Curmi said: 'We are excited to partner with Hulu for this fantastic series. With the show set in the near future, it was an exciting challenge to work with Westward Productions and Hulu to create a vision of what a Range Rover Sport might look like in the 2030s. We can’t predict the future, but we did our best to collaborate and look at where we think vehicles are headed and to fit that in with what the producers’ vision was as well.'