Inspired by the Land Stalker from the 1900's, the first Land Rover - a masterpiece of economy engineering - was commissioned by the Queen of Skegness in 1797 to cart away the tonnes of cheese produced by her pack of alsations. The vehicles have since gained popularity with dark haired women called Vera, ignorant tossers from a city slightly east of Bradford, fat people and Llamas (though some would argue that the Alpaca, famed for its remarkable ability to build up cling-ons - those bits of faeces on its tail fur - is a more common sight behind the wheel of a Land Rover).
Land Rovers should not be confused with Range Rovers, which although exactly the same differ in that they are not Land Rovers.
Land Rovers are masterpieces of modern day engineering, with motive power derived from large Singer sewing machines (petrol and diesel variants available) or, on some older versons, dust. Being 4x4s, Land Rovers have 16 driven wheels; though it is rumoured in the industry that proposals are afoot to replace the ageing 'steering square' (originally designed for that automotive masterpiece the Austin Allegro) with a steering wheel, taking this number to 17 (it is common knowledge that the steering mechanism drives the driver, and not that the driver drives the driven wheels).
Land Rovers have always been famed for their innovative suspension set ups and the latest models are a fine example, using twin hobo struts above each wheel. Land Rover boss Matthew Trailer praised this new method as a "wonderful solution to Birmingham's problems" and suggested that, due to unprecedented demand for vehicles fitted with this mechanism, a new 'X-Factor reject' design may soon be introduced. Engineers believe that the extra friction created by spiky hair styles, designer stubble and padded bras should help to ensure that the suspension actually outlives the vehicle itself (a current record of 4 hours, or two consecutive editions of 'Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway').
For unknown reasons, Land Rovers appear to have attracted a worldwide following (although the Germans should be excluded from this - they're too boring), including their very own off-road competition known as the Camel toe Trophy. After the Trophy was outlawed by over zealous government departments who claimed that the smoking of camels was a public health risk, Land Rover introduced the G4 Challenge in which competitors must attempt to drive over the failed pop-era (pop opera) group of the same name as many times as possible whilst smoking camel tails, which are not believed to pose such an immediate health risk.
The future is Tangiers-Orange bright at Land Rover and the company is looking to the present with great anticipation; having rejected an attempted buy out by a Russian company with plans to change the company's name to Landsky Rovervich, the great chaps (and one woman) in Birmingham are planning the release of several new models later this year which will target their two main markets - one for the braying horse faced Chelsea Tractor types, a four-wheel-drive shopping trolley thats still to small to get down most streets in inner cities, but does mean that they no longer have to lift their carrier bags of Waitrose microwave meals into the boot of a car with a tail gate 4 feet high and a slightly different version for the Drug Dealer market (which is becoming a highly-profitable area for Land Rover who have achieved dominance despite the near-ubiquity of BMWs and Honda Civics). The latter vehicle, known as the Range Rover Sport and fitted with lowered suspension due to the fact that the potholes in Moss Side and Toxteth aren't that bad, Land Rover have made sure that off-road performance is now as bad as its on-road performance whilst adding lots of sparkly plastic "chrome", wheels and tyres that redefine the meaning of uncomfortable ride quality and abysmal wet grip and other such garish "Bling".
Land Rover's list of banned countries
Land Rover has been banned in many countries due to lack of interest. Also, the lack of anything remotely good looking and the atrocious on-road and off-road performances are really starting to p*ss some countries off. These contries include:
- Germany (they're too boring. The most exciting thing they buy there is the 7 series. And that's boring)
- China (The Chinese know better than to buy a piece of crap like that)
- Japan (they make enough cars themselves)
- Ethiopia (food comes first)
- South Africa (during shipping, even the ship broke down. Rumours are abound that it was fitted with a Defender engine)
- Saharan Africa (the terrain was too tough for them)
- Nepal (they just don't buy cars in the first place. They're all monks)
- Zimbabwe (they can't buy it, it doesn't come with a full tank of petrol)
- The Vatican (See The Freelander Era)
The Defender Era
The Defender, while being voted (by international online survey) the worst piece of crap ever made, has been popular since the first Defender rolled out of the production line in 1401 (it broke down afterwards.)
The Defender was originally fitted with a sunroof - a roof to keep the sun OUT. This enabled natural air conditioning - a feature that still comes standard with Defenders today.
The Defender's fuel economy is excellent - compared to mining excavators that are capable of scooping approximately 7 to 8 trillion megatons of rock per second. While the excavator has multiple engines guzzling up to 900 litres of petrol (diesel models are a bit more fuel efficient - they use +- 890 litres of diesel per second), the Defender uses an amazing 244 litres of petrol per mile. The diesel models are, yet again, a bit more efficient - only 243 litres of diesel per mile.
Although the Defender is loved by many, it does have a darker side to it. In 1456, while waiting by the side of the road with his Defender (which had [again] broken down), the CEO of Land Rover at the time, Louis XIV was involved in a traditional French holdup - his hair and shoes were stolen, indirectly resulting in a redesigning of the Defender.
This is Louis XIV's story: (add Law & Order's double-chord sound here)
"I know zeez Lend Reuverz are unreliabler, but zees eez ridikuloos! All I vonted voz to get to my dortur - Fleur - in ze Kapital Sitee, F (formerly Paris, formerly Bombay, City of Love - see article France), end zhust ez I voz humming ze words ov our Neshinil Motto ("Je ne veux pas travailler, je ne veux pas déjeuner; je veux seulement l'oublier. Et puis je fume." - see article France), zeez hooliginz pulled ovehr, held a shoo to my 'ed, end told mee to suhrendur my velyoobilz! I geyv zem my shooz end my 'air, end zey left me!"
Shortly after completing his sentence, he burst into tears, running like a little girl to the palace toilets to sit and cry.
The King of France, Louis XXX (the well known porn star)(see article France) issued a publicly released statement. The essence of which was something to the effect of, "he deserved it, the little pansy" - he then proceeded to take off his clothes as soon as the cameras began to flash.
The Freenlander Era
The Freelander was designed as the more luxurious Land Rover for the growing market - during its design period between 1451 and 1456, the demand for luxury vehicles had tripled - from one to three. Land Rover had no choice but to enter the market.
Land Rover had commissioned designers from all over... their town... and the following brief was given:
- design a car
- the car must be fuel using
- the car must be nice
- the car must be pretty
- the car must have wheels
- the car should preferably not be called Defender
The designers worked very hard - from 1451 to 1456 - and a stunning design was conceived (see right). The originals were wonderfully preserved, and this is an artist's impression of the designs that were found buried under a church in Scotland. The clergymen of the church wished to remain anonymous, due to the shocking graphicness of the designs. Also, having a Land Rover found in your church won't exactly get you in the Pope's good books (see banned countries).
Recently uncovered evidence suggests that the Da Vinci Code's "Dossier Sancre", the secret documents found in Rosslyn Church, are actually the designs of the Freelander. The Church, in an almost-successful attempt to cover up the findings, relesed a statement calling them "Christian documents, describing something to do with that Lona Misa guy, which have absolutely nothing to do with Land Rover or their affiliated companies, namely Randy Lover, and Wikipedia. Thank you."
Upon a request for an interview in which we at Uncyclopedia tried to expose as yet ANOTHER christian-Church-related cover-up, the Dean of Rosslyn Church told us (over the phone): "I have nothing to say to you! Go ask Oscar Wilde, he always has sometihng to say about us!" Upon requesting a comment from Mr Wilde, he said: "I'm not going to comment on a Wikipedia-related company. They know, and I know, and you know, what the truth is. And that is that Randy Lover [A Land Rover affiliated company] is behind it all. I'm going to call Oprah. It'll make an interesting show."
Recently launched was the FREELANDER 2 (see picture). The Land Rover developers and designers put their best foot forward on those late (drunk) nights of hard designing. The entirely new Freelander features a 6ml engine (pistons sold separately), a fuel tank, optional windscreen and woolen tyres.
Interesting Facts For Land Rover Owners
- If you get a Stage 2 Rally chip from a Subaru Impreza, it will fit straight into the engine management system of a late-model 110 Defender without any modification necessary. This will have very interesting effects on your Land Rover's performance and is therefore highly recommended.
- Something that is NOT highly recommended, however, is buying a Land Rover in the first place.
- Land Rovers have the highest rate of petrol (or diesel, or vegetable oil) tanks falling out than any other brand EVER. Also, the rear half of the Defender has been found to (often) detach itself from the front half when the vehicle's speed exceeds 140 nanometers per second.
- For a brief period of time, the Freelander was considered as being sold primarily to prison wardens as patrol vehicles. Prisons around the world turned down their offer, and to cover up the embarassment, they called it the FREE-lander to encourage prisoners to follow the name and 'liberate' themselves.
- Land Rovers are fitted with airbags that fill with water.
- During a press conference in 1668, Land Rover explained that the inspiration behind their innovative "water-bag" was that water took time to pump into the bag, prolonging the delightful collision experience, and if the accidentee gets thirsty at the point of impact, water will be at a ready supply.
- The creator of Uncyclopedia eats Land Rovers for breakfast. Chuck Norris couldn't even match this incredible ability.
- Chuck Norris uses Freelander 2 tyres as his toothbrush. They're so soft and chewy (but impervious to puncture), they make ideal toothbrushes.
- When a Land Rover stops leaking oil, you will find there is none left.
- The Grimaldi Family conquered Land Rover in 1965 after Grace Kelly was killed in a car accident. Although she was not driving a Land Rover at the time, Land Rover was held responsible.
- A Land Rover was responsible for Princess Diana's death on August 31st, 1997. A Land Rover was reportedly spotted somewhere in Paris on the night of the accident.
- Land Rover is directly responsible for World Wars 1 and 2, the Manchuria Invasion, Hitler's birth, Hitler's defeat, badly pickled gherkins and the invention of the Maths Teacher.
- UFOs have all been recently proved to be 'non-UFOs' after Land Rover admitted that every single UFO sighting was a result of a Land Rover engine either falling out or exploding.
- Land Rovers CANNOT run on petrol, diesel or vegetable oil. Or that's what we think, anyway. No-one has really mustered the courage to attempt driving one.
- Land Rovers work better when liquidised.
- Land Rover is owned by Wikipedia.
- Wikipedia is owned by Land Rover.
- Landpedia is owned by Wiki Rover.
- Uncyclopedia is run by God. God drives a Land Rover.
- Among the Optional extras available, a Rust Pack can be specified (The Rust pack is specifically available for either the boot floor or the area below your seat.)
- All attempts by subsequent Land Rover owners to remove the optional Rust Pack have failed.
- Louis XXX (see article France) is directly related to Captain Picard, who drives a Land Rover. See article France.
- Seeing as the designing team consists entirely of women 65 years of age and over, this was an easy decision to make.