Bowler Wildcat Ultimate Technoraid
Near Nemours, in the Paris region, you can find a French workshop where 4×4’s are prepared for rally raids : Technoraid. After many years this workshop has made an art in its preparation, modification and optimising for their pet machine which are to be used in competition: the Wildcat 200. Even though Wildcat’s production was recently taken over by QT Services, who bought the licence off Drew Bowler, the main developments comes from the engineers and mechanics from Technoraid giving great pleasure to Martial Pautrat (boss of the workshop).
front & back of the Wildcat Ultimate ex Bowler 200
The first drive
Gradually, over the years, the machine has very much improved and many of its inherent faults of the younger versions of the Wildcats have been scrubbed out. The proof is in the list of prizewinners of Technoraid, it is a reflexion of the preparation.
Prize list of the Team :
6th in the race results of the 24 Hours 4×4 of France
Technoraid placed three Wildcat 200 in the TOP 10 of the Transorientale, including a seconde place with Nicolas Gibon / Antoine Gibon
AMV Shamrock 2007 First Wildcat 200, first petrol and 5th place in the race results for the team Revival Technoraid
BAJA of France 2007 thee Wildcat Gibon / Pautrat win
Next stage, the Team will be rubbing shoulders at the Dakar 2009 with 4 Wildcat Dnt two Wildcat Ultimate, alongside an assistance car; a truck in the competition plus another for assistance.
Taking advantage of photos taken during a technical check, I propose this report on the Wildcat Ultimate version and the latest improvements which were brought in.
It is mainly in the engine that the modifications have taken place. It is still a 3.9l V8 but in the Wildcat Ultimate configuration it has not far off 245 Bhp for a 36 mKg. The inlet has been modified and the engine has become easier to manage, « more comfortable » as says the engineer of the house.
A new air intake, kitted with a snorkel, a power steered radiator complete the modifications.
For the rolling side of the car, the Team are going to drive this year with Toyo OPMT tyres (MT for Mud Terrain off course) mounted on EVO CORSE rims, especially made for the Wildcat Ultimate with amore important offset this is to reduce problems with rolling over on bends and keeping a good handling at high speed, problems that old Wildcats used to experience.
The axle shafts have been changed with modified ones, reinforced and torque absorbtion Marrel and Pelin (These are produced in an elastic stainless steel). For the suspension, Technoraid are faithful to Ohlins shock absorbers and to King Spring springs.
The driving position has become more ergonomic, the pilot has an acquisition box AIM which gives good visibility of all the oil pressures, engine rev’s, speed, water temperature and oil, etc.
At the checkout for the Dakar 2009