Twisted Automotive, based out of the UK, started in 2000 by Charles Fawcett as a cure for his hunger for more power.
Since Fawcett was a little boy, his family has always been around Land Rovers, which helped him accrue a passion for the Defenders over time. By the age of 20, he was rebuilding his own, not just for looks, but for more power and all of the little details he wanted his Defender to have. Since Twisted Automotive started, they have been modernizing Land Rover Defenders by adding creature comforts, new aesthetics, and more power while still keeping the essence of the Defender present.
The model we see in the video is the Twisted 110 CSW Ultimate 500 V8, which has an LS3 under the hood. Mind you, not all of their Defenders come with LS3s, but they can do anything the customer requests. Twisted Automotive doesn’t just swap the engine in, though – They install headers, and re-map the ECU to extract 520 horsepower at the crank. It also comes with a 5-speed manual! That’s a big difference when switching over from a 2.2-liter diesel with around 120 horses.
Twisted Automotive rebuilt the CSW Ultimate 500 from the ground up. They’ve added their progressive suspension system which includes sway bars, springs, and dampers. The truck also comes with 6-piston Alcon brakes to stop all of the mass it carries. There are upgrades to the interior that include racing bucket seats, satellite navigation, and much more.