The Perenties

Autralia's answer to questions nobody else dared to ask

If anyone from Down Under has more photos of these cars please email me.

Don't take me wrong on the headline. I think they are wonderful, amazing pieces and a very professional made conversion of our beloved beasts.

For all those not knowing what a Perentie is let me explain. The Perentie, named after a lizard known for it's camouflage and his ability to survive in harshest conditions was developed by Jaguar Rover of Australia in 1989. Over 700 are in regular service together with 3000 110's.

Here you can find more technical informations in a well written article provided by kind permission of James Dawe

All Perenties are 6x6 with disc brakes all around and Adwest power steering. About 400 of them also have a Thomas T9000 winch. The engine is an Isuzu Turbo-Diesel of 90 KW @ 3000rpm and 253 Nm of torque at 2500 rpm.

The rear axle's diff is offset to the left to allow any axle full wheel travel. The driveshaft enters the transfer box at the PTO output and is actuated by a vacuum-operated clutch system.

Wheelbase is 140 inches, departure angles front is 37, rear 25°. The spacious cab has overhead controls and is built on a steel spaceframe. Seats, fibreglass dash, trim and large windscreen are made in Australia as is over 70% of the vehicle.

The most spectacular are the Long Range Patrol Vehicles of the Australian SAS. They have tanks of 365 litres which makes them capable of driving 1600 kms in desert conditions without refueling. An Suzuki 250 cc motorcycle is attached on the back for those tight spaces. Remember, that's a bloody big country and walking is no option. The enormous payload of the vehicle lets the crew use the vehicle as base for long periods of activities behind enemy lines.

The ambulances (above) are equipped with fibreglass bodies, air condition and a full isolation. Personal gear is stowed in the compartment over the cab.

General maintenance and Electronic repair vehicles carry a similar body as the ambulances. The GMV's have opening side sections that form a covered work space complete with bench and vice.

All bodies have common mounting points so if the base vehicle breaks down the body can be easily (?) shifted to another Perentie

Currently the Australian Army tests new versions like crew cabs, command posts and fire fighters.