Wow Steve, what an honor! The world needs more down to earth 1%'ers like him.I was fortunate enough to see this and get a personal tour by Bran Ferren, the owner/designer. Not only is the truck a sight to see, he is a fascinating person.
He said that in addition to building this for his daughter, he built it to show potential clients his firms capabilities. You see, he builds vehicles for the military and other organizations that require secrecy. They don't want him taking photos of what he built or showing the vehicles to other companies/organizations. This way he can show Kiravan, to demonstrate the capabilities of what his company, Applied Minds can dream, design, and build.
Say what you want, but this man has a fascinating background and is an inventor and patent holder as well as an Oscar winner, artist, creative genius, former head of R&D at Disney Imagineering, and just a nice guy who shared a lot of info about the build. I never met him prior, but just struck up a conversation. To me, meeting him was one of the highlights of the Sema show this year.
Link to the Stuttgart machine?It's pretty cool - Lots of innovative features and i totally understand why he built it not just as a personal project but a showcase of what his company can do, i have a friend in a similar field which has built a Demonstrator for the industry based on what was at the time the world most expensive porsche (in 1995). It gets the clients attention for sure.
Surely you mean Defender, there's rarely any need to crawl under a Toyota......a group of know-it-alls decides to crawl out from underneath their FJ60 and chime in on how much smarter they are ...