What is it?
Overhauled versions of the recently deceased Land Rover Defender are nothing new. Most of us are now familiar with names such as Twisted and Khan, who'll either take your Defender and modify it, or provide you with a blank canvas to modify at will.
In much the same way, JE Engineering is nothing new either. It's been around since the mid-1970s and is perhaps best known for its work on performance versions of the P38 Range Rover. In fact, JE would like to think it played a small part in the birth of the Range Rover Sport.
An honest name like JE Engineering should give some idea of what the company is trying to achieve, and how it believes it stands out against its main rivals. Sure, its business includes everything from purely aesthetic modifications to diesel engine upgrades and automatic gearbox conversions, but the Zulu 2 is very much a standalone halo product. In turn, JE Motorworks is its new sub-brand.
You start with a standard 90 or 110, but JE will then fit a unique, bored-up, 475bhp 4.7-litre version of JLR's supercharged last-generation 4.2 V8. Drive goes through a six-speed auto 'box borrowed from Ford - more commonly fitted to its F150 - and letting the V8 sing is a bespoke stainless steel exhaust with high-flow cats. A Quaife LSD has been added at the rear, and the 110's beefier four-pin differential has been shuffled from the back to the front axle.
Thankfully the considerable go has been countered with the addition of some considerable stop: JE's 'big brake' conversion features 362mm grooved discs and six-piston calipers with upgraded pads at the front. Fox racing dampers all round, lowered springs at the rear and stiffer anti-roll bars are included to improve ride and handling.