Range Rover Evoque kitted out by Raziek Rajah for his wife Nawaal. Picture: Adeeb Franciscus / Durham
Range Rover Evoque kitted out by Raziek Rajah for his wife Nawaal. Picture: Adeeb Franciscus / Durham
Nawaal's Beast was built in just six weeks. Picture: Adeeb Franciscus / Durham
Nawaal's Beast was built in just six weeks. Picture: Adeeb Franciscus / Durham
22 inch wheels fill the custom kit's wheel-arch flares. Picture: Adeeb Franciscus / Durham
22 inch wheels fill the custom kit's wheel-arch flares. Picture: Adeeb Franciscus / Durham
Cape Town - Usually it would be inappropriate to call this particular creation a beast, no matter how much it might look like one, because the car in question has, in fact, been built for his wife.

However, when Raziek Rajah promised to build his wife Nawaal a car of note, he said, “I’ll create a monster for you,” and we’re quite sure she was pretty happy with that promise.

This is the the finished product, a fully customised Range Rover Evoque, kitted out with all the bells and whistles. We've been waiting for this one to emerge from the workshop, and I spoke to Rajah in an exclusive reveal of the new Razor Customs Evoque. Unless you’ve been living under a stone, you’ll know of another work of art from this custom house, the Razor GTR that has been rocking social media like no other Cape car yet.

“After we finished the Razor GTR build," Rajah said, "I remembered my promise to my wife and went looking for the right car. We finally decided on a 2.2-litre diesel Evoque, because it's the perfect ladies’ car.”

Patience

When I asked what went into this project, Rajah explained: “Redefining a beautiful car is never easy. It takes a lot of hard work, patience and perseverance. But seeing the end product makes up for the hours of work that we put in.

"My team - Niaz Daniels of Xmodz, Gino de Lange of Full Liquid Jacket and Adrian Minaar of Auto Prism - and I only had six weeks for this build, so we shipped in a base kit to save time and then set to work customising and changing this kit into a unique design."

The first thing you notice is the widened arches and bigger wheels.

“We had to use bigger rims because the original 20 inch wheels were drowning in the new kit," Rajah said, "so we opted for a 22 inch rim.”

Picture: Adeeb Franciscus / Durham

Promise kept

To finish the exterior, they chose a candy red that would create a paint job second to none (we say "they” because we assume Nawaal made a serious contribution to this decision) then customised the interior with red leather inserts on door panels and seats in place of the original all-black trim. Finally, Rajah's Razor logo was emblazoned on the seats and lettered onto the tyres.

Asked about his motivation for the project, Rajah said: “Creating this car has helped us show what can be done with an already snazzy, beautiful car. People all over the world are trying to find that unique thing that defines them.

"The Razor Evoque project was special to me as I not only had the opportunity to create a monster of an Evoque, but also keep my promise to Nawaal.”

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