Prodrive Is Constructing A Road-Authorized Model Of Its Dakar Racer


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Again in January the Prodrive Hunter made its competitors debut within the 2021 operating of the Dakar Rally, the place it completed fifth general with Spanish legend Nani Roma on the wheel. The rally didn’t go off with no hitch, however for a primary effort that was a commendable one, to make certain. And now the legendary automobile builders at Prodrive might be turning this desert racer right into a street authorized off-road hypercar, in accordance with Autocar.

The Hunter introduced collectively some legends of the automotive world, with physique design by Ian Callum and chassis work by Prodrive. Roma drove one Hunter, whereas Sebastien Loeb helmed the opposite. The category during which the Hunter raced makes use of a smaller tire which is extra prone to punctures, and certainly Loeb was pressured to bow out of the Dakar as he ran out of his tire allotment, and over the course of the occasion the 2 Prodrive automobiles suffered more than two dozen flats. Fortunately that tire is being pitched for 2022, and might be changed with a extra sturdy unit.

In race spec, the automobile ran a Ford-derived 3.5-liter ecoboost V6 with 400 horsepower. The road-legal automobile will even have extra energy, acknowledged round 500, with out the race classification’s restrictions. Other than that, the road automobile might be largely the identical “Ferrari of the desert” design that Callum and Prodrive constructed, with largely the identical suspension, construction, and dimensions because the competitors model.

The primary distinction for the road model is that it’ll have a extra refined transmission for well-heeled customers who wouldn’t put up with that a lot gear noise in a automobile which is anticipated to retail for 1,000,000 kilos. Clearly the street automobile may even be fitted with a full inside, relatively than a race-ready stripper model for the desert. It’ll in all probability have much less sand in it, too. At the least for a short time.

“No one’s ever performed a automobile prefer it earlier than. Think about a street automobile able to going throughout the sand dunes at 100mph – and hold doing it for 300 miles as a result of the gas tank is so huge,” Stated David Richards, Prodrive boss man. “It’s going to be fairly thrilling.”

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