Legendary rally specialist Prodrive is about to construct a completely street authorized model of its BRX Dakar Rally Raid automotive for basic sale, with a prototype slated for the top of this yr.
The Prodrive title is well-known throughout most disciplines of motorsport, however maybe its extra enduring affiliation is the one with Subaru. This relationship lasted for nearly 20 years, and Prodrive ran all three automobiles which secured the World Rally Championship titles for Colin McRae (1995), Richard Burns (2001), and Petter Solberg (2003). Extra not too long ago, Prodrive ready the Subaru WRX which smashed the Isle of Man TT lap file for automobiles.
Prodrive, primarily based in Banbury within the UK, turned its attentions to the Dakar Rally in 2020, constructing its personal automobile to compete within the automotive class of the well-known endurance rally raid occasion. The four-wheel drive machine, referred to as the BRX T1 — for Bahrain Rally Excessive, and the T1 automotive class — incorporates a 3.5-liter, twin-turbocharged Ford V6 just like the one you’d discover within the F-150 SVT Raptor, however additional developed by Prodrive itself.
Contemplating the automotive made its racing debut within the Dakar Rally in January, a fifth-place total end for the lead automotive of Nani Roma and Alexandre Winocq was a reasonably strong exhibiting, whereas the second automotive of Sebastien Loeb and Daniel Elena retired after eight of the 12 phases.
For the client automotive, seemingly referred to as Hunter, Prodrive will make some modifications from the spartan rally raid machine. Chatting with Autocar, Prodrive founder and CEO David Richards confirmed that there’d be a “extra comfy” inside and a brand new gearbox extra suited to street use, and that with out the facility restrict set by the Dakar laws the automotive could be operating at round 500hp, in comparison with 400hp for the competitors automotive. Richards commented:
“No person’s ever finished a automotive prefer it earlier than. Think about a street automotive able to going throughout the sand dunes at 100mph – and maintain doing it for 300 miles as a result of the gas tank is so huge. It’s going to be fairly thrilling.”
As well as, the Hunter is about to creating a gaming debut quickly. Prodrive not too long ago posted a picture of the automotive on social media in the midst of what seems to be to be an audio recording session, alongside the remark “coming to a recreation console close to you”:
Coming to a recreation console close to you.. the Prodrive Hunter mic’d up and able to roll. pic.twitter.com/c25ncbi6TZ
— Prodrive (@prodrive) March 23, 2021
Though Prodrive wouldn’t be drawn on what recreation will characteristic the Hunter, it did say the digital debut would probably be later this yr. There are after all quite a lot of candidate titles which the Hunter may characteristic in, with Forza Horizon 4 and DIRT 5 each excessive up the listing. Bigmoon Leisure can also be engaged on Dakar 21, a sequel to its Dakar 18 recreation and official online game of the Dakar Rally.