Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) took the rally environment by shock when it unveiled a Prodrive-developed, Ian Callum-built racer for the 2021 version of the Dakar Rally. Known as the Hunter, it struggled throughout the race because of to a range of challenges, but it will return with a vengeance in 2022 soon after obtaining a spherical of essential updates.
Finding out from past errors, Prodrive gave the up to date Hunter 37-inch tires wrapped all over seventeen-inch wheels (instead of the unique racer’s 32-inch tires and sixteen-inch wheels), extra suspension travel, and a wider monitor. The suspension system’s geometry has been reconfigured, when bigger brakes are mounted behind the upsized wheels. You can find also a greater windshield and a programmable motor for the wipers.
Acquiring a flat tire is a typical mishap in the Dakar Rally, so the Hunter’s onboard jacks were built lighter, more powerful, and speedier to assistance pilots get back again on the highway as quickly as attainable. They can also be powered working with an electric powered pump. Power nonetheless comes from a Ford-built, three.five-liter EcoBoost V6 twin-turbocharged to about 400 horsepower.
Ian Callum, who ran Jaguar’s structure department until eventually he retired in 2019, built subtle structure tweaks to the new Hunter. He notably gave the front end a new glimpse with 4 lights instead of two and drew wider physique panels to accommodate the new chassis set up. The first and next Hunters are proven side-by-side in the gallery higher than.
Prodrive is at the moment developing the first illustration of the up to date Hunter at its headquarters in the United Kingdom, and testing is scheduled to begin in September 2021. Sebastien Loeb and Nani Roma will race the Hunter in the 2022 version of the Dakar Rally, which starts on January two in Ha’il, Saudi Arabia, and finishes in Jeddah 12 times later. In the desert, its rivals will incorporate Audi’s gasoline-electric powered RS Q E-Tron (proven down below), among the other off-roaders.
Curiously, the Hunter could spawn a road-legal design that Prodrive previously described as a “Ferrari of the desert.” It will be intently similar to the Dakar-sure off-roader but it will obtain a entire interior and a five hundred-horsepower evolution of the twin-turbocharged, three.five-liter EcoBoost V6 motor sourced from the Ford pieces bin. It will be ready to make considerably extra electricity than the race motor vehicle since the latter’s output is capped by race polices. It is not going to be affordable, as Prodrive previously pegged the model’s value at more than $1 million, but it will stand happy in a class of just one.