The Dakar Rally is undoubtedly one of the most grueling motorsport events in the world. The 14-day program pits rivals – in automobiles and bikes – up towards phases that may final so long as 560 miles (901 kilometers). Prodrive is trying to promote a road-legal version of its Hunter, which competed in this year’s installment of the landmark event.
In contrast to many race automobiles ported into the highway market, the Prodrive Hunter may have largely the identical dimensions, suspension, and construction as its competitors compatriot. Whereas the outside largely stays untouched, the inside is a really completely different story, with plans so as to add a extra pedestrian aesthetic and really feel; the bar is ready fairly low with the usual race automotive cockpit, however we’d wager that will probably be a welcome enchancment.
Opposite to the frequent ethos of detuning these autos for the highway, the British outfit opted so as to add energy. Because the BRX Hunter’s Ford-sourced twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost was restricted to 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) – per Dakar laws – discovering extra energy wasn’t all that tough. After intensive growth on the Prodrive dyno, the identical V6 is now able to cranking out roughly 500 hp (373 kW).
“No one’s ever finished a automotive prefer it earlier than,” stated Prodrive founder and CEO Dave Richards. “Think about a highway automotive able to going throughout the sand dunes at 100 mph – and maintain doing it for 300 miles as a result of the gasoline tank is so huge.”
Whereas the race group struggled fairly a bit throughout this 12 months’s installment of the race, it not solely bodes properly for future makes an attempt but in addition key areas to give attention to with the highway automotive. Together with navigation, quite a lot of the groups struggled with tires that had been small and weak – a difficulty that pressured WRC legend Sébastian Loeb to DNF after working out of tires.
As ever, Prodrive is already trying ahead to subsequent 12 months with promising exploits in highway and racing markets. When all is claimed and finished, the ultimate car will include a price ticket of round £1 million ($1.38 million at present trade charges).