Bahrain Xtreme (BRX) has redesigned its Prodrive Hunter off-road vehicle to meet new T1+ regulations recently put in place by the FIA. Alongside T1-E, T1+ is now the top class. The new rules will help balance how two- and four-wheel-drive vehicles perform in the T1 category of the upcoming 2022 Dakar Rally in January.
Changes to the Hunter consist of larger tires, increased suspension travel, and a wider track. It now rides on 17-inch wheels fitted with 37-inch tires, replacing the 16-inch rims wrapped 32-inch tires. Suspension travel is increased from 11.0 inches to 13.8. To accommodate the modifications, the car’s body width goes from 78.7 inches to 90.6.
Nearly half of the vehicle’s bodywork underwent a redesign, too, with the restyling done by Ian Callum. Underneath the skin, the Dakar racer’s suspension features longer wishbones, improved dampers, and larger brakes. The car’s driveshafts and differentials were also tweaked, as the aforementioned 37-inch tires increase the load on the drivetrain. Other modifications include an improved windshield and wiper motor (for improved visibility) and lighter and stronger onboard jacks.
BRX is currently building the Hunter T1+ at Prodrive’s headquarters in the United Kingdom with plans to have the car running in September. In addition to the Dakar Rally, the upgraded T1+ is also available to customers competing in the FIA Cross Country and Baja racing events.
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