Prodrive to build road-legal Dakar racer

Thought the BRX T1 looked cool in the dunes? Now imagine it on the M18…

By Matt Bird / Wednesday, March 31, 2021 / Loading comments

Think of Dakar racers for the road and one car springs immediately to mind: the Mitsubishi Pajero Evolution. With very good reason, too. Well, now it looks like the ranks might be bolstered by any other rally raid weapon homologated for road use, because Autocar believes Prodrive is going to build some BRX T1s for civilians. Crikey.

David Richards has said in an interview with the magazine that cars will be built at Prodrive HQ in Banbury and that a prototype should be running by the end of 2021. It’s being pitched as a ‘desert hypercar’ which, quite frankly, sounds absolutely brilliant.

This new car – provisionally called ‘Hunter’ – will be no watered down equivalent for road use, either. For the BRX T1 competition vehicle, regulations dictated its Ford Ecoboost V6 must be capped at 400hp; with no such constraints for road use, somewhere in the region of 500hp is being predicted. And though concessions will have to be made for the public highway, including different wheels and tyres as well as a more accommodating interior, the BRX sold to the public is clearly still going to be very light.

Ian Callum remains involved, too, Richards asserting in the Autocar story that the former Jaguar designer and his team are working on how to translate the BRX from competition spec to road ready.

It sounds, then, like there’s plenty to be excited by in this “Ferrari of the desert”, as Richards has called it. With Prodrive’s off-road expertise and vehicle project that seems to combine Bowler and Singer Safari with the traditional supercar, it should be something the kind of which we haven’t seen before. We’ll keep eyes firmly peeled for that prototype later in the year. Those that want one should probably contact Prodrive – though don’t make the call without a million quid to your name…

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Source: Autocar

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