Friday, September 30, 2022
News Prodrive Planning Road Version of Hunter Dakar Racer

Prodrive Planning Road Version of Hunter Dakar Racer

Dakar racer for your own rally

  • More powerful than desert race version

  • Expected to go on sale next year


Race and road car builders Prodrive have said that they will be building what they think is the first-ever Desert Hypercar. The car, derived from the company’s Dakar racer, is projected to have a driving prototype ready by end of year, going on sale for more than £1 million (CAD 1.7m).

The basis for the new car is the BRX Hunter. Prodrive’s off-roader built specifically for the Dakar Rally, which ran this past January in Saudi Arabia. It’s a 14-day off-pavement marathon of a desert race, where one of the two Hunters entered finished fifth overall.

Prodrive founder and CEO David Richards told Autocar that the company will be building a version for private sale, and they’re calling it a road car, though turning the race-ready Hunter into something remotely streetable will be a challenge.

While most race-based road cars get less power, Richards says that the road Hunter will get even more power than the competition car. The 3.5L twin-turbo Ford-derived engine will get around 500 hp, 100 up on the rules-limited racer.

The bodywork for the Ferrari of the Desert (as Richards calls it) will be penned by ex Jaguar design boss Ian Callum, wider than the Dakar car to fit bigger wheels and tires.

“Clearly, it has to be more comfortable than the Dakar cars,” Richards said. “We’re working on the exact spec. Ian Callum and his team are working on these things right now.”

Prodrive has a long history of building championship-winning race cars, but is also experienced with OEM-level road car work including Range Rover SV Autobiography interiors, Ford Transit PHEV drivelines, and ultra-quick dealer-option high-performance Subaru WRX STI models.

 

Trending Now

BMW Unveils the XM, the Most Powerful Vehicle in its History

The following vehicle leaves the factory with a plug-in hybrid powertrain, but let's just say that its primary mission is to deliver a good...

Volvo to add a Subcompact SUV and a Mid-Size Sedan to its EV Lineup

The SUV will be smaller than the XC40 while the sedan should be about the same size as the S90 Both models should...

Battery Problems will Lead to a Volkswagen EV Recall

A manufacturing defect has been found in some battery cells This problem affects the ID.4 and the ID.3 Volkswagen estimates this recall to...

Lucid Might Introduce a Midsize Luxury Car in 2025

The Air, the brand’s flagship luxury sedan, is exceptional. Lucid is currently working on their first SUV, the Gravity. Lucid Motors is currently in...

The Subaru Baja is a Rarity and a Future Classic

This one is for sale on Brig a Trailer. It features the desirable turbocharged 2.5L flat-4. We’re going to end this week on a...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.