Prodrive founder and CEO Dave Richards has said work has begun on a road-going version of the BRX Hunter T1 rally raid car which competed in the Dakar Rally for the first time this year. The “desert Ferrari” as Richards likes to call it, built in partnership with Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX), was piloted in competition by none other than multiple-WRC world champion Sebastian Loeb, but after mechanical maladies ruled him out of the 2021 rally, the BRX Hunter could only place as high as fifth overall at the hands of Nani Roma.
Penned by famous British designer Ian Callum, a prototype of the road-going version will be running before the year is out, and the car itself will closely resemble the T1 rally car. Except it will be even bigger, with wider haunches to handle larger wheels and tyres. The expected cost of buying such a thing is rumoured to be around £1 million (R20 million).
Richards says the car will be incredible, being able to travel flat out at 160 km/h over any terrain imaginable and do so none-stop for 500 km/h at a stretch due to its massive fual tank. The perfect car if your backyard is a desert in the Middle East.
For those who don’t know, in race spec the BRX Hunter is powered by a Ford EcoBoost 3,5-litre twin-turbopetrol V6 producing 300 kW and 700 N.m. Although Richards says a civilian version would most likely be tuned up to 375 kW because there are no regulations.
Richards and Prodrive know a thing or two about off-road competition, despite running championship-winning race and rally cars for the last 30 years, they currently Lewis Hamilton’s X44 Extreme E team in the electric off-road series, driven by Sebastien Loeb and Cristina Gutierrez.