El Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) showed the redesigned Prodrive hunter with which it will compete in the next edition of Dakar rally, to be held from January 2 to 14 en Saudi Arabia. The vehicle is based on the new regulations T1 +, which is now the top class along with S1-E. This new regulation was introduced to help balance the performance of four- and two-wheel drive vehicles in the class. T1.
The Hunter will work with larger tires, with a longer suspension travel and a wider width. The 37 "tires on 17" rims replace the current 32 "on 16" rims, the suspension travel increased from 280 mm to 350 mm and the body width increased from 2 meters to 2,3 meters .
This adaptation has required some significant changes. Suspension geometry has been reconfigured with longer wishbones and shocks and also uses larger brakes in tune with the 17 ”wheels. As the new tire increases the load on the drive train all of its components have been modified. The same happened with a large part of the bodywork, although it was decided to maintain the characteristic appearance of the vehicle that debuted in the last Dakar.
Prodrive also took the opportunity to increase the size of the windshield and install a new programmable wiper motor to improve driver visibility. The crickets have been improved not only to make them lighter and stronger, but also to lift the car faster and can now be powered by an electric pump for greater reliability.
“We are very pleased that the organizers have addressed the disparity in regulations between buggies and T1 four-wheel drive cars, where vehicles with larger tires had an advantage over rough terrain. We have learned a lot on our debut this year and we have invested all this learning in improving the car and we believe that our new Hunter T1 + is an important step forward. We hope to return to Saudi Arabia in January, where we will seek to fight for victory. "Said Gus Beteli, BRX team manager.
BRX last raced the T1 car at Baja Aragón last week, where the Hunter showed good pace setting faster times in eight of the 11 sectors of the rally.
The first Hunter T1 + is currently being built at Prodrive's UK headquarters and would be ready by September.