El Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) will become the first team to compete with a new generation of sustainable fuels advanced in FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup, when he faces the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge later this year, followed by Hail rally and then Dakar Rally in 2022.
Prodrive has developed a new sustainable fuel over the past eight months together with Coryton Advanced Fuels. Called Prodrive ECOpower, complies with the latest FIA regulations and has been specifically developed to demonstrate the environmental benefits of the latest sustainable fuel technology.
The main components are second generation biofuels made from agricultural residues and fuels created from carbon capture. As a result, the fuel offers an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to gasoline equivalent.
The fuel has been developed using the 6-liter turbo V3.5 engine Hunter on Prodrive's advanced transient dynamometer at its UK headquarters and the new Prodrive Hunter T1 + An extensive testing program with the new fuel has begun.
“I am a huge champion of motorsports and I am at the forefront of developing, testing and promoting new technologies that can help address climate change. The Dakar and the FIA Cross Country Rally World Cup are the perfect environment to showcase the benefits of the next generation of sustainable fuels and demonstrate that they can be used in road vehicles to reduce the use of fossil fuels, without leaving to offer the same performance and range ”, explained David Richards, responsible for the BRX.
“While Prodrive ECOpower has been developed for motorsport use, such sustainable fuel can be used as a direct replacement for unleaded gasoline and the company plans to use a nearly identical fuel in several of its road vehicles to further test the technology", Agregó.
“Coryton has a long history of tailor-made fuel blending for the automotive industry and, to further support the changing needs of our customers, we recently launched Sustain, our new sustainable fuel offering. We knew that partnering with Prodrive would be an ideal way to test our capabilities in some of the most challenging racing environments in the world, along with some of the best engineering knowledge in the industry. "added Andrew Wilson, CEO of Coryton.
THE PRODRIVE HUNTER T1 + IS TESTED
The new Prodrive Hunter T1 + was designed to comply with the new regulations. The car runs on larger tires, with longer suspension travel and a wider gauge. 37 "tires on 17" rims, replace current 32 "tires on 16" rims, with suspension travel increased from 280mm to 350mm and body width increased from 2m to 2,3m to adapt to this. These changes have required a radical redesign of the car and Prodrive has used it as an opportunity for further improvements, such as better visibility.
“Although the car is wider and heavier than the T1, it feels just as agile. The new suspension and tires are better in the harshest conditions and the larger windshield is a big improvement for visibility. I am very happy with how he felt and I hope to have more time behind the wheel in the coming weeks in the Middle East. ", he assured Nani Rome, in charge of the first tests.
The BRX team has completed an initial testing program in the UK and is now heading to the Middle East for more extensive endurance work under the same conditions it will experience on the Dakar. The team will then race in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and Hail Rally before heading to the Dakar.