Undoubtedly, one of the great attractions that the 2021 edition of the Dakar Rally, which will be played from January 3 to 15 in Saudi Arabia, is the debut of Bahrain Raid Xtreme. It is not for less since this team is run by the British David Richard, creator of the successful Prodrive, and has two top-level pilots, like the French Sébastien Loeb and Spanish Nani Rome.
The BRX decided to have its first Dakarian experience with a prototype T1 with four-wheel drive and powered by a V6 petrol engine 3.5-liter turbocharged. The car already accumulated his first 2.000 kilometers with Rome and Loeb and in these weeks he will travel to the Middle East to continue with the development.
Automundo had access to a series of photographs of the test carried out in Millbrook, Great Britain, where you can see some details of the vehicle, which is very different from the T1s that are currently running as the MINI JCW Buggy of X-Raid, with which the Spanish won Carlos Sainz in the Dakar 2020; or the Century CR6 which was also a protagonist on Saudi soil last January.
"We do not want to reveal our technical solutions until later, when we present the car itself, but I can tell you something: it may not be very radical, but it will be highly optimized", Richards explained in an interview with the newspaper Brand.
"We have designed it as a Formula 1 car or a GT, taking care and analyzing every detail, from the most complex that can be the aerodynamics to the smallest part of the car ... We are confident that it is fast, but the key will be reliability," which is always the most difficult thing to achieve in a new car ", Agregó.
In the coming weeks, the BRX will make the official presentation of its team and there it will reveal more information about its machine.