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Prodrive to build $1.4 million street-legal rally raid supercar

U.K.-based mostly race auto builder Prodrive’s future task is a supercar explained by founder and...

U.K.-based mostly race auto builder Prodrive’s future task is a supercar explained by founder and CEO David Richards as a “Ferrari of the desert.” Based on its BRX-T1 Dakar race rig, the car will be driven by a Prodrive-modified Ford 3.five-liter twin-turbo V6. As with the rally raider, its style will be led by Ian Callum.

According to Autocar, the road auto will likely be termed the Hunter, and will hew closely to the Dakar-bred BRX-T1. Having said that, it will function a entire interior and all the fixings to make it at ease avenue auto. It will also have, reportedly, a five hundred-horsepower edition of the V6, which is much more electrical power than the four hundred horsepower and 516 pound-toes of torque that the race auto puts out. Electric power will be sent by what Richards phone calls a “sophisticated transmission,” but he didn’t specify whether it’d be based mostly on the six-velocity sequential gearbox of the race auto.

The race machine was developed atop a steel tube-frame chassis draped in carbon fiber system panels. It is not apparent whether the road auto will use a related design, but Callum, who has built several beloved autos for Jaguar, Aston Martin, Ford and the BRX race auto, will lend his hand to the system. The BRX-T1 surely displays shades of the F-Type noticeable in the rear.

Richards informed Autocar that the road auto will be broader than the race auto to accommodate greater tires. In reality, having also-modest tires was amid the causes Prodrive’s BRX-T1 Dakar racers didn’t have a better turnout in January. Nine-time WRC champion Sebastian Loeb logged a DNF mainly because he held getting punctures and finally just ran out of tires. The other auto, driven by Nani Roma, completed fifth general. The group believes it has attained beneficial encounter that will assist them log a better end result future 12 months.

The Hunter will likely cost £1 million ($one.38 million), but will stand in a class of its own. Richards informed Autocar, “Imagine a road auto capable of heading across the sand dunes at 100mph – and hold performing it for 300 miles mainly because the gasoline tank is so large. It’s heading to be pretty exciting.”