BRX stands for Bahrain Raid Xtreme and if you think the car is amazing, you should see who’s going to drive it

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BRX is a new name for Dakar Rally fans but they’re not letting that get in the way. Bahrain Raid Xtreme on its full name, the race team will take part in Dakar 2021 with a Prodrive-designed off-roader and a star-filled driver lineup to match its ambitions.

BRX Hunter - The Most Extreme Dakar Rally Car?
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For 2021, the Dakar Rally is going to Saudi Arabia, where the organizers are promising "everything will be brand-new, including every single kilometer of the specials." In addition to that, the fastest sectors, where horsepower is king, have been trimmed.

In this context, BRX reached out to Prodrive for the Hunter’s development and the result is a four-wheel-driven dune bashing machine powered by Ford’s 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost mill. Yeah, that’s right, the same found inside the F-150 and the GT supercar.

BRX Hunter - The Most Extreme Dakar Rally Car?
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Only inside the BRX Hunter, the engine is placed right under the windshield according to Top Gear, so you’re looking at a front-mid layout of sorts. Apart from that quirky detail, the powerplant is tuned to produce 400 horsepower and 700 Newton-meters of torque, or about 516 pound-feet. The car also carries a 500-liter (132-gallon) fuel tank.

BRX Hunter specifications
Engine 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6 EcoBoost
Horsepower 400 HP
Torque 516 LB-FT
Weight 4,079 Lbs

The whole structure underneath the car is made of high-tensile steel but the body is carbon fiber and has a Jaguar-esque sports car vibe to it. That’s because the man tasked with designing it was none other than Ian Callum, who penned the likes of F-Type, XK, and C-X75.

BRX Hunter - The Most Extreme Dakar Rally Car?
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Anyway, the whole build tips the scales at 1,850 kilos (4,079 pounds), which is not that bad for a vehicle this size. I mean, one heavy-duty wheel and its corresponding tire weighs 40 kilos (88 pounds), so there’s that.

We kind of saved the best for last, because as impressive as this thing looks, standing a chance in a competition like Dakar is also about the human element. Here we’re including the whole staff of mechanics and engineers but also the drivers, as they’re going to confront the elements and the rough itinerary. BRX has that handled, too, at least on paper, as it signed WRC maestro Sébastien Loeb and Dakar Rally champion Nani Roma to hoon the Hunter.

BRX Hunter - The Most Extreme Dakar Rally Car?
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Dakar Rally Saudi Arabia kicks off on January 3, 2021, and we’ll make sure to keep an eye on BRX and their Hunter. It’s also the first year that Dakar allows turbo gasoline engines (only turbodiesels and normally-aspirated mills could be used in the previous editions), so that might add some sparks to the show.

Tudor Rus
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Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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