Video: Hunter Hardcore SUV For Dakar To Be Released Into The Streets
2023 Author: Natalie MacDonald | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 02:36
Prodrive, which built the Hunter superbugs for the BRX team, plans to develop a modification for the public roads. According to Autocar, the serial SUV will retain its unusual appearance, but will receive an even more powerful engine. The expected price tag is at least impressive: from a million pounds (more than 104 million rubles).
- BRX Hunter, which raced in the Dakar, was powered by a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 from Ford with a return of about 400 hp. Engine power was limited in accordance with the rally-marathon regulations. However, when developing a civilian version, Prodrive engineers are not bound by any restrictions, so the motor will be forced. As the head of the company, David Richards, told the publication, the capabilities of the engine make it possible to get about 500 hp from it.
- Its developers call the future car “the world's first desert hypercar”: thanks to the suspension from the Dakar prototype, the civilian Hunter will be able to rush along the dunes at a speed of 150–160 km / h. According to Richards, the SUV and a large fuel tank will be retained.
- In fact, the only thing that will undergo a major overhaul is Hunter's salon. The racing interior of the prototype will be replaced with a more comfortable architecture suitable for everyday use. Prodrive said a design team is already working on the new interior, led by Ian Cullam, former Jaguar design director and creator of the original BRX Hunter's exterior.
- It is planned to assemble the SUV at Prodrive facilities, and the first production cars may appear by the end of this year. The number of copies planned for production has not yet been specified.
In the Dakar, Hunter SUVs were piloted by racers Nani Roma and Sebastien Loeb. The best result was the fifth place of Roma in the overall standings. Prodrive associates not very successful race results with the wrong selection of tires, as well as with the lack of marathon experience among the co-drivers.