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Ferrari in the desert worth 1.5 million euros

Prodrive modified the jewel that raced in the “Dakar”: a 600-horsepower supercar appeared. Beautiful and nabobs

Maurizio Perterra

March 19

It almost goes without saying that if an expensive car is made for the first time, there is no enthusiast to buy it in the UAE. And in fact, the first Brx Hunter T1 road, developed by the famous Prodrive, is now in the garage of Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, King of Bahrain, who paid about one and a half million euros. Among other things, he will not be able to boast of buying a unique piece, given that the plant in Banbury (Oxfordshire) has announced that 24 units will follow in the next two years. One of the many happy axioms of David Richars, president of Prodrive, who, after creating one of the most extreme off-road vehicles in history, saw fit to create a different shape of road. The British sponsor dubbed it the “Ferrari of the Desert” emphasizing its desire to be a cross-country production. With many differences from the original – driven by Sebastien Loeb, Nani Roma and Orlando Terranova in the “Dakar”, but the driving feel is similar and above all the same chassis, designed by former Jaguar Design Chief Ian Callum.

Box space

The T1+ is 4600mm long and 2300mm wide, with an aerodynamic curved rear profile and a spoiler raised above the rear window to generate downforce. The height is 1850 mm, 100 mm less than its sister in the rally. The tires have 38-inch diameter on a 17-inch wheel, dual-shock suspension (designed by Prodrive), extra-long travel front and rear, plus integrated air intakes. In the cockpit variant of the road, which is as soundproof as possible, the competition seats have a slightly more comfortable design and the new dashboard is configured so that the car can be driven by non-professionals. The massive 480-liter rear fuel tank can be reduced to provide additional boot space given the cruiser’s destination.

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0/100 km/h in 4 seconds

The heart of the Hunter T1+ is a Ford 3.5 V6 engine modified by British Prodrive to be 50% more powerful than the rally car and generate over 600 hp and 700 Nm of torque. It is not banned for one simple reason: “Dakar” has a clear regulation on powers, tuned cars do not … The twin-turbo engine propels the off-road car from 0 to 100 km / h in less than 4 seconds and reaches almost 300 km / h hour. Those are sci-fi numbers, especially if we consider that the car’s setup isn’t exactly like a traditional supercar. Despite the sheer power at its disposal, the Hunter is still a terrain ready vehicle, and not surprisingly, it has 400mm of travel per wheel, up to 50mm more than the competition variant. It also features three differentials (front, center and rear) along with a six-speed gearbox and all-wheel drive. Richards said Prodrive already had three or four buyers, and when they indicated it planned to build 25 units, he emphasized “they know where to find us.” Effective way.



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