Source: AP Racing post

COVENTRY, U.K. — The Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX)’s Prodrive Hunter has been re-designed to meet new FIA T1+ cross country regulations and will compete at the 44th running of the Dakar Rally, which takes place in Saudi Arabia January 2022, with key AP Racing components..

Following the introduction of Dakar’s new T1+ regulations, Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) operated by Prodrive, has redesigned its Hunter in preparation for the 2022 Dakar in Saudi Arabia. The platform has already established itself as a contender, with BRX setting eight out of a possible 11 fastest sector times at the Baja Aragon event in July.

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The new T1+ Hunter runs on larger tyres with a wider track and significantly increased suspension travel. These alterations required extensive changes to the Hunter’s drivetrain, suspension and bodywork, in turn leading to new calipers, pedal box, master cylinder and clutch requirements.

Having worked with AP Racing for many years across a range of projects – including World Rally Car, Group M Rally, BTCC and Formula One – Prodrive turned to the renowned brake and clutch specialist for its support with the Hunter upgrade programme. Continuing its long history of partnership and collaboration, Prodrive and AP Racing engineers set to work developing an ll-new package for the T1+ Hunter.

“It was very exciting to once again work with the Prodrive team, our long-time collaborator,” explained David Hamblin, Managing Director at AP Racing. “The Hunter doesn’t just look and sound fantastic, but it is an incredibly capable off-road racing machine too – designed to set the pace in rugged and inhospitable conditions. With such impressive performance, it was vital that the all-new T1+ specification Hunter had the required stopping power.”

A unique and capable package AP Racing’s engineers put together a bespoke package for the Hunter T1+, including the company’s innovative D drive 355mm disc assemblies, Radi-CAL billet monobloc calipers and a pull-type pedal box, with high-performance master cylinders and 184mm cerametallic clutch. Importantly, identical brakes were developed for both the front and rear, enabling BRX to carry spares appropriate for all four wheels and ensuring efficient servicing.

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