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US News: completely redesigned BRX Hunter: Sebastien Loeb dreams of the Dakar victory

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The British Rally Schmied Prodrive stands before the second rally Dakar in Saudi Arabia. A total of three BRX Hunter T1 + vehicles have been reported. Sebastien Loeb and Nani Roma were already at the past edition. New to the Bahrain Raid Xtreme program stoves Orlando Terranova.

Also Prodrive has adapted the Hunter to the new T1 + regulations. The new vehicle uses 37-inch tires to 17-inch rims. This makes the 32-inch pneus and 16-inch rims history.

In addition, the spring path was increased from 280 millimeters to 350 millimeters. The car has also been widened from two meters to 2.3 meters. As a result, the body, the drive and the wheel suspension had to be adjusted.

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Longer wishbones and newly configured damper have changed the suspension geometry significantly. Larger brakes have also been installed on the 17-inch wheels. The larger tire radius increases the load on the powertrain.

Therefore, the cardan shaft, drive shafts and the differentials had to be adapted. Almost half of the body was redesigned. The Hunter T1 + is powered by a V6 engine, which includes a capacity of 3.5 liters and has two turbochargers.

The power outputs Prodrrive with around 405 hp. The maximum torque is 700 Newton meters. Together with Coryton Advanced Fuels, a sustainable fuel was developed, which eliminates 80 percent less greenhouse gases compared to gasoline.

No Smooth Preparation

Over the past few weeks, preparation for the Dakar rally did not run smoothly. At the beginning of November, participation in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge had to be canceled. With a private test, the tankstop had come to a maltheur.

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A fire had broken out. A mechanic has been injured and had to go to the hospital after a first supply. Prodrive subsequently examined the reasons for the fire. At the beginning of December, all three drivers could test extensively in Dubai.

Since the T1 + vehicle is slightly heavier and driving differently through the larger mature, the drivers had to get used to the new feeling. "At the test we did something of everything, because we needed these kilometers to prepare the Dakar," says Loeb.

Loeb and Roma anticipate chances of winning

The Rally Record World Champion will not work together with his longtime passenger Daniel Elena. The Monegasse finished his career. At the Dakar, Loeke co-pilot will be the Belgian Fabian Lurquin, which has a lot of experience.

"Our ambition is of course to do it as well as possible," says Loeb about his goals. "But the Dakar is always very tricky and everything must be fitted - driving and navigation. The car must be strong. You can not make mistakes."

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"The absolute goal would be if we would win the Dakar," the Frenchman does not make a secret from his big dream. The 47-year-old is also confident: "After the final test, we can slowly start thinking about it."

Roma has won the DAKAR 2004 with the motorcycle (KTM) and 2014 by car (X-RAID Mini). In January 2021, Roma reached the target ramp as the fifth, while Loeb had arrived early because of tire damage and suspension break.

"Since the T1 + car has greater tires," says Roma, "I can now hold the speed in places where it has not been possible before. The main thing is that the car is strong." It's exciting times. " His co-pilot will be Alex Haro.

also Roma expects a top result: "If we have the same reliability to improve the speed and some details, then we have a chance, because all are on the same level. The last time the buggies were superior."

Terranova is standing before its 17th Dakar. The Argentine will work together in the third Brx-Boliding with Dani Oliveras.

track "Absolute madness" - Walkner remains second .
Matthias Walkner stays at the Rally Dakar in the top field. Austria's motocross star retains the second overall rank. © Imago Images Walkner on the sixth section around the Saudi capital Riad the KTM pilot took the third stage rank, after 421 kilometers 2:36 minutes had a residue on the Australian day winner Daniel Sanders. The Briton Sam Sunderland clasped ten seconds from Walkner to the second place, thus retain the overall tour in the motorcycle rating at the half-time of the rally classic.

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