Land Rover will take part in Dakar againDecember 23, 2020
The company will provide two Land Rover Defenders to the BRX team
Land Rover will again take part in the Dakar. True, this time the British manufacturer decided to limit itself to technical support for the new Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) team, which will be provided with a couple of new Defender 110s.
The BRX team is a joint venture between the British engineering firm Prodrive and Bahrain’s State Welfare Fund Mumtalakat. Motorsport is one of the priority areas for the country’s development, as indicated in the Economic Vision 2030, and all activities are supported by His Royal Highness the Crown Prince of Bahrain. At the Dakar, BRX will exhibit two prototypes of the T1 class, driven by the rally-raid legends Sebastien Loeb and Nani Roma.
Land Rover, in turn, will provide technical support to the newly minted team and provide two Defender 110 P400 SUVs. Both vehicles are equipped with a 3.0 inline-six with a 48-volt hybrid superstructure, ZF automatic transmission, four-wheel drive, air suspension and an Explorer Pack. These include a snorkel, roof rack, wheel arch linings and additional boxes on the sidewalls of the body. Plus, a sliding ladder is fixed on the left side.
BRX will serve 48 people in total. In addition to two prototypes and a pair of Defenders, the team’s fleet includes three MAN vehicles, three MAN all-wheel drive buses, three campers, a T4.3 class truck and a MAN tractor. The prototypes are driven by a V6 3.5 biturbo engine with a capacity of 400 forces and 700 Nm of torque, coupled with a six-speed “sequential”. The volume of the tank is 500 liters. The drive is full, with three differentials. Structurally, the BRX machines are a chassis with a high-strength steel frame, covered with a carbon fiber body. The buggy was designed by Ian Callum, former chief stylist at Jaguar.
Interestingly, Dakar participation is nothing new for Land Rover. The British managed to check in in the very first rally-raid in 1979. Then the winner of the marathon was Alain Genestier in a Range Rover V8. Two years later, in 1981, luck smiled at Rene Metge, who also drove an eight-cylinder British SUV. In 1984 and 1987, Range Rovers were second in the Dakar, and in 1983 and 1988 – third.
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