When we mention the word hypercar, they’re usually thought of as hybrid-assisted supercars that are low-slung and designed to go fast on paved roads. However, a British motorsport company is changing that narrative.
Just months after the BRX Hunter T1+ driven by Sébastien Loeb finished second in the 2022 Dakar rally, Prodrive has taken things to the extreme and created a road version of the rally raid vehicle called the Hunter hypercar.
Usually, road versions offer less performance than their competition counterparts. But this one is different. While the BRX already produces a healthy 300 PS from its 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6, the Hunter hypercar has 600 PS at its disposal. That’s right, Prodrive has increased the engine power of the Dakar competition car by 50% for the road-legal model.
The upgrades don’t stop there either. The versatile double wishbone suspension has been carried over from the Dakar rally car, but the suspension travel has been increased from 350mm to 400mm to provide a smoother ride on and off road. Additionally, the six-speed sequential gearbox has been replaced with a six-speed paddle-shift transmission to provide smooth gear changes within milliseconds.
Essentially, the road car is quite a Dakar rally car, and more. According to David Richards, “We made a conscious decision to keep the Hunter Hypercar as close to the original as possible. This is to give owners the opportunity to experience what it is like to drive Loeb’s Dakar car. through the desert, but with all the comforts of a road car and the ability to drive it from your home, through a city, to any destination you choose.”
Prodrive estimates that the Hunter hypercar can hit 100 km/h from a standstill in less than 4 seconds and has a top speed of almost 300 km/h. So what is the retail price of one of these? A whopping 1.25 million GBP (about PHP 86.25 million) plus local taxes.
Currently, the Hunter hypercar is still in the development phase, but not for long. Production vehicles are expected to be delivered later this year. And you guessed it right, most of its buyers are from the Middle East.