Prodrive wanted to drastically revise its project for the Dakar after the debut of 2021, which ended with the fifth place of Nani Roma and the retirement of Sebastien Loeb.
In addition to developing a vehicle suited to the characteristics of the T1 + category, it will also introduce a more sustainable fuel for its 4×4 prototype.
BRX announced Wednesday that it has developed a “new sustainable fuel” over the past eight months in partnership with Coryton Advanced Fuels, which it has named Prodrive ECOpower.
Furthermore, he has already had the opportunity to test it during a few days of testing completed in Wales.
The composition is characterized by a second generation biofuel produced from agricultural waste, capable of offering an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to traditional petrol.
Prodrive is now ready to begin the Abu Dhabi and Ha’il desert testing program, after these have been delayed by several problems encountered in recent months.
Bahrain Raid Xtreme BRX T1 +
Photo by: Bahrain Raid Xtreme team
Furthermore, the team claims that the Prodrive ECOpower can also be used in place of unleaded petrol and therefore plans to use it on its road cars to demonstrate the usefulness of this technology.
The FIA has changed the regulations of the main Cross Country category, creating two new categories (T1 + and T1-U, the latter for hybrid or electric vehicles), with the aim of opening the door to new technologies and more sustainable engines. Although the official category document for hybrid, electric or hydrogen vehicles has not yet been made public, it is expected to be released at the FIA World Council on Friday.
What was already clarified several months ago, as reported by Motorsport.com, is that the T1 + will have 350mm of suspension travel (compared to the current 280mm), 37-inch wheels (compared to the previous 35-inch which caused numerous punctures. in the first two editions of the Dakar in Saudi Arabia) and a 2.30 meter frame (instead of the two meters of the 2021 version). In addition, the minimum weight go from 1,850 kg to 1,950 kg.
The team, which completed several days of testing in early September with Nani Roma and his new co-driver Alex Haro on a Wales Rally stage, will debut the new fuel at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (5-11 November) and at the Ha’il International Rally (6-11 December), before using it at the Dakar 2022.
“I am a big believer that motorsport plays an important role in developing, testing and promoting new technologies that can help tackle climate change,” commented team principal David Richards.
“The Dakar and the FIA Cross Country Rallies World Cup are the perfect environment to show the benefits of the next generation of sustainable fuels and demonstrate that they can also be used on road vehicles, reducing the use of fossil fuels while still offering the same. performance “.
Andrew Wilson, CEO of Coryton, added: “Coryton has a long history of blending bespoke fuels for the automotive industry, and to further support our customers’ evolving needs, we recently launched Sustain, our new range of sustainable fuels “.
“We knew that partnering with Prodrive would be an ideal way to test our ability in some of the toughest territories in the world, as well as provide us with great engineering expertise.”