Prodrive will now compete in the Dakar Rally

With the help of a big investor
by Greg Potts | Feb 9, 2020
PHOTO: TopGear.com

British motorsport firm Prodrive has six World Rally Championship titles, five Le Mans class wins, and four British Touring Car Championships to its name. Not a bad record at all, but it’s now setting sights on a different competition altogether—the Dakar Rally.

Yep, the ex-McRae lads and lasses have teamed up with the Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company—the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain—to develop a new rally raid car that’ll compete in the top-level T1 class.

The Dakar Rally moved to Saudi Arabia for the 2020 iteration after a decade of the grueling endurance event in South America. January’s race was won by 57-year-old Carlos Sainz in a Mini X-raid that was sponsored by the Mumtalakat Holding Company, so it’s no surprise to see the Kingdom upping its involvement.

The deal with Prodrive will see a new company created. Known as Prodrive International, it’ll design, manufacture, and run two factory cars in the 2021 Dakar Rally while also supplying customer teams with cars and parts.

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The render above is from Prodrive itself, although we’re presuming that was a quick thing knocked up by the Photoshop department rather than a proper glimpse at what the car will look like. Stay tuned for more info.

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NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.

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