Sébastien Loeb’s BRX Dakar Rally machine unveiled

Frenchman to race 3.5 litre V6 Bahrain Raid Xtreme car in Saudi Arabia.

Nine-time World Rally Champion Sébastien Loeb will begin his fifth Dakar Rally when the 7,646km race across the Saudi Arabian dunes begins with the prologue on Saturday January 2.


And the Frenchman will negotiate the gruelling desert conditions in a fearsome new Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) Hunter T1 machine, with the Prodrive run team embarking on their maiden Dakar.

Loeb’s four-wheel drive vehicle features a bespoke 3.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine – a first at the Dakar. History could be made over the coming weeks with no car ever winning the overall title in its debut Dakar drive.

Reading the roadbook for Loeb in Saudi Arabia will be his long-time co-driver Daniel Elena. Loeb said: “We have a new project with a new car and that’s always exciting.”

Photographer Credit:
Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

Full car specification

ENGINE

Front-mid3.5 litre V6 twin turboSingle plenum/throttleDry sumpPower 400 bhpTorque 700 Nm

TRANSMISSION

4-wheel driveSix speed sequential shift gearboxFront, centre and rear differentials

CHASSIS

High strength steel tubular structureCarbon and natural fibre composite bodyworkBuilt-in hydraulic jacks

SUSPENSION

Double wishboneTwo fully adjustable dampers per wheel

INTERIOR

Carbon fibre seatsSix-point safety harnessDual fire extinguisher systemLightweight lithium-ion batteryNavigation system

FUEL SYSTEM

500 litre in safety cell to FIA standards

BRAKES

Six pot front calipersSix pot rear calipersVented discs

WHEEL & TYRES

16 X 7

WEIGHT & DIMENSIONS

Length – 4.5mWidth – 2.0mHeight – 1.8mWheelbase – 2.9mDry weight – 1850kg

Photographer Credit:Flavien Duhamel/Red Bull Content Pool

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