Bahrain will have a new team competing in the Dakar Rally 2021.
Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX) is the result of the Kingdom's sovereign wealth fund, Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat) teaming up with British motorsport firm Prodrive to create Prodrive International.
BRX’s bespoke Dakar Rally T1 car was built using Prodrive's three decades of experience. The four-wheel drive car is powered by a 3.5 litre turbo-charged petrol V6 and is currently being assembled in Banbury, UK.
The red car has been designed by Callum, headed by Ian Callum, one of the world’s leading automotive designers.
David Richards CBE, founder and chairman of Prodrive, is BRX Team Director.
A World Rally Championship-winning co-driver in 1981, Richards was also instrumental in developing motorsport in the Middle East in the 1970s and '80s.
He said: “The Dakar Rally is one of the great challenges within motorsport, and one that Prodrive has been wanting to undertake for a long time; waiting for the right opportunity. The idea came from HRH Prince Salman for Bahrain to enter a team. That was the birth of BRX.
“Our design team has been working on the car for over more than nine months. We have already been evaluating the engine on our transient dyno in Banbury and the first chassis is now being assembled in our workshop. The formation of a new team is incredibly exciting for everyone involved, and we truly believe we have created a team and car that is perfect to take on the Dakar Rally.”
HE Khalid Al Rumaihi, Mumtalakat CEO, added: “Bahrain has a proud heritage in motorsport, and for supporting ambitious endeavours. BRX is the perfect embodiment of the two. With the expertise of David Richards and his team, coupled with Bahrain’s desire to showcase our region to the world makes for a truly exciting venture for Mumtalakat and our country. When BRX arrives at the 2021 Dakar Rally start line, it will be a very proud moment, and a chapter in Bahrain’s motorsport history that we are looking forward to writing.”