AP Racing Technical Partner to Bahrain Raid Extreme (BRX)
Braking the mould
AP Racing, the leading manufacturer of performance brake and clutch systems, has become a technical partner to Bahrain Raid Xtreme (BRX). The team’s car, the Prodrive Hunter, has been re-designed by UK-based motorsport specialists, Prodrive, to meet new FIA T1+ cross country regulations and will compete at the 44th running of the Dakar Rally, which will take place in Saudi Arabia in January 2022.
Alongside bespoke billet monobloc calipers, AP Racing is supplying its latest D drive Ø355 disc assemblies, the all-new pull type pedal box with master cylinders and its Ø184mm cerametallic clutch for the updated Hunter T1+.
The programme has already seen success this year, culminating in the team setting eight out of a possible 11 fastest sector times at the Baja Aragon event in July. The Hunter has now been revised with bigger tyres, more suspension travel and a wider track, to meet the new T1+ regulations, devised to balance the performance of the two- and four-wheel drive cars.
Richard Gregory, head of sales at AP Racing, is delighted with the relationship and commented: “We’re thrilled to be working with Prodrive on such a prestigious initiative. The Hunter looks and sounds fantastic – and with our help, will stop as powerfully too. Prodrive and AP Racing are shining examples of the passion and technical excellence of the UK’s motorsport industry and it’s great to be working alongside the BRX team.”
Paul Doe, BRX chief engineer, added: “It’s great to be working with AP Racing with all the technical expertise they bring to the programme. Testing of the new car has begun and we believe we have the best package of car and drivers to bring us success at the Dakar and in FIA Cross Country Championship next year.”