Nine-time WRC champion Sébastien Loeb arrives back to the Dakar with a brand-new car. Loeb has joined up with the Bahrain Raid Xtreme Team and will be behind the wheel of their fearsome BRX Hunter T1 car.
The Frenchman’s four-wheel drive vehicle features a bespoke 3.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine – a first at the Dakar. During today’s shakedown the package looked and sounded mightily impressive, and the 2017 Dakar runner-up can’t wait to put it to the test against his rivals in the desert.
“We have a new project with a new car and that’s always exciting.” – Sébastien Loeb
The aims of the Hunter project match the limitless ambition of Loeb himself. There’s serious brainpower behind the design of the car and some in the bivouac are saying we could be about to witness history – victory on the vehicle’s Dakar debut drive! Take a closer look at the BRX Hunter T1 in the clip above.
Reading the roadbook for Loeb in Saudi Arabia will be his long-time co-driver Daniel Elena.
The 2021 Dakar starts with a short prologue stage on Saturday, January 2 and finishes on Friday, January 15 in Jeddah.