In case your thought of a each day driver is a nearly-600-horsepower anime monster on wheels, ProDrive has simply the automobile for you. The Hunter, primarily based on the BRX excessive off-road race automobile of the identical identify, is billed by developer ProDrive because the “World’s First All-Terrain Hypercar,” and it may be yours for simply £1.25 million ($1.63 million). Plus tax.
“There are quite a few hypercars in the marketplace, nonetheless all of them want good roads and even race tracks to point out their efficiency,” mentioned ProDrive chairman David Richards within the firm’s announcement. “We recognized that in sure elements of the world, notably the Center East, there are huge expanses nonetheless to be explored that go means past the entry supplied by asphalt roads. Due to this fact why not create a car that offers the chance to discover these areas with efficiency means past that provided by any off-road car earlier than.”
The Hunter is constructed round an old school internal-combustion engine. The dual-turbo, dry sump Ford six-cylinder produces a minimum of 592 horsepower (600 bhp) and 516 pound-feet of torque, which is considerably greater than it makes in race spec. That is one advantage of the road; there aren’t any rules (and corresponding restrictor plates) to spoil all of your big-horsepower enjoyable. Energy goes to the bottom by means of a six-speed paddle-shifted gearbox mated to entrance, rear and heart differentials routing torque to all 4 wheels. ProDrive says this combo is nice for a 0-62 time below 4.0 seconds and a high velocity within the neighborhood of 180 mph, however confused that on-road efficiency isn’t the Hunter’s raison d’être.
“We took the deliberate resolution to maintain the Hunter Hypercar as near the unique as potential,” mentioned Richards. “It’s about giving house owners the chance to expertise what it’s prefer to drive Loeb’s Dakar automobile throughout the desert, however with all of the comforts of a highway automobile and the flexibility to drive it from your own home, via a metropolis, to any vacation spot of your alternative.”
Just like the race automobile, the Hunter’s chassis is a metal tube-frame setup wrapped in carbon fiber physique panels. The suspension is a double-wishbone setup entrance and rear with adjustable dampers. 17-inch wheels with 35-inch off-road tires are normal; behind them you may spot six-piston Brembo brakes. The Hunter road automobile additionally will get an additional 50mm of suspension journey to enhance trip high quality over the racer’s. The outside might look a bit like Pikachu auditioning for a “Automobiles” sequel, however a minimum of you may inform all your mates that it was penned by Ian Callum. Which means it is mainly a Vanquish, proper?
We’re usually not satisfied by the everyday race automobile for the road (or on this case, “Ferrari of the desert” turned race automobile for the road) hyperbole, however the Hunter is an unbelievable efficiency machine that’s conspicuously missing in creature comforts. How missing? Properly, ProDrive’s listing of inside options consists of carbon fiber seats, six-point security harnesses, a hearth suppression system and light-weight battery.
That is not precisely an extra of luxurious, however Callum was introduced again in to assist design some cabin components that had been essential to make the Hunter extra livable in each day life, together with a middle console with barely extra standard switchgear. The announcement made no particular point out of air con, however there is a snowflake icon seen amongst the controls, so we’ll assume it a minimum of affords that. For greater than $1.5 million, that appears cheap.