Bahraini students help guide Brx to success in World Rally Raids

Six Bahraini engineering students had a unique opportunity to help keep Bahrain Raid Xtreme on course for victory in the new world

Rally Raid Championship (WRRC).

The group, selected by the University of Bahrain, American University of Bahrain and Bahrain Polytechnic University, have just completed a month-long internship at world-leading motorsport and high-tech company Prodrive in England.

During their time in the heart of the UK’s multi-billion pound ‘Motorsport Valley’ they have been involved in the design, construction and day-to-day running of the BRX Hunter car which is currently leading the inaugural WRRC.

At Prodrive’s state-of-the-art headquarters in Banbury, Oxfordshire, they helped build the new Hunter chassis that will be used at the two remaining WRRC rounds in Morocco and Spain in October.

They also helped design parts for the BRX Hunters that will compete in the 2023 Dakar Rally, taking place in Saudi Arabia in early January.

Fares Alqutami, a third-year student at the American University of Bahrain, said: “I modified a cover that is part of the engine to be used on the Hunter at the Dakar. This means I have a personal connection to the Bahrain Raid Xtreme rally car and as a Bahraini I am very proud.”

The internships have highlighted the simplicity and benefits of the new electronic visa waiver status, which allows travelers from Bahrain and Saudi Arabia to visit the UK for six months.

BRX is a partnership between Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company, Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, and Prodrive. Further internships are planned to give Bahraini students hands-on experience and the opportunity to build careers in international motorsport at the highest level.

The Hunter was developed by Prodrive to win the Dakar Rally for BRX. A limited edition all-terrain hypercar version is now being built to buyers’ individual specifications.

“We are excited to offer these Bahraini engineering students the opportunity to gain insight into all the technology behind the Bahrain Raid Xtreme team,” said David Richards, Chairman of Prodrive.

“They were able to experience how we develop, manufacture and operate the BRX Hunter at the toughest motorsport event in the world, the Dakar. We have also confirmed that we will consider prospects for a full-time position in the team after they have completed their studies.”

Fareed Abusaqer, a mechanical engineer from Bahrain Polytechnic University, said: “To be at the heart of the Bahrain Raid Xtreme rally team is amazing.

“I designed a handbrake for the Hunter hypercar and got feedback from the engineers on where it was good, but also where it needed strengthening. I really want to do this professionally and pursue this prototype engineering at a high level.”

The other Bahraini students who benefited tremendously from the placements were Hasan Alasfoor and Mohamed Nader from the University of Bahrain, Salman Ahmed from the American University of Bahrain and Jasim Althawadi, who is studying at Bahrain Polytechnic University.

Knowledge transfer is a valuable resource offered by Prodrive’s skilled staff who have won six FIA World Rally titles, six Le Mans 24 Hours titles, nine FIA ​​World Sports Car titles and five British Touring Car titles.

The students from Bahrain gained a wealth of experience in Great Britain. This included engine testing using the Prodrive dyno, which measures power, torque and horsepower, and instructions on how to integrate the hybrid performance with the sustainable fuel already used by the BRX Hunter in the WRRC.

They were involved in critical BRX planning meetings for the final two rounds of the WRRC, with nine-time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb’s Chaser leading at half-time.

They visited the Prodrive Composites facility in Milton Keynes, the famous Catesby Tunnel underground test facility for aerodynamics and vehicle performance, and the Milbrook automotive proving ground.

As part of a busy supporting programme, they traveled to London, Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh, took part in skeet shooting and visited Shelsley Walsh, the oldest motorsport race track in the world.

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  1. David Richards, Chairman of Prodrive, with the six students from Bahrain.

2 & 3. The students were involved in the design, construction and day-to-day operation of the BRX Hunter, which currently directs the first WRRC

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