Dakar: Bahrain and Prodrive join forces to enter own team in Dakar 2021

Dakar: Bahrain and Prodrive join forces to enter own team in Dakar 2021

5 February 2020-Bahrain Mumtalakat Holding Company (Mumtalakat), the sovereign wealth fund of the Kingdom of Bahrain, today announced  the establishment of a new joint venture with Prodrive, the British motorsport and engineering group.

The new company, Prodrive International, builds on Prodrive’s extensive experience in developing championship winning race and rally cars, and has been established with the aim of designing and manufacturing cars to compete in the Dakar Rally in Saudi Arabia from 2021.

The new Prodrive International car, specifically developed for the Dakar Rally, will compete in the top level T1 class. Two rally cars will be manufactured and operated annually by Prodrive International who will also produce other customer cars and offer a range of performance parts and body kits as accessories for clients.

Bahrain sponsored the winning car in this year’s inaugural Dakar Rally in the Middle East, which opened in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia and concluded in the country’s capital, Riyadh. With the establishment of Prodrive International, Bahrain will compete in 2021 with its own team.

Commenting on the partnership, HE Khalid Al Rumaihi, Mumtalakat CEO, said, ‘Prodrive has participated in numerous regional and international motorsports events throughout its 30+ years of operation, winning six FIA World Rally Championships, five Le Mans titles and seven Middle East Rally Championships. We’re very proud of the Rally’s move to the region and in partnering with Prodrive, we expand Bahrain’s significant motorsport heritage, having established the Bahrain International Circuit to host Formula One in the Middle East for the first time in 2004.’

David Richards CBE, Founder & Chairman of Prodrive added, ‘It has been a long-held ambition of mine and Prodrive to compete in the Dakar Rally. To be able to do so with the Kingdom of Bahrain’s sovereign wealth fund, Mumtalakat, and in Saudi Arabia, makes the prospect even more special as the Middle East is where Prodrive started its motorsport journey in 1984. Dakar is a new and challenging project for Prodrive, but one that I and the whole team in Banbury are relishing.’

Jonny Bourne OBE, Prodrive International’s interim CEO, explained, ‘As well as aiming to be competitive and innovative at the Dakar Rally in its fabulous new Middle Eastern setting, this joint venture also presents the opportunity to introduce to the Kingdom of Bahrain further high technology industries, which create employment, enhance local expertise and raise the profile of Bahrain as a centre of technological excellence in the Arabian Gulf.’

facebook feed

Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

41 minutes ago

MotoGP

The next hero in a long line of American motorcycle racing talent? 🇺🇸

Go behind the scenes with Joe Roberts racer in this exclusive documentary as he sets out on his path to take a nation back to the top ✨

#MotoGP
... See Less

Comment on Facebook

Gosh, that livery is amazing. LOVE the helmet!

Us American fans can only hope. It’s been a long time since the golden age of American riders that I grew up watching.

Wish ya was racing at home this weekend!!!

It's time to rise again USA 😀

Long line ?

Je m'implique moins ds ka moto2 que ds le MotoGP classe 1000 mais j'aime regarder de la moto3 jusk'a MotoGP sauf que trop de pilotes sur le plateau moto2 je retient pas tout forcément merci Steve Ragaud

La famille roberts Grand nom de la MotoGP du père kenny Robert puis kenny Robert jr champion du monde avec Suzuki et maintena t le fiston! En lui espérant la même carrière que ses aînés!

Use the front very late along with the rear you moron

Hate it when you do this, he has 1 podium and now all eyes are on him so he is gunna feel a mountain of pressure and if he fails that's the end of his career you guys got to stop making a big deal so early all the time what if he can't take the pressure of everyone focused on him 😒

View more comments

2 hrs ago

24H Series

The new 24H DUBAI 2020 merchandise is now online in our shop!

Check out our shop now, and get yourself a limited edition 24H DUBAI polo, vest or cap😍

www.24hseries.store
... See Less

The new 24H DUBAI 2020 merchandise is now online in our shop!

Check out our shop now, and get yourself a limited edition 24H DUBAI polo, vest or cap😍

www.24hseries.store

Comment on Facebook

What, no umbrellas or wellington boots?!

2 hrs ago

F1

"Being able to control a 700kg, 1000 horsepower car only with your hands and your feet is... it's the best thing" - we hear you, Romain Grosjean 😍 🤩 ... See Less

Comment on Facebook

I used to love this driver, great talent but now he’s just unpredictable driver.

Karim: "Being able to CRASH a 700kg, 1000 horsepower car only with your hands and your feet is... it's the best thing" - we hear you, Romain Grosjean"

Of course I can't drive as well as Grosjean, but I can still differ a good race driver from a bad one.

Not the best driver, but a generally good guy.

Ah the hate and cheap jokes on Romain Grosjean. I bet the majority of the haters here can’t even ride a tricycle without going flat on their faces! Get a life, kids.

The problem is you are not good enough. You crash even under saftycar rules.

its a formula ignorant, not a car, you know nothing and you talk. shame

The problem is there Romain you can't control a 700 kg car with 1000 horsepower, Mr Gunter has had enough of you and Kevin 🤣

Yeah takes a special kind of talent to spin a car in pit lane and end up facing the wrong way.

Is he reading that out for someone coz this guy couldn't control a shopping kart

Just exactly what the hell is left to control the car with? Is there a lesser-known control system that uses, exclusively, ear muscles, armpits, and hip flexors?????

But he can’t control it lol. Poor romain. Give me the wheel I’ll show you 🙃

Wreck it Roman, coming to a safety barrier near you

Grosjean and car handling? April Fools, I got it.

Ironically the only F1 driver who can’t control a 700kg 1000hp car 🤔

All the expert race car drivers on this post 😂🤣😂🤣 Yeah, Grosjean isn't the best, but he's certainly better than all you facebookers knocking him 😉

To whomsoever it concerns, he has 10 podium finishes to his name!!

Since the 2020 F1 season is pretty much cancelled, Grojean took on a warehouse job..

Goes to show what you think you can realise, no matter how far-fetched! Just look at Romain Grosjean.... An F1 driver.... Still... Wow...

His best season to date was 2013, when he was team mate to Räikkönen at Lotus. Got 6 podiums and 7 other points finishes, but since 2014 his career’s been very inconsistent

The best driver on the grid that knows how to crash

Too bad there are no racing series like that...

“Being able to control.”

well, he is the one who "can" control it the least from all the grid 🙂

Still mastering the art of leaving the pitlane!

View more comments

Load more