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

55 minutes ago

Dakar Rally

Here it is, #MySaudiDakar Episode 2. We follow 2020 Dakar champion 🇺🇸Casey Currie and show you just how much this victory meant to him. 🏆

#Dakar2020

إليكم الجزء الثاني من داكار السعودي⠀
تابعنا بطل فئة المركبات الصحراوية الخفيفة كاسي كاري لمعرفة ماذا يعني له الفوز باللقب
... See Less

1 hr ago

F1

Tiametmarduk, aarava and Alfa Romeo Racing ORLEN Esports driver Dani Bereznay soaked up the atmosphere last week at testing 🤩 ... See Less

Comment on Facebook

It's good to see F1 YouTubers being recogised in the community.

It's so weird to see f1 youtubers being mentioned on the official f1 page

During the off seasons many years ago I used to watch their gameplay videos on YouTube all the time, they've come a long way

Aarav and Ben are THE best F1 YouTubers

All off rhe best for Alfa Romeo old love that never dies

Polish Power ❤🇵🇱

hey ben...

Forza Kubica

Das so komisch das die da alle rumrennen Lukas Amd

It's so good to their success! 🤩

View more comments

3 hrs ago

F1

New look ✅ New features ✅ Bigger prizes ✅
F1 Fantasy is BACK for 2020!!! 🙌 Pick your team for Melbourne now >> f1.com/F1FantasyFB
... See Less

New look ✅ New features ✅ Bigger prizes ✅
F1 Fantasy is BACK for 2020!!! 🙌 Pick your team for Melbourne now >> https://f1.com/F1FantasyFB

Comment on Facebook

Can we please please please get an app for this that can push reminders!

#F12019GamePlay, Episode 11; German Grand Prix (Full Race) Driving As The Legend #LewisHamilton in a 25% race in the #GermanGrandPrix using Logitech G29 with Manual Gearbox. Formula 1 Pre Season Challenge on this Channel Where I am going to start last every race on the calendar and see if we can win the WDC! youtu.be/NmX_ua8iFRk Subscribe to my Youtube channel 👇 www.youtube.com/c/EMB3SimRacer Make sure to check Previous F1 Pre Season Challenge Episodes 👇 www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLIQuPyCUGNcrIrEQ3Z2F3IaiJ0QgzHUzX

Americans and their daily fantasy sports 🙄. I sure do hope F1 gets bought by some other entity right about now. Heck, I’d welcome Bernie back with open arms

Fantasy for the most predictable of all Motorsports? $$ subscriptions must be behind it..

Can't pick any team since Melbourne isn't going to happen because corona.

Release PLAY STORE APP please...

🇵🇱 Join Verva Racing F1 League 🏁: 76285ac713

Alex Crookz Laura Jones good luck!! Can’t wait

Ed Simbol. We getting in on this F1 fantasy or what?!! Lol

Tony Fletcher lets see if we can do better then last year 😂

Ali Ali

Morten Midtgaard Nielsen

Bjorn Sharky D'Hoker

Daniel Crewe Chris Hanssen will do this season

Nicky Sims

Ian Gilly Gilchrist

Matt Kristian time for me to win again

Romain Gauchenot

Sergio Briceño

Andrew Judson

David Grant

Thomas Sweeden

Delta Skye Bellagarda

Chris Watts - Office sweepstake?

Daniel Busson - fancy a friendly rivalry?

View more comments

4 hrs ago

MotoGP

Something BIG is about to happen💥

WorldSBK kicks off this week! 🤩
... See Less

Comment on Facebook

Over 48 hours since I paid for Videopass and still no access and no response from customer service! Come on #motogp you're killin' me here makin' me wait!!

Let’s hope it is close racing this season.

Yay top fan badge

(y) good times 🙂

Hâte que ça reprenne

Andy Evering

Yes..iam Like

Moto gp é mto top 1°

👍

👍👍👍😀

Yay...

😯

Alex

View more comments

Load more