Steve Cropley: Prodrive visit bodes well for winter motorsport


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This week our man takes in a pop-up Porsche launch, visits a motoring Mecca and adds another tome to his reading list Absorbing morning at Prodrive, the Banbury race engineering firm, where the car park was stuffed because everyone was working flat out on either last-minute fettling ofLe Mans team Astons (we’ll know how they fared by the time you read this) orthe brand-new Bahraini-backed BRX T1 . The off-road racer is proceeding on a minute-by-minute schedule towards a shakedown starting next month, leading to the 4400-mile Dakar Rally in January. Team principal and Prodrive founder David Richards showed me around. We heard the off-roader’s 3.0-litreFord -derived V6 on full song on the dyno, saw a lot of (recyclable) composite panels being readied for final assembly and stood in awe beside the massive, triangulated steel spaceframe that forms the backbone of the whole vehicle. It’s a huge job, creating a competitive car for this uniquely punishing event, especially since most riva

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