Dacia has printed preliminary main points of its Sandrider rally-raid device that can bid for total honours within the Final T1+ elegance at subsequent yr’s Dakar.
The Prodrive-built automotive shall be powered by means of a 3-litre V6 twin-turbo engine with direct injection, generating a most energy output of 360bhp to traverse the Saudi Arabian wasteland.
It’s going to have four-by-four force, with a six-speed sequential gearbox and double wishbone suspension on the entrance and rear. Suspension shuttle will succeed in 350mm over the dunes and the auto will run on BF Goodrich 37-inch tyres. Dacia and Prodrive have put emphasis on weight distribution against the entrance in a quest for optimum traction.
The Sandrider will run on artificial gas from Aramco that mixes hydrogen with sequestered carbon dioxide to cut back carbon emissions. In contrast to the Audi RS Q e-tron that received this yr’s Dakar, the Dacia does no longer have an electrified powertrain.
Dacia says that the aerodynamics are being evolved with gas potency in thoughts, claiming a ten in line with cent relief in drag and 40 in line with cent much less carry in comparison to identical rally-raid prototypes. It has additionally taken with preserving the auto mild, utilising a tubular chassis and carbon fibre frame panels.
The design proven in render pictures is no-frills, however demonstrates Dacia’s intention to propound its street automotive logo philosophy of essentialism. Ergonomic options for the drivers come with a modular dashboard for particular person adjustment, anti-reflective paint on the best of the windscreen to support visibility, and a brief bonnet that is helping with box of view.
Trying out is about to begin in a while and Dacia plans to offer the Sandrider its festival debut in October, on the ultimate spherical of this yr’s FIA International Rally-Raid Championship in Morocco. That tournament shall be a very powerful within the Renault logo’s preparation for its first strive at outright Dakar glory in January 2025.
9-time FIA International Rally champion Sebastien Loeb, five-time Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah and 2022 Excessive E champion Cristina Gutierrez will force every of the 3 automobiles.