Dacia Duster coming to Pikes Peak International Hill Climb

Article by Christian A., on January 31, 2011

Dacia and Renault are working on a version of the Ice, an incarnation of the Dacia Duster intended specifically for one of the most famous events in the world, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. This was reported by Le Blog Auto, which also claimed that this version will deliver no less than 850hp.

Late last year, a new version of the Dacia Duster, one of the least expensive SUVs on the market, came out. The 3.0l V6 powered Ice, which was meant for Alain Prost and his take at the Trophee Andros, appeared to be years ahead of the regular production versions of the model.

A source said that Tork Engineering, the company that created the Ice, is leading this project. A V8 engine will be sourced from a Nissan GT-R and will be fitted on a Duster body that would not be heavier than 900 kg. In addition, the car and the run for the Pikes Peak would be trusted to Jean-Philippe Dayraut, a rival of Prost in the Trophee Andros.

This report has yet to be confirmed but this actually shouldn’t come as a surprise since the carmaker intended for the Duster to be more than a low cost model, such as the Logan or the Sandero. 

There is no question that the Dacia Duster 'No Limit' is indeed an extremely powerful and extraordinary car. It was created with the help of teams from Sodemo who was in-charge of the engine and Tork Engineering who was tasked with design, production, assembly, and development.

The work was done in partnership with Renault Sport Technologies, whose contribution was to share its knowledge on motorsport and supply of some of the components. This particular vehicle manages to fulfil the specific guidelines set by the American competition's 'Unlimited' class where there is no limitation on the size of the engine or its power output.

No minimum weight was set and all kinds of tyres are allowed. In addition, there are no limitations as well on the aerodynamics and transmission system. Just under the glass-fibre outer skin of the Dacia Duster 'No Limit' are different sophisticated features. There is of course the 850 hp engine that was exclusively made by Sodemo.

The engine was made based on the Nissan GT-R's NISSAN VR 38 DETT block which is a 3.8-litre V6 engine. For the Dacia Duster 'No Limit' however, the powerplant was tuned in order for it to have maximum performance even at high altitudes like the course which starts at 2,860 meters and ends at 4,300 meters.

This engine is paired to a Sadev sequential six-speed gearbox which was specifically developed to handle the power output and to allow for precise and quick gearshifts. Meanwhile the aerodynamic package on the Dacia Duster 'No Limit' is one that is not typically allowed in motorsport. It was created in the wind tunnels and it is quite clear that the rear wings are truly magnificent.

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