The 850hp Nissan GT-R Duster that will be competing in the Pikes Peak hill climb event this June has finally been named. Renault wants it to be referred to as the Dacia Duster ‘No Limit’. It is an outstanding, highly powerful car that that was developed specifically for racing here.
Tork Engineering designed, produced, developed and built the Dacia Duster 'No Limit' while Sodemo worked on its engine. Renault Sport Technologies supplied certain parts and also made suggestions based on its motorsports expertise.
The name is fitting as the vehicle meets the specific regulations of the race’s 'Unlimited' class that doesn’t set an upper limit on either the size or power output of its engine. The rules don’t indicate a minimum weight as well.
There are no restrictions on the type of tires or on its aerodynamics or transmission system. Sodemo based its engine on the Nissan GT-R's NISSAN VR 38 DETT block.
This 3.8-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine was tweaked to offer 850hp. Its engine is coupled to a sequential six-speed Sadev box that was designed to be able to handle this much power. At the same time, it also guarantees quick and precise gearshifts.
Exceptional, powerful, astonishing are some of the words used to describe the Dacia Duster 'No Limit' by those who have seen it in action. It was assembled by a team including Tork Engineering, Sodermo and Renault Sport Technologies. Together they have created something truly unique and capable of destroying the competition in the Pikes Peak Challenge.
With no limits in place at all with regards to weight, tyres, transmission size, aerodynamic, engine size or power, the Dacia Duster fully complies with the American competition's 'Unlimited' class system for the race.
But it begs the question: who would race or want to manufacture a car such as this? It was Jean-Philippe Dayraut who dreamed that dream. The champion driver is no stranger to challenges, having won no less than six French titles in single-seater and touring car racing and three Trophée Andros trophies. Now Jean-Philippe has set his eyes on a new challenge and that is to conquer the Pikes Peak Hill Climb with the Dacia Duster. In order to achieve this dream, the Frenchman managed to convince Dacia and Renault Sport Technologies to join him in what promises to be an extraordinary journey.
For anyone who knows the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in Colorado, they will know you need unbeatable traction as the course changes from asphalt to dirt and back again at a moment’s notice. It is why only highly experienced, professional drivers with knowledge of how to compete on different surfaces can hope to finish anywhere near the top.
When asked about his mission, Jean-Philippe Dayraut said "the only competition where you can drive a monster such as this is the Pikes Peak Climb. With such difficult conditions and drifting speeds of 200kph there can be no other challenge in terms of motorsport where such a car would be allowed.”