Dacia Duster ‘No Limit’ is ready for the Pike Peak hill climb event

Article by Christian A., on May 26, 2011

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.”

Press Release

Dacia Duster « No Limit » : poised to tackle the world's most prestigious hill climb event

Dacia has decided to take on the world's most famous and most challenging hill climb – the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb – which will take place in Colorado, USA, on June 26.

Dacia will enter the American event with a purpose-built 850hp prototype, Dacia Duster 'No Limit'. The car will be driven by three-time Trophée Andros champion Jean-Philippe Dayraut whose ambitious target is quite simply to challenge for the win.


The Renault Group brand Dacia has caused a genuine stir in the motoring world.

In the space of just seven years of consistent growth, it has become one of the market's mainstream players. Indeed, thanks to a range of particularly reliable, spacious and carefully designed vehicles which all deliver an unbeatable performance and equipment package for their price, Dacia has emerged as one of the industry's genuine success stories.

Launched in April 2010, the sixth vehicle of the brand's line-up, the Duster off-roader, was an immediate hit and sales to date have reached almost 127,000 vehicles worldwide. The model has also become the star of the brand's motorsport activities, taking part in competitions like France's Trophée Andros ice-racing series with Alain Prost (two runner-up titles), the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles (2nd and 3rd places in 2011) and, very soon, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.

Its passion for motorsport mirrors the bold and ambitious values promoted by the brand.


Dacia Duster 'No Limit' is an exceptional, extremely powerful car. It was purpose built by teams from Tork Engineering (design, production, assembly, development) and Sodemo (engine), in association with Renault Sport Technologies, which brought its unique motorsport expertise to the table, as well as the supply of certain components.

Dacia Duster 'No Limit' complies with the specific regulations of the American competition's 'Unlimited' class which sets no upper limit on the size or power output of the engine. There is no minimum weight, any tyres may be used and there are no restrictions concerning either the transmission system or aerodynamics.

Beneath its glass-fibre outer skin, Dacia Duster 'No Limit' conceals a number of sophisticated features, including:

- A powerful 850hp engine:
Specially built by Sodemo and based on the Nissan GT-R's NISSAN VR 38 DETT block (3.8-litre V6), the powerplant of Dacia Duster 'No Limit' has been tuned to deliver maximum performance despite the high altitudes visited by the course which starts at 2,860 metres and finishes at 4,300 metres.

- A specific gearbox:
The engine is mated to a sequential six-speed Sadev box specially developed to cope with so much power, while at the same time ensuring quick, precise gearshifts.

- Advanced aerodynamics:
The sort of aerodynamic package featured on Dacia Duster 'No Limit' is of a sort that is rarely authorised in motorsport. It was developed in the wind tunnel and the rear wings are especially impressive.


Jean-Philippe Dayraut has long dreamed of contesting the Pikes Peak Hill Climb in such an exceptional car. It was he who managed to convince Dacia and Renault Sport Technologies to join him in this extraordinary adventure.

The Colorado-based event calls for impeccable traction, despite the fact that grip varies as the half-asphalt/half-dirt course surfaces switches from one type of surface to the other. Only professional drivers with experience of circuit racing and competing on loose surfaces (gravel, ice) can hope to figure at the top of the order. With no fewer than six French titles in single-seater and touring car racing and three Trophée Andros crowns – including the last one – to his name, Jean-Philippe Dayraut is ideally qualified for the mission.

"The Pikes Peak Hill Climb is the only event where you get to keep a monster like this in check while drifting at speeds of 200kph on a course which features a mix of asphalt and dirt," notes Jean-Philippe Dayraut. "I can't think of any other form of motorsport where such cars are authorised."


Location: Colorado (USA)
Course length: 20km
Start altitude: 2,860 metres
Finish altitude: 4,300 metres
Surface type: half-asphalt/half-dirt
Course record ('Unlimited' class): 10m 1.42s
Record established by Japan's Tajima Nobuhiro (Suzuki) in 2007

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