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Sandero a bit too slow for you? Check out Dacia’s Duster ice racing car – complete with 257kW Nissan V6 power and all-wheel drive.

Vehicle Specs
Manufacturer Dacia
Model Duster competition
Engine 3l V6
Power 257kW @ 7 500r/min
Torque 350Nm @ 5 500r/min
Transmission Six-speed
Fuel Tank 25l
Weight 950kg
Tyres Continental Racing Contact 3
Front Suspension Double-wishbone
Rear Suspension Double-wishbone
Thought Dacia was unable to slap together a decent performance car? Think again.

Say hello to the 257kW Duster, Dacia SUV's with significant performance credentials.

Conceived as an image builder from the concept SUV shown at this year’s Geneva auto show, the competition Duster is geared to race in the prestigious French ice racing series.

We’ll leave you to peruse the images and draw your own conclusions with regards to the styling.

Duster’s chunky build hides choice competition bits from Renault and Nissan to make it go unlike any Dacia before it.

Mid-engined V6 power - but not a Clio

Powering the mid-engined Duster ice racer is Nissan’s VQ 30 3l V6.

This engine’s radically oversquare architecture (93mm bore versus 73.3mm stroke) ensures it has a decidedly competition bias with regards to engine speed characteristics.

Subsequently the Duster’s power output peaks at an engine speed of 7 500r/min to a value of 257kW.

The front and rear Renaultsport limited-slip differentials are taxed by 360Nm of torque and with the Duster ice racer weighing in at only 950kg, you can deduce that it’s a particularly rapid little Dacia.

A close-ratio six-speed SADEV sequential transmission distributes power, whilst double-wishbone suspension at each wheel corner, supported by long-travel competition dampers, do their best to ensure optimal tyre surface contact is retained over broken terrain.

In all honesty the Duster competition car, with its tubular spaceframe construction and double-wishbone wheel attachments all-round, has little to do with anything a production Duster SUV will represent.

It’s still an entertaining little piece of engineering though.

The Duster will make its debut in the Trophée Andros series during the first weekend of December at the hands of some French bloke called Alain Prost…


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