Dacia presented the prototype that will run in the most difficult coast race in the world, the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. The Dacia Duster model is called "No Limit" and is a unique vehicle, developed especially for this race. The pilot will be Jean-Philippe Dayraut, triple winner at the Andros Trophy. Paradoxically, Dayraut competed against a Duster driven by Alain Prost in the last two seasons of the Andros Trophy. Putting rivalries aside, the French driver has only one purpose at Pikes Peak â€“ the victory. The record for this race was set by Nobuhiro Tajima in 2007 on a Suzuki prototype, and is 10 minutes, one second and 42 hundredths in the Unlimited Class, where the Duster competes.
The Dacia Duster No Limit is equipped with a 3.8-liter V6 engine, taken from the Nissan GT-R. The VR 38 DETT propeller retains only the GT-R engine block and has been prepared by specialists from Sodemo. The aim is to give the engine maximum performance in a context of high altitudes, with a decreasing oxygen content. The race starts at 2860 meters and has the finish at 4,300 meters, which means that the engine needs special settings to deliver the 850 HP at 7000 rpm in these weather conditions. The peak torque is 900 Nm and is provided at 5,000 rpm.
The engine is mated to a Sadev sequential six-speed transmission, taken directly from motorsport and optimized for this competition. The Front axle is made also by Sadev, including the front differential. The suspension is double triangle, and the Duster No Limit uses Ohlins TT 40 MK2 shock absorbers. The Duster No limit chassis is tubular, made from 25CD4S steel, therefore has a mass of only 950 kg. The fuel tank has a capacity of 80 liters, enough for the 850 HP during the 20 kilometers of race, divided: 10 on macadam and 10 on asphalt.