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Dacia Sandrider 4×4 Rally Dakar Racing Car SUV


Styled by Dacia’s in-house designers, the no-frills exterior of Sandrider goes straight to the essentials. The vehicle is fitted with body panels only considered as an absolutely necessity. There are no decorative or superfluous parts and naturally, particular emphasis has been placed on aerodynamics.

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As part of the brand’s approach focusing on the essential needs of both the drivers and co-drivers, the short, floating bonnet features a raked design, disappearing from the crew’s field of vision. The anti-reflective paint used on the upper part of the dashboard – a technique borrowed from the aviation industry– also optimises visibility.

For the cabin, Dacia’s designers and engineers placed particular emphasis on the needs, habits and constraints of both drivers and co-drivers. Sandrider’s modular dashboard lets each crew. The Sandrider utilises the proven Prodrive Hunter platform with a potent 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, generating 360bhp and 539 Nm. Power is sent to wheels via a 6-speed sequential gearbox with four-wheel drive as standard.


Dacia says that the Sandrider is 15 kg lighter than “comparable prototypes” and features a lightweight tubular chassis. The company says it has also dropped any superfluous panels while the others are made from carbon. The prototype rides on 17-inch wheels with 37-inch tires and gets double wishbone suspension with 350 mm of travel all around.