Renault announced today that a competition version Dacia Duster will participate at the Trophee Andros ice-racing series in France.
Alain Prost will drive the Dacia Duster competition version, who chose this new car due to its simplicity, efficiency and robustness.
The Dacia Duster competition version was developed by Renault Sport Technologies and uses a Renault-Nissan Alliance VQ 30 V6 engine with 24-valves that develops 350 HP at 7,500 rpm and 360 Nm of torque at 5,500 rpm. Power is sent to all 4 wheels via a 6-speed SADEV sequential gearbox plus the Dacia Duster has a double wishbone suspension and a tubular steel chassis that brings total weight to 950 Kg.
Renault press release :
· Dacia, a brand of the Renault group, is to contest France’s celebrated Trophée Andros ice-racing
series. The brand, which is acclaimed for the unbeatable equipment and performance package its
models deliver for their price, remains true to its reputation by appearing in a discipline where its
presence was least expected: ice racing.
· Alain Prost will drive a competition version of Dacia Duster. The Frenchman chose Dacia for the
values championed by the brand’s vehicles, namely simplicity, efficiency and robustness. "I am
delighted to be driving the Dacia Duster. It is a brand new vehicle, and I am proud to be able to
play a part in its promotion to the unusual backdrop of the Trophée Andros. Thanks to the work
put in by Renault Sport Technologies, I have every confidence in Dacia Duster’s potential and
reliability which together point to an extremely exciting season," says Alain Prost.
· The announcement coincides with the revelation by Dacia of the name and design of the brand’s
sixth model, Duster. This robust and reliable 4X4 has an international calling and will target
customers looking for an affordable everyday all-terrain vehicle.
· The Trophée Andros is a competition that stands apart in motor sport inasmuch as it places a cap
on the use of complex and costly technological solutions, placing the emphasis instead on
vehicle and driver ability. The Dacia brand has forged a reputation for challenging established
thinking in the world of the automobile, permitting a whole new way to go motoring by delivering
all the essentials… at just the right price.
Dacia has chosen to base its challenge in the 2009/1010 Trophée Andros ice-racing season on the socalled ‘Silhouette’ category. All the circuits visited by the Trophée Andros put reliability to a particularly tough test, and this will give Dacia a chance to showcase the fact that robustness forms an integral part of the brand’s DNA. The discipline also places a cap on excessively complex and costly technical solutions, while the chassis, gearbox and tyres, for example, are all carefully covered by the regulations, forcing teams to explore simple, ingenious solutions, an approach which totally fits the Dacia spirit.
Dacia’s newcomer will get its first taste of ice racing in the hands of Alain Prost, with the brand seeking to spring a surprise by using the campaign to premier Dacia Duster, the lines of which preview the 4X4 model that is due to go on sale in 2010. Dacia Duster’s high body line and prominent wheel arches are clear pointers to its 4×4 credentials¸ while the coachwork of the competition version is perfectly suited to the specific demands of the Trophée Andros. The extensive front glazed surface area and the positioning of the windscreen pillars ensure outstanding foreword and lateral visibility.
The Trophée Andros stands out as one of motor sport’s most exacting disciplines. Indeed, in ice racing, the track conditions can change very quickly as a function of prevailing weather conditions, and driving calls for precision, rigour and race-craft, three qualities which all come naturally to a champion of Alain Prost’s calibre.
Over and above driver talent, the cars that contest the Trophée Andros undergo specific preparation.
The competition version of Dacia Duster has benefited extensively from the expertise acquired by Renault Sport Technologies in motor sport. Its glass-fibre body conceals a tubular chassis which houses a three-litre, 24- valve V6 engine from the Renault-Nissan Alliance range. This powerplant has been carefully tuned in order to optimize its performance potential at the high altitudes at which the races will be held. It delivers peak power of 350hp at 7,500rpm, and maximum torque of 360Nm at 5,500rpm. The six-speed sequential gearbox ensures fast, precise gearshifts, even when drifting through corners at full song. The mid-rear location of the engine illustrates the work that has gone into perfecting weight distribution, in compliance with the 950kg minimum weight requirement and with a view to keeping the centre of gravity low and minimizing polar inertia for enhanced control.
The double wishbone suspension arrangement and long-travel dampers have been engineered to permit Dacia Duster to take the different terrains it promises to encounter during the Trophée Andros campaign in its stride. The competition version of Dacia Duster is equipped with limited slip differentials which are indispensable for the extreme conditions. This feature, which is also seen on other Renault Sport Technologies-developed competition and road cars, ensures efficient traction performance irrespective of the amount of grip available, driving style or type of corner. The competition version of Dacia Duster also incorporates a four-wheel steering system for complete cornering line control. This mechanical system links the front and rear wheels, and can be rapidly adjusted to match the characteristics of each circuit.
Tubular steel chassis
Double wishbone suspension
Renault-Nissan Alliance VQ 30
Position: mid-rear
Six cylinders (V6)
Number of valves: 24
Cubic capacity: 2,987cc
Bore x stroke: 93mm x 73.3mm
Maximum power: 257kW EEC (350hp) at 7,500rpm
Maximum torque: 360Nm EEC at 5,500rpm
Six-speed SADEV sequential gearbox
Front: 260mm-diameter vented steel discs
Rear: 265mm-diameter steel discs
5.5" x 16" (magnesium)
Tyres: Continental Racing Contact 3
Length: 4,001mm
Width: 1,900mm
Front/rear track: 1,690mm
Wheelbase: 2,500mm
Weight: 950kg
Fuel tank capacity: 25 litres

Source: Renault