Persevering with its quest to redefine the necessities, Dacia, the model with outside spirit, is participating within the Dakar Rally and the World-Rally Raid Championship (W2RC) from 2025. Tackling a few of the world’s most demanding and harshest terrains, Dacia unveils its contender, the Sandrider, a prototype designed to win.
Impressed by the Manifesto idea automobile, Dacia’s laboratory for brand spanking new concepts unveiled in 2022, Sandrider is an all-new automobile designed particularly for rally-raids. It attracts on the sporting experience of Renault Group and Prodrive, a UK firm specialising in motorsports.
In line with Dacia’s famed method, Sandrider was designed to concentrate on the necessities of motorsport, that’s efficiency and victory. This modern prototype cleverly exploits all the probabilities provided by the laws within the Final T1+ class, focusing totally on agility and weight. It totally meets the important wants of each drivers and co-drivers, who had been actively concerned in its growth from the beginning. From the start of the challenge, and forward of the various check classes, the drivers and co-drivers provided their in depth expertise and data to each designers and engineers, primarily by hands-on design classes utilizing digital actuality.
A really particular Dacia, however a Dacia nonetheless, Sandrider is strongly aligned with the model’s core values.
COOL AND ESSENTIAL DESIGN
Styled by Dacia’s in-house designers, the no-frills exterior of Sandrider goes straight to the necessities. The automobile is fitted with physique panels solely thought-about as a fully necessity. Thereare no ornamental or superfluous elements and naturally, explicit emphasis has been positioned on aerodynamics.
As a part of the model’s method specializing in the important wants of each the drivers and co-drivers, the quick, floating bonnet includes a raked design,disappearing from the crew’s field of regard. The anti-reflective paint used on the higher a part of the dashboard – a way borrowed from the aviation business– additionally optimises visibility.
For the cabin, Dacia’s designers and engineers positioned explicit emphasis on the wants, habits and constraints of each drivers and co-drivers. Sandrider’s modular dashboard lets every crew member adapt the ergonomics and structure of sure options to their very own necessities.
ROBUST AND OUTDOOR DESIGN
The Dakar and different rally-raids are a few of the world’s hardest motorsport occasions. Because of this, Sandrider required an method that takes Dacia’s sturdy, outside idea to the acute.
This concerned strengthening the automobile, with a consolidated subframe and bumpers, carbon bodywork, double wishbone suspension and a 4×4 transmission constructed for the gruelling necessities of rally-raid occasions. An modern electrical system maintains optimum energy for all on-board equipment, even in essentially the most tough situations.
Trying past these basic design options, Sandrider’s sturdy, outside method additionally extends to features that will appear to be particulars, however truly make life a lot simpler for crews.
For instance, the Sabelt seats are upholstered in particular anti-bacterial materials that self-regulate humidity. The spare wheels are uncovered for simpler dealing with. Equally, the crew can entry onboard instruments shortly, while not having to open a field.
Additional examples embrace a magnetic plate, constructed into the bodywork of Sandrider to forestall the fixation bolts for the wheels getting misplaced within the sand. This was a tip impressed straight from the expertise of the workforce’s drivers and actioned utilizing Dacia’s famed good pondering.
Sandrider is provided with new-generation BF Goodrich tyres delivering optimum grip on all sorts of terrain, with most resistance to knocks and punctures.
AN ECO-SMART APPROACH
Dacia is decided to be the chief in inexpensive decarbonisation and is totally onboard with the dedication made by the organisers of The Dakar and different rally-raids to make motorsport extra sustainable.
Engineers have labored significantly laborious to make the automobile lighter and to scale back gas consumption. The general weight of Sandrider has been reduce by round 15kg in relation to comparable prototypes. This outcome was achieved by utilizing a lighter tubular chassis, eliminating all superfluous physique panels and utilizing carbon for the others. Designers additionally eliminated all ornamental options, and engineers opted for a extra compact and lighter engine. To optimise traction and dynamic efficiency, the load distribution between entrance and rear has been considerably elevated on the entrance.
What’s extra, explicit emphasis was positioned on aerodynamics to scale back gas consumption whereas enhancing efficiency. Engineers had been capable of cut back drag by 10% and elevate by 40% in relation to comparable prototypes. As a part of their work, they centered significantly on the air inlets that cool the engine.
Warmth administration is vital within the excessive situations of The Dakar and different rally-raids. To maintain the temperature down within the cabin,the designers of Sandriderused anti-infrared pigments straight integratedwith the automobile’s carbon physique panels. A patent has been filed for this course of.
Sandrider’s engine runs on artificial gas provided by Aramco. It’s a easy, inexpensive answer for lowering its environmental impression. The artificial fuels developed by Aramco mix renewable hydrogen with sequestered CO2, offering a lower-carbon gas that’s suitable with right now’s engines. For Dacia, The Dakar Rally is the best testing floor for this expertise.
A MOTORSPORT DEBUT SCHEDULED FOR OCTOBER
Unveiled right now, Sandrider will now start an extended collection of growth checks in a number of international locations. Its motorsport debut will happen on the Rallye du Maroc 2024, the Moroccan leg of the World Rally-Raid Championship (W2RC) between the 5 to 11 October 2024.
The Dacia Sandriders, Dacia’s official W2RC workforce, will compete of their first Dakar and the opposite legs of the World Rally-Raid Championship in 2025.
The Dacia Sandriders convey collectively three crews combining expertise, expertise and enthusiasm.
French rally driver Sébastien Loeb, 49, received the World Rally Championship 9 instances in a row between 2004 and 2012. He’s motorsport’s most profitable driver and is usually considered the best rally driver of all time. Sébastien Loeb has been participating within the Dakar since 2016. He might be partnered by co-driver Fabian Lurquin.
Rally driver Cristina Gutierrez Herrero, 32, is a number one title in cross-country rallying. She has already taken half in eight Dakar rallies between 2017 and 2024. Cristina received the World Cup for Cross-Nation Rallies, class T3, in 2021. In January 2024, she turned the second lady to win in a class (Challenger) of the Dakar, after Jutta Kleinschmidt who got here first general. Cristina’s co-driver might be Pablo Moreno Huete.
Nasser Al-Attiyah is a five-time winner of the World Cup for Cross-Nation Rallies and two-time winner of the World Rally-Raid Championship. A real Dakar legend, he has received this spectacular occasion 5 instances.
MAIN CHARACTERISTICS OF THE SANDRIDER
- FIA class: Final T1+
- Chassis: tubular
- Physique: carbon fibre
- Engine: V6, 3 litres, twin-turbo, direct injection
- Most energy: 265 kW/360 bhp at 5,000 rpm
- Most torque: 539 Nm at 4,250 rpm
- Transmission: 4X4
- Gearbox: 6-speed sequential
- Entrance/rear suspension: double wishbone
- Suspension journey: 350 mm
- Wheels: 17-inch aluminium
- Tyres: BF Goodrich, 37 inches
- Size x width x : 4,140 x 2,290 x 1,810 mm
- Wheelbase: 3,000 mm
- Entrance/rear overhang: 590/550 mm