With a design that seems to draw its influences from the Manifesto Concept but perfectly suited to its aim, the Sandrder is Dacia's new contender for the next Dakar as the Renault subsidiary has announced that it will compete in the event until 2027.
Developed in collaboration with the British Prodrive but, in terms of design, obviously taken from Dacia's design rooms, the Sandrider is self-evidently an implementation where the four-wheel drive, the long distance from the ground, the absence of overhangs and characteristics that refer to a buggy have the first say with the look at the top class of the Dakar, Ultimate T1+.
In the left seat of the Sandrider will be five-time champion of the rugged rally Nasser Al-Attiyah, multiple winner of the WRC, S.Loeb who has gained considerable experience in the Dakar with the Hunter while the roster is completed by Christina Gutierrez Herrero.
In addition to the design, dominant elements of the construction are the tubular frame and the extensive use of carbon fiber with the obvious aim of keeping the weight at low levels, while the suspension, of course, adopts a double wishbone arrangement as required by the terrain where the Sandrider will be used. The neologisms also include a new paint that provides protection against infrared radiation, better shielding the car from the high temperatures that usually prevail in Dakar.
For more convenience in case of tire loss, the replacement tires are positioned in such a way as to reduce the speed of changing while, inside there are magnetic surfaces for the placement of tools and their immediate accessibility without fear of them being moved by the intense “turbulence” of a Dakar route.
Otherwise the interior follows a spartan logic for all the obvious reasons while for the same reasons the Sandrider has a single fog light.
On its invisible side hovers a twin-turbocharged V6 with 360 hp and 539 Nm of torque, – values that make this construction the most powerful car Dacia has ever presented – which is designed to run on Aramco synthetic fuel. The development of the Sandrider will continue for at least the next nine months with its racing premiere taking place at the Rallye du Maroc in October and full action at the Dakar in early 2025 while it is worth noting that it will participate in a total of races including the World Rally-Raid Championship.