Dacia has chosen to take on the challenge of the Dakar in 2025. Its big debut on the premier rally-raid event is scheduled for the 47th edition, next January.
Eleven months from the deadline, the Dacia project reached an important milestone on Tuesday, January 30. Indeed, as part of a presentation held in the Paris region, which Auto-Moto is currently attending, Dacia has just lifted the veil on the prototype which will be entered on this occasion, also revealing its surname: “ Sandrider”.
The Dacia Sandrider entered in the Dakar in the premier category
This prototype will be able to compete for overall victory by being approved in the premier Ultimate T1+ category. The brand belonging to the Renault group specifies that it is inspired by concept-car Manifesto and that he will be entered under the banner of “The Dacia Sandriders” team, on the Dakar and throughout the World Rally Raid Championship (W2RC).
The Dacia Sandrider has a length of 4.14 meters, 2.29 m wide and 1.81 m high, and a suspension travel of 350 mm. Resting on a tubular chassis with a carbon fiber body, it features a twin-turbo V6 with a displacement of 3 liters, with 360 horsepower and 539 Nm of torque.
Sébastien Loeb among a trio of top-flight pilots
The Dacia team is structured around the following three crews: Sébastien Loeb / Fabian Lurquin; Cristina Gutierrez Herrero / Pablo Moreno Huete; Nasser Al-Attiyah / Mathieu Baumel. Nine-time world rally champion, Sébastien Loeb still aims to add the Dakar to his list of achievements after getting on the 3rd step of the podium, last January 19.
Less known to the general public, the Spaniard Cristina Gutierrez Herrero is no less a rising figure in the rally-raid, as evidenced by her success during the 2024 edition in the Challenger category, the antechamber of the premier category that she joins now. For his part, Nasser Al-Attiyah is aiming for a 6th overall victory on the Dakar, which the Qatari has already won in 2011, 2015, 2019, 2022 and 2023.
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To sum up
Less than a year before its arrival on the Dakar, the Dacia team took an important step in its project this Tuesday by revealing its car, a prototype called Sandrider. At the wheel, we will find Sébastien Loeb, Cristina Gutierrez and Nasser Al-Attiyah.
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