2011 Pikes Peak Dacia Duster

May 27, 2011 at 9:41 am

Traditionally, it’s the most unassuming cars that excel at the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb event each year. So this sinister Dacia Duster stands a good chance of making history at this year’s race.

This car is powered by the same 3.8 liter turbocharged V6 that powers the Nissan GTR! Only it’s tuned a bit to make 850 hp. It ha to deliver max performance in altitudes between 2,860 metres and finishes at 4,300 metres, and that’s a tall order. The engine is mated to a sequential six-speed Sadev box specially developed to cope with so much power. The car also gets special aerodynamic package and unique suspension systems.

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Dacia Duster ‘No Limit’ complies with the specific regulations of the American competition’s ‘Unlimited’ class which sets no upper limit on the size or power output of the engine. There is no minimum weight, any tyres may be used and there are no restrictions concerning either the transmission system or aerodynamics.

PIKES PEAK INTERNATIONAL HILL CLIMB:

Location: Colorado (USA)

Course length: 20km

Start altitude: 2,860 metres

Finish altitude: 4,300 metres

Surface type: half-asphalt/half-dirt

Course record (‘Unlimited’ class): 10m 1.42s

Record established by Japan’s Tajima Nobuhiro (Suzuki) in 2007