The Dacia Duster « No Limit » competition vehicle, that took part in the prestigious Pikes Peak International Hill Climb 2011 coast speed race in the USA, was presented to the Romanian press Tuesday, 11th of October, within an event organized at the Titu Technical Center. The person that described the performances of this unique vehicle was the pilot that drove Dacia on the podium in the USA, Jean-Philippe Dayraut himself.
On the tracks of the tests center from Titu of the Renault Group the 850 HP hidden by the glass fiber of the Dacia Duster „No Limit” got unleashed. Having a mass of only 950 kg, this is one of the most powerful 4x4 vehicles especially designed for a sport competition. The car can reach 100 km/h in only 3 seconds and is a result of the collaboration between Vip Challenge, Renault Sport Technologies, Tork Engineering and Sodemo. It was adapted to the very difficult conditions that are imposed by the route of Pikes Peak, where the French pilot, several times champion of France in circuit races, enlisted in the „Unlimited” category.
How „unlimited” this vehicle is was showed by Jean-Philippe Dayraut on a portion of the speed circuit at Titu, where he accelerated the car in a straight line and executed turns with speed. The real abilities of the car are yet hard to be proved outside a circuit like the mountain one from Pikes Peak, that starts from an altitude of 2860 m and finishes on a plateau at the height of 4300 m, weakening both the functions of the human body, and the power of the engine.
After the show on the track, the press had the occasion to examine closely the complex mechanism that is hidden under the car body and to make pictures together with the pilotul.
Dacia was presented for the first time in the most dangerous coast speed race in the USA from Pikes Peak on the 26th of June 2011, coming on the third place with the Dacia Duster „No Limit” vehicle. The competition from Pikes Peak takes place annually in Colorado Springs, USA, since 1916. The project had at its basis the initiative of the French pilot Jean-Philippe Dayraut, six times champion of France in circuit races and three times champion of the Andros Trophy.