Participation in motorsport significantly increases interest in the brand and beyond. Dacia knows this and is participating in one of the most demanding races in the world next year.

As Dacia promised, it did. The Romanian car company will officially participate in the demanding Dakar Rally next year. It will compete in the T1+ category, where there is a Ford Performance Ranger or a Toyota GR DKR Hilux. It is a category in which Martin Martin Prokop or Tomáš Ouředníček also compete in the Dakar. The car from Dacia is aptly named Sandrider and has a tough season of tests ahead of it. It will not have its premiere at the Dakar, but in October at the Rallye du Maroc, which is scheduled for October 5.

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The car is based on the Manifesto concept, which was presented at the Paris Motor Show in 2022. The development involved professionals from the British company Prodrive, which you may know from motorsport, but also as the creator of the P25 restomod and the Hunter Dakar special. The newcomer from Dacia will be driven by real champions in the field, five-time Dakar winner Nasser Al-Attiyah and nine-time WRC champion Sébastien Loeb.

The Sandrider has a tubular construction and a carbon body. In its guts you will find a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine that produces 265 kW (360 hp) at 5,000 rpm and offers a maximum torque of 539 Nm from 4,250 rpm. The car is, of course, all-wheel drive. The suspension travel is 350 mm and the 17-inch wheels wear 37-inch BFGoodrich tires. A sequential gearbox takes care of shifting.

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Among other things, Dacia states that anti-infrared pigments integrated into the carbon panels of the vehicle’s body have been used to keep the cabin temperature low, which it has patented by the way. It is further reported that the car will be powered by synthetic fuel supplied by Aramco.


Dacia is a Romanian car manufacturer that has been part of the Renault group since. It was founded in 1966 and was already cooperating with Renault at that time.

Dacia’s portfolio mainly includes cars of a lower price category, for example the off-road Dacia Duster, which in 2017 received its second generation.

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