Dacia will run the racing Duster all-terrain vehicle at an ice-racing event. The racer previews a production model due for launch in the coming months.

The Trophée Andros ice-racing series in France will serve as a sneak-peak event for the upcoming Dacia Duster urban SUV. Dacia, owned by Renault Group, will race a Duster driven by four-time Formula One legend Alain Prost.

"I am delighted to be driving the Dacia Duster," said Prost. It is a brand new vehicle, and I am proud to be able to play a part in its promotion to the unusual backdrop of the Trophée Andros. Thanks to the work put in by Renault Sport Technologies, I have every confidence in Dacia Duster's potential and reliability which together point to an extremely exciting season".

The car is 4 metres long, 1.9m wide, weighs 950kg and has a fuel tank capacity of 25 litres. It features a double wishbone suspension and the Renault-Nissan alliance's VQ 30 engine with a displacement of 3.0-litres. Maximum power is 257kW (350hp) at 7,500rpm and peak torque is 360Nm at 5,500rpm. A 6-speed SADEV sequential transmission drives both axles. Wheels are 5.5" x 16" magnesium types shod with Continental Racing Contact 3 tyres.

A production Duster will appear in due course as a sixth Dacia model and be marketed as an affordable everyday all-terrain vehicle.

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