Renault announced that it will make a run on the famous Pikes Peak this year, not with a Renault vehicle, as common sense would have told you, but with one of the models of its Romanian low-cost brand, Dacia, according to autoevolution.com.
On June 26, driver Jean-Philippe Dayraut will get behind the wheel of a heavily modified Dacia Duster, one that, if we are to judge by the numbers provided so far, makes all the other models in the Dacia lineup look like horse carriages.
The official details of the model are still kept a secret by Dacia, but rumors say the car will use a Nissan GT-R-sourced V8 that spits out 850 horsepower. The engine is supposed to propel 900 kg worth of Duster.
Dacia said when it confirmed the Duster as an entry for the Pikes Peak that the brand “has forged a solid reputation for delivering vehicles that boast an unrivaled performance and equipment package for their price” – the Pikes Peak Duster will surely manage to do something memorable during its run.
The Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is the second oldest motor sports race in America and a long-standing tradition in Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak Region, according to the official website of the race. First competed in 1916 and this year marks the 89th running of the “Race to the Clouds.”
In 2011, the race is expected to draw over 35,000 spectators.
The race is run on a 12.42 mile course with 156 turns that begins at 9,390 feet and finishes at the 14,110 foot summit of America’s Mountain.
This year the race has 12 classes and features a variety of automotive, exhibition, open wheel, super stock car, pro truck and motorcycle classes with a field approaching 200 competitors.
As challenging as it is, Pikes Peak International Hill Climb attracts no fewer than 12 classes of racers ranging from 250cc motors to 8,000 pound big rig trucks.