Renault to field Duster in 2013 Dakar Rally
Team Renault is gearing up to field their specially designed Duster in the 2013 Dakar Rally which begins on January 5, 2013, in South America. The rally will route through Peru, Argentina and Chile with the starting point at Lima in Peru and the finishing point at Santiago in Chile.
Team Renault conducted their tests in Cordoba and the Nihuil dunes on terrain similar to that of the Dakar course, and the Duster has fared well in the demanding regimen.
The gruesome nature of the Dakar Rally is what makes it a haven for off-roading enthusiasts and SUV motorsport enthusiasts. The teams have to cover a distance of 8000km across various terrains and extreme weather conditions in a span of 15 days. The demanding terrain makes it a hotbed for automobile manufacturers to test the reliability and off-roading potential of their vehicles in the most adverse conditions.
Jose Garcia, who will be at the wheel of the Duster in the Dakar, said, “We are more than pleased with this car that has been extremely reliable. We know we have a very good car with very good benefits that we will achieve our mission in the world's toughest race.”