Unique Romanian rally minivan will be pushed to the icy limits by French F1 and ice-racing legends.
Dacia have not only gone against the grain in coming up with a modified version of the Lodgy MPV to tackle the Trophee Andros for the French ice racing series, it has also recruited four-time F1 champion Alain Prost and son Nicolas, together with the ice-racing veteran Evens Stievenart. Renault Sport Technologies (RST) were there to oversee the project as independent contractors Tork Engineering and Sodemo prepared the Lodgy Glace for the unique racing series, often cited as being the most challenging in motorsport.
A Nissan-sourced 3.0-liter V6 sits at the heart of the tubular steel frame producing 355hp and 266lb-ft of torque that's sent to all four wheels via a SADEV six-speed sequential transmission. Almost 360,000 Dacia vehicles have been sold in France since 2005 and the Romanian brand is making an impact in Western Europe. The brand is set to launch in the UK in 2012 with the Duster crossover, and with the production version of the new rally car (minivan) set to be unveiled in Geneva next year, big strides are being taken to get the brand firmly fixed in the public conscience.