Two years ago, Pedro Diaz Illan, one of the original members of the 1987 team that built the Dakar Nissan, enlisted a team of engineers to help restore the rusted Patrol to its former glory. Funded by Nissan’s Performance Innovation program, it was a painstaking passion project for the team, who restored the Patrol after work and on weekends. The engine was in terrible condition”, said Diaz Illan. “It was impossible to start and many parts were heavily corroded. The front axle was quite damaged, but the worst thing was the electrics, which had been badly attacked by rats. We wanted the car to be accurate in every way, and were lucky to get the very old drawings and service manuals from NTCE.