Since the first car was made, people always wanted to conquer all types of surfaces. Dirt, grass, mud, even ice and they managed to create cars that will overcome those terrains. But driving in sand was always a challenge of its own. Well, with the mighty handmade Zarooq Sand Racer the desert will finally be completely conquered.
Of course, everyone who has seen a little bit of the Dakar Rally knows that this is not the first car ever made to travel across the desert, but this Sand Racer by Zarooq simply looks more powerful than his ancestors. Since we’re talking about power, he truly is mighty. It possesses the monstrous, 3,5-liter V6 engine with 304-bhp (227 kW) that is connected to an automatic gearbox. The maximum torque of this extraordinary engine is 274 lb-ft (371 Nm). But that’s not all folks, the power range can be extended even further. For people who want more power from this car, there are options like off-road performance suspension, off-road wheels/tires and performance exhaust that will upgrade the raw power of the engine up to 500 hp (373 kW), which is quite astonishing.
Regarding the built, this Sand Racer has a high-seat body supported with a strong S355 steel tube frame. The engine is located in the mid-rear part of the whole construction which means that the rear end of the vehicle is somewhat heavier than the front. The whole car weighs 2,315 lbs (1,050 kg). When it comes to the dimensions, this powerful masterpiece of a car is a 13.8 ft (4.2 m) long, it possesses a 9.25-ft (2.82-m) wheelbase, and the wheels themselves are 15 inches wide. The 33×12.5 R15 tires on those wheels can overcome every obstacle out there.
The Zarooq Sand Racer is the very first car ever to be made in the UAE and it’s designed with the sole purpose of conquering the desert. That is why this car’s body is standing very high above the ground and has the amazing suspension system. The desert simply demanded the huge ground clearance and 350-450 mm long suspension travel.
Unlike many other rally cars out there, this Sand Racer has a well-equipped interior with comfortable cloth seats, air conditioning and an LCD display on the control board. Although it’s designed especially for the desert and other rugged surfaces out there, it won’t disappoint on the open, asphalt roads either.
The Zarooq Sand Racer still has to be finished, tested on the road, but the estimated release date is somewhere in early 2016 and that is awesome news because we won’t have to wait too long for this beast to hit the market. The price is also not known at the moment, but the experts are predicting it to be somewhere between $80,000 and $160,000, so start saving your money now. [via]
Watch this video presentation of this mighty Sand Racer by Zarooq.
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