Paris-dakar rally car rides again
A 30-year-old rust and rat-eaten iconic Paris-dakar rally car has been restored in a two-year project undertaken outside normal work hours.
The 1987 Nissan Patrol was found in 2014 rusting away in a Spanish museum, and at the weekend made a return to its spiritual home in the sand dunes of the Saharan Desert.
The car’s legendary status at Nissan is second to none.
The car’s legendary status at Nissan is second to none, writing its own chapter in Dakar mythology. It took victory in the diesel category, and was the first diesel car to ever finish in the race’s overall top 10, taking ninth spot. Today, all the top cars are diesels.
Known as the "Fanta Limon" Nissan, the car’s new lease of life was via a dedicated team of engineers at Nissan’s European Technical Centre (NTCE) in Barcelona, Spain. For more than two years they restored the car after work and at weekends, turning it into a highly capable off-road racer.
Nissan’s iconic 1987 Paris-dakar rally car.