Paris-dakar rally car rides again

South Waikato News - - Motoring - DOUG SAIL

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.

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