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TECH: 2013 Dakar Rally Desert Warrior 3 Range Rover Evoque [W/ VIDEO]

15th January 2013 | BY NSNP

This crazy looking, race prepped Range Rover Evoque was built by RaBe Race Cars and entered the 2013 Dakar Rally piloted by Canadian David Bensadoun. The Desert Warrior 3 as it’s known, is powered by a 3.0l BMW twin turbo diesel engine which kicks out 271hp and 627 lb-ft of torque in standard guise and up to 345hp when unrestricted.

A 6-speed sequential manual gearbox drives the wheels of the 1,900kg racer, which also features an insanely large fuel tank with a capacity of 260l providing a driving range of around 745 miles.
The chassis is crafted from from T45 tubes, all designed in-house, with RaBe Race Cars stating that it has been tested over the course of three Dakars under various different body shells.

“We have worked hard to get the handling and reliability perfect but also keeping fantastic dune-driving ability, which is all too easily lost when designing such cars,” said Mike Jones of RaBe Race Cars. “Just about everything on the car is bespoke, but of the OEM parts we do use, a very high proportion are from Land Rover.”

Tech Spec:

Engine: BMW diesel N57 3.0 ltr 275 Hp 650Nm with FIA restrictor.
Transmission: ZF 6 speed / two speed transfer case.
Dampers: 8 x Reiger coil overs
Wheels: Compomotive Atacama RallyRaid wheel 16”
Tyres: BF Goodrich desert race G series
Fuel Tank: 260 ltr
Length: 3.8 M
Width: 2.0 M
Height: 1.9 M
Wheel Base: 2.8M
Weight: 1900 KG

The Desert Warrior entered this years Dakar Rally sporting the Aldo Racing colours and seemed to be getting on great after the first stage. But at KM 21 of Stage 2 the jacked up Evoque suffered an engine failure and the team were forced to retire from the event.

Here’s a video from inside the cockpit before the engine let go.

It’s a real shame that after 18 months of hard graft, the guys had to retire so early in the event. But this wont be the last we see of the Desert Warrior 3, we’re sure.

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