Announced last weekend at the Abu Dhadi Grand Prix, from Zarooq comes their new Sand Racer. Although still in planning, the launch is expected in early 2016.
At 165 inches long, the SandRacer is wider, taller, with the wheels pushed further out to the corners for unimpeded approach and departure angles measured at 45˚ and 53˚ respectively. It also has a full twelve inches of ground clearance and a 40/60 weight balance from front to rear.
Power will come from a 3.5ltr six cylinder engine, giving 304 bhp and 274 pound-feet of torque delivered to the floor through a six-speed paddle-shift automatic transmission to the rear wheels. Racing versions are also planned with outputs of 400 and 500 bhp to form part of a single spec racing series. The start up plans are to open a sand racing track for the purpose of the new vehicles.
The genesis of Zarooq Motors is embedded in UAE motorsport …
“The Zarooq SandRacer was created in order to be able to organize an Off-road single-make championship and operate a sand racing track in Dubai” explains Mohammed al Qadi. “We have all the necessary skills in the UAE, from the design to the actual manufacturing of the chassis and the body as well as the final assembly, with our partners JJSpecial” added Mohammed. “We wanted the car to be road legal, with AC, because we want it to be as practical as possible, even if it is a racing car” said Bruno Laffite. “The support and insights from the industry we get thanks to our partnership with Motorsport professionals like Campos Racing is of great value today for the car and tomorrow for our championship”, he added.
…with an objective of being a sustainable UAE car manufacturer and motorsport provider
Zarooq Motors aims at building a sustainable brand synonymous with off-road capability, racing-grade performance and iconic look. “We don’t aim at being a large scale manufacturer, but a solid niche player consistently delivering innovative and reliable cars” underlines Mohammed. “We are an Emirati company and we want to show the world what we are capable of.”
The aggressive and iconic look of the car revealed
Anthony Jannarelly, came to global automotive industry fame as the designer of the W Motors Lykan and Fenyr. As part of JJSpecial, the Zarooq SandRacer is his latest creation.
“It had to be fit for purpose, of course, hence the significant ground clearance, limited overhang or the room necessary for significant suspension travel. It also had to meet the standards to be road legal, yet we clearly focused on designing a car that is unique, aggressive and we hope, one day, iconic” Anthony Jannarelly said.
The details of the car’s performance were covered with the GP engineers from Campos Racing who designed it
The details of the car performance and engineering designs were discussed at length with Philippe Gautheron and Emilio Lozano, from Campos Racing, as well as Frederic Juillot from JJSpecial in charge of the manufacturing workshop. “We chose all our parts and partners in order to offer the best racing performance, from engine supplier, tires but also suspensions which are critical for Off-road Performance” remarked Bruno Laffite.
The development strategy is ambitious but realistic
Zarooq Motors management has devised a realistic development plan, primarily focused on developing sales in the UAE and the gulf, aiming at drivers who want a high performance sand racing car, which is affordable and easy to maintain; the car can also cater of course to all the car enthusiasts of the region. “We actually have some people interested in importing the car in the gulf but also in Europe” mentioned Mohammed Al Qadi. “We will concentrate on exports and launching new products once our local sales are sustainable”
In parallel, and in order to foster the development of the local championship, Zarooq Motors is initiating a “Dubai Off-Road Racing Track” to host races but also corporate events in a premium and safe environment dedicated to sand racing. “You will be able to see Dubai “دب ئ ” in Arabic: as part of the track design” explains Mohammed Al Qadi.
Car to be shown to journalists and to the public in January 2016
Mohammed explained: “Chassis is now finished, the engine and wiring are in place and working, the body molds are being sculpted, and we are just waiting for a few parts to arrive to finalize the assembly, in December”. “If all goes well, we should be able to show the car to the journalists and then to the public very soon. Expect to be able to see it here in the Sofitel the Palm in a few weeks…” said Iannis Mardell.
“Of course, we are conducting a series of tests to proof the car and then we will take the road homologation”
As a result, the journalists and first clients should be able to test the car in early 2016.
Technical specs (subject to changes)
Length (mm) 4200
Width (mm) 2084
Rollcage height (mm) 1220
Track (mm) 2160 — 2100
Wheelbase (mm) 2820
Front overhang (mm) 700
Rear Overhang (mm) 704
Approach Angle (degrees) 45º
Ground clearance (mm) 315
Departure angle (degrees) 53º
Ramp Over Angle (degrees) 25º
Welded S355 steel tube
Phosphated, powder coated finish
Kerb Weight (kg) 1000-1050
Weight distribution 60% Rear – 40% Front
Turning Circle (m) 12
Max speed (km/h) 200 kph – TBC
Fuel capacity (l) 110
Displacement (cc) 3,498
Bore (mm) 95.5
Stroke (mm) 81.4
Power (bhp) 304
Torque (Nm) 371
Injection Indirect multi-port grouped fuel injection
Rev limit 6600 rpm
Engine position Central – rear
GEARBOX AND TRANSMISSION
Transmission 6 speed automatic
Paddle shift yes
Dampers Fox 980 -02-009 // Fox 983-02-075
Coil Spring K TBD
Front Independent triangle
Rear Trailing arm
Brakes (mm) 240
Adjustable front rear bias
Tyre 33×12.5 R15
Diameter 33″ / 84 cm
Rim 15″ / 38 cm
Width 317 mm
Non structural fiberglass moulded. Composite mix
Individual seat units composite woven cloth, adjustable.
2″ E Approved four point quick release full harnesses
Rack and pinion cast alloy steering rack 1.7 turns lock to lock
Collapsible offset steering column. Adjustable rod ends
305mm race suede covered steering wheel
LCD Digital display, speedometer, tachometer, water, fuel, odo,
trip.Warning lights: Ignition, lights, brake, oil, beam, indicators, alarm.
Projector headlamps. LED indicators, stop/tail/side/repeaters.
Rear fog lamp, reverse lamp, number plate lamp. Horn. 3 way closed loop.
Front and rear mudguards.
Options available (non exhaustive)
– 400hp, 500hp engine preparation
– Dynamic Off-Road suspension
– High capacity reservoir
– Performance gearbox
– Off-Road wheels and tyres
– Performance brakes
– Performance exhaust system
– Special FIA pack
– Carbon fiber interior / exterior
– Infotainment system
– Comfort seats
– Spare wheel
– Car cover
– Bespoke body
– LED lights
– Paint and stripe
– Cupholder, glove box, etc.