Video Footage: Alain Prost Driving the Dacia Duster

Just as we told you some two weeks ago, Dacia prepared a competition version of the Duster that will compete in France's Trophée Andros ice-racing series, with Alain Prost to get behind the wheel. Well, the French racing driver recently concluded the first official test with the car which is going to arrive in production form in multiple European markets in 2010.

Getting back to the competition car, it boasts exactly the same look as the production model we told you about, but obviously with a number of mechanical upgrades.

For example, the car is powered by a three-liter 24-valve V6 engine provided by Renault-Nissan. It produces a maximum output of 350 horsepower at 7,500 rpm and a maximum torque of 360 Nm at 5,500 rpm. The competition car is equipped with limited slip differentials and a four-wheel steering system that can be easily adjusted depending on the circuit.

We're sure that every Dacia driver out there would love to have such a stripped interior in a Duster but, unfortunately for them, this isn't going to happen. Dacia's first SUV is expected to come with an interior similar to the one we've seen on the Logan, still the brand's best selling model.

For those of you who'd like to view the Duster proving its abilities in the 2009/2010 Trophee Andros, here's the full calendar for the new season:

VAL THORENS: December 5-6, 2009
GRANDVALIRA - ANDORRA: December 12-13, 2009
ALPE D'HUEZ: December 18-19, 2009
ISOLA 2000 - ALPES MARITIMES: January 8-9, 2010
LANS EN VERCORS: January 15-16, 2010
SAINT DIÉ DES VOSGES: January 23-24, 2010

The full list of specifications of the competition Duster is available here.

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