Today I bring you an of those stories that surprise in the world of the automobile. Perhaps some may remember the Nissan Patrol ‘ Fanta lemon ‘ that appear in the images. Is is of a SUV that participated in the Paris-Dakar in 1987 and was part of a project ‘ Made in Spain’ that began a year before. A group of engineers from the Nissan Technical Centre Europe (NTCE) in Barcelona took the popular Patrol for running in rallies.
This model had an engine turbocharged four-cylinder and 2.8 liter that developing 146 HP. In 1986 was the winner in the category of diesel in some tests such as the Rally of Tunisia, lower Aragon or the Rally of the Pharaohs. Then came the sponsorship of Fanta lemon (which follows as a nickname of the car) because of the interest of Coca-Cola in let see your advertising on the Dakar. That test was the real goal.
And on January 1, 1987 would begin the adventure. Among the 312 participants, Nissan Fanta Limón team had two cars, with Miguel Prieto and Ramon Térmens; 211 and the car 212, piloted by brothers Jorge and Hansi Babler. The 13,000 kilometres of the tough race made it the 212 to leave. By luck the vehicle 211 managed to finish in ninth position, leaving the first among them diesel.
To the end of the competition the cars were retired. The 212 continues in whereabouts unknown to day of today, but the 211 was donated and has remained in the collection Salvador Claret almost three decades. Although in 2014 the people of the NTCE them saw in Internet and is put hands to the work: returned to the life to the legendary off-road for its 30 anniversary. Not would be a task facil, since many components of the Patrol were in very bad condition.
Is sought parts ancient and also is had to acquire components of second hand to this committed. But after more than two years of hard work of eight members of the NTCE, Nissan Patrol Fanta lemon was completely renovated last November. Of be completely unused is had developed in a clasido that still was capable of roll in your field favorite. To show it it led to them hard of sand of the Sahara, being a huge reward to the work carried out.
Source – Nissan