EXCLUSIVE: First pictures of Zarooq Sand Racer built in UAE

Steve McKenlay 24/04/2016
Introducing the new Zarooq Sand Racer.

Pictured by Sport360 in Dubai where it is being built, the Zarooq is a road-legal production vehicle which will be capable of tackling dunes with the power-to-weight ratio of a supercar and will be the first of a series of elite high performance cars.

The name of the vehicle is inspired by the Schokari Sand Racer, the fastest and most agile snake in the desert which is known as a Zarooq in Arabic.

It was designed in the UAE by Anthony Jannarelly, famous for the Lykan Hypersport, which starred in the film Fast and Furious 7.

The chassis was designed in cooperation with Campos Racing who compete in various race series.

The hand built car, which has a closed cockpit and air conditioning, weighs just 1,100kg and is powered by a 3.5-litre V6 which will have up to 500bhp.

The three founding directors behind the Zarooq all have a strong racing pedigree.

Mohammed Al Qadi is an Emirati who has organised national and international races in the UAE for 15 years. Bruno Laffite, nephew of Jacques Lafitte, is a succesful racing driver and Iannis Mardell has a strong strategy and business consulting background in motorsport.

The plan is to launch a dedicated single-make championship in the UAE for the Zarooq Sand Racer with complete maintenance and support packages. The cars will be raced on a dedicated Dubai off-road circuit where drivers will enjoy the best sand facilities in the world.

Mardell said: “The track will allow UAE residents and companies as well as foreign visitors to try the Zarooq Sand Racer for themselves. There will be arrive-and-drive offers as well as corporate event facilites and we will be launching an off-road racing school.”

The car can be pre-ordered now with first deliveries expected later this year. For more details see www.zarooqmotors.com.

Photos by Chris Whiteoak.

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Category winners pose for a photo.

After a hugely successful Yas Super Street Challenge season, where both driver and spectator numbers have grown, motor sport enthusiasts and drivers witnessed the top racers go head to head to compete for Dh40,000 in cash prizes and the ‘King of the Streets’ title.

Over two days, racers clashed in five distinct categories – ‘4×4 Super Street SUV’; ‘Index 11.5’; ‘Index 10.5’; ‘Super Street’ and ‘Super Street – Open Category’.

Salah’s consistency saw him aggregated the most points and he walked away with the Dh10,000 top prize, in addition to the money won in the past races.

A delighted Salah said: “It’s the second year I have won the ‘King of the Streets’ title as I was lucky enough to win last year too.

“It has been great to see so many people involved in the Yas Super Street Challenge. The series is growing year on year. I must thank Yas Marina Circuit as they do a great job of putting on the series.”

After a tightly fought competition, the ‘Super Street Open Category’ was won by Waleed Ahmad, followed by Mohammad Ali Ahmad and Mourgi Al Kothari.

Salah then won the ‘Super Street’, with second and third place awarded to Salem Mohammad Said and Taleb Muhammad, respectively.

In ‘Index 10.5’ category, Fadi Tmour beat Hisham Al Khateb to win, while Josi Koto beat Waleed Al Yafi in the ‘Index 11.5’ category.

The final category was the ‘4×4 Super Street SUV’ category, which was won by Madjed Al Koumiti, with Mohammad Al Mshgouni second and Salem Bilal Mbarak third.

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Al Saadi on the podium.

Not intimidated even after classifying fourth in qualifying, Al Saadi upped the ante and classified in second in the Heat, Pre-Final and Final. He clocked the fastest laps on those last three crucial races that gave him the final championship silverware in third place in the Cadet class.

His team-mate in the junior category Amna Al Qubaisi, was unfortunate, being on the pace throughout the day but being pushed out in the Final when challenging for the top spot.

Ali Al Shamsi in the Cadet class too was in contention for a podium finish until technical glitches forced him to retire.

Al Saadi said: “I am very happy to be on the podium in the final race of the season. I worked very hard for this and I am very thankful to my coach and the DSA.

“It was also nice to be the fastest in the Heat, Pre-Final and Final. Now I am looking forward to the next season!”

Khaled Al Qubaisi, DSA Founder and Chairman, said: “It was a good day of racing and fantastic experience for our junior drivers. Their performance and pace was great though some were unlucky.

“Ahmed Al Saadi was great and could have actually won but he unfortunately did not have that good a start which is why he dropped to third but eventually went up to second.”

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