The New Stuff

You can drive this $100,000 SandRacer on the street


It might not look like it, but this Zarooq Motors sand racing car is street-legal.

Built in the United Arab Emirates, this sleek but boxy dune jumper has been designed based on lessons learned from decades of Dubai sand racing. You get all of that — and some seriously knobby tires — for a mere $100,000.

Despite its decidedly Middle Eastern origins, the car has been infused with Italian flair, German precision and American raw power. (Zarooq's words, not mine.)

Underneath its lightweight but incredibly stiff carbon fiber form, the SandRacer is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 that can produce either 400 or 500 horsepower — depending how much sand you want to displace.

Zarooq Motors SandRacer

This two-wheel drive desert demon also features heavy-duty suspension that gives you more than 17 inches of clearance. To put that into perspective, most road-going cars have fewer than five inches of suspension travel.

Designed to be driven on the street, the car offers idiot-proof automatic transmission. That means that you can drive it to and from your house after you give it — and your organs — a healthy thrashing on the dunes.

Zarooq Motors SandRacer

Image: Zarooq Motors

Have something to add to this story? Share it in the comments.

Post from Mashable at

Recently Published

»

Industrious buys Pivotdesk, raises $25M to be WeWork without startup bros

In the recruiting wars, a cool office is critical. Not just for ...

»

Facebook pivots into Stories

...

»

Evie teams up with Verizon to launch a new search experience next to your Android home screen

Evie is bringing its app search technology to a new location on your ...

»

MLB.com At Bat and NHL are first to launch personalized app icons on iOS 10.3

The MLB.com At Bat and NHL iOS applications have been updated ...

»

Twitch to start selling video games this week

Video game streaming site Twitch will soon begin selling PC games ...

»

Yep, more later-stage companies are taking on venture debt

Venture debt has been much in the news lately. Earlier this month, ...

»

Developers can finally respond to App Store reviews – here’s how it works

With yesterday’s release of iOS 10.3 and macOS 10.12.4, ...

»

Facebook Stories looks like an ill-fitting mask

...

»

Backed by LocalGlobe, London-based Flourish launches data visualisation platform

Flourish, a new startup out of London, has launched what it ...