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"Vangest" and "Grandesign" to present new "Vangest BY JH12 Grandesign".






For over 26 years, the "Vangest" group specialized companies have developed unique expertise for the design, engineering, prototyping, tooling and manufacturing of automobiles for their customers.

This integrated set of expertise has now been applied, for the 1st time, to create a 100% Portuguese racing car, an bold project for the research and development of new processes, technologies and materials to reach more opportunities in the global market.

The "Vangest" BY JH12 "Grandesign" was born of the combined desire of Carlos Oliveira, president of the "Vangest" group and longtime off-road race driver, and João Ornelas, managing director of "Grandesign", to replace the old Mitsubishi Pajero with which Carlos Oliveira ended 25th place in the 2003 Paris-Dakar rally, with a demonstrator of the "Vangest" group’s extended expertise in automotive design, engineering and product development.

Thus was born the project of a new off-road racecar, to prove its worth by racing in Portugal’s Off-road Championship. The project explored the available synergies between the 14 "Vangest" group companies, where the existing technological resources - like 3D-simulation tools that were key to optimize the vehicle’s characteristics and speed the whole development process.

"With MSC Nastran software, it was possible to simulate the "Vangest" BY JH12 "Grandesign"’s aerodynamic performance, with very good downforce results at the rear, and in the mechanical components cooling management" refers Carlos Oliveira, who stresses that the project displays and proves the competence of "Vangest" specialized companies: "one of the main reasons for this project is to show our skills in automotive design and engineering".

With composite bodywork designed by "Grandesign" - the design company of the "Vangest" group - the "Vangest" JH12 BY "Grandesign" is a 4X4 racing car with a 280hp BMW 3.0 biturbo diesel engine and steel spaceframe chassis, a real demonstrator of the extended capabilities of the "Vangest" group, to be put to the test in the national off-road championship.

"In today's technology and marketing-led motor racing, off-road racing is one of the last motorsports where racecars can still be independently designed and built," says João Ornelas, managing director of "Grandesign".

The "Vangest" JH12 BY "Grandesign" is a dynamic off-road coupé, a bold project with which "Grandesign" revives the “romantic” tradition of independent racing coachbuilding. And as motor racing is also a sponsorship-lead environment, where multi-colored graphics dominate the appearance of racecars, it requires a dramatic design, a sharp-edged style made of expressive features to ensure the racecar’s uniqueness in this intensely visual context.

The combination of emotional criteria with the typical aerodynamic and cooling needs of a racing car takes shape in a design defined by arrow-shaped air intakes, to optimize the cooling of the mechanical components, and the integration of a rear spoiler to increase downforce for high-speed stability.

The extensive use of advanced product development technologies - from state-of-the-art 3D surface modeling to multi-axis high-speed machining - enabled "Grandesign" to quickly develop the "Vangest" JH12 BY "Grandesign" in just 9 months.

Several real-life tests on dedicated and tough cross-country racetracks - over 350 km already covered on race pace - provided the final validation of the refined aerodynamics, built ruggedness and outstanding performance of the "Vangest" JH12 BY "Grandesign".

"Vangest" JH12 BY "Grandesign" – a stylish racer for those who believe that a racecar is not just about raw performance, but consider beauty an integral part of racing success.

Technical Specifications Vangest JH12 BY Grandesign

4X4 Modified Cross-Country Car (FIA Art. 285 - T1)
Dimensions: 4600 x 1995 x 1840 mm
Wheelbase: 2900 mm
Track Width: 1700 mm
Weight: 1900 kg (FIA)

Engine: BMW 3.0L biturbo diesel
Common-rail injection system
Power: 280 hp
Torque: 640 nm
Ø 38 mm air intake restrictor (FIA)
230-liter fuel tank
500 km autonomy
195 km/h top speed

Transmission: SADEV SC-24/70 6-speed sequential gearbox with cooler
SADEV central autolock differential with cooler
Front/rear progressive autolock differential with cooler
Ceramic double-disc clutch

Chassis: Tubular chrome molybdenum steel space frame (Ø 50 x 2 mm tubes)
Front/rear ventilated disc brakes (315 mm) with 4-piston calipers
Front/rear crossbars
50/50 weight balance
4 integrated jacks

Suspension: Double wishbones, front and rear
OHLINS 3-way dual shock absorbers with hydraulic stop, front and rear
Straight/progressive steering with electric/hydraulic assistance

Body: Composite (fiberglass/carbonfiber) bodywork, with kevlar reinforcements
Chrome molybdenum steel underbody
Gullwing doors
Heated windshield
SPARCO seats
SCHROTH seatbelts
SABELT electric fire extinguisher
2 spare wheels
WHEELS
16-inch Rally-raid aluminum alloy wheels
TIRES
235/85 16 BFGOODRICH Rocky tires

2012/07/18 | 20:35 CET | ARTICLE: MR/HS/GOMES











Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS05 on Thursday | 29.08.2014 03:24 |




Dakar Rally 2015: The real Odyssey before - or how to be at the Start in time. | 29.08.2014 02:40 |




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Rally dos Sertões: Honda HRC riders finished first part of the marathon stage. | 29.08.2014 00:47 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:10 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 17:08 |




Rally dos Sertões: Top 10 cars mixed after hardest stage - Spinelli still leader. | 28.08.2014 16:33 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Impressions from the Marathonrally in Brazil (77). | 28.08.2014 04:57 |




Rally dos Sertões: Two X-Rally NWM Ford Ranger in good 2nd and 4th position. | 28.08.2014 04:48 |




Baja Poland: Poland to welcome 112 competitors in Baja Poland this weekend. | 28.08.2014 02:20 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 01:56 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS04 Wednesday | 28.08.2014 00:44 |




Rally dos Sertões: KTM’s Marc Coma hangs on to overall lead in dos Sertoes. | 27.08.2014 23:48 |




Rally dos Sertões: Paulo Gonçalves clinches victory in SS04 - the longest stage. | 27.08.2014 23:32 |




Desafío Inca: German manufacturer battle - X-Raid Mini vs SAM Mercedes CC | 27.08.2014 19:26 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:33 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 18:29 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS03 on Tuesday | 27.08.2014 17:55 |




Rally dos Sertões: Both Ford Rangers reached top speeds above 175 km/h. | 27.08.2014 17:07 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Onboard with X-Rally Ford Ranger Baumgart / Cincea | 27.08.2014 16:35 |




Rally dos Sertões: Stagewin for Toyota´s Varela in S3 but Spinelli still leader. | 27.08.2014 16:19 |




Rally dos Sertões: Goncalves - "Hope to ride hard without making mistakes" | 27.08.2014 16:00 |




Rally dos Sertões: Marc Coma wins again in Bikes and remains the leadership. | 27.08.2014 15:35 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Mitsubishi Petrobras Team crews SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 19:14 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment rally video of SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 18:57 |




Baja Poland: X-raid with four Mini All4 Racing - chase for World Cup continues. | 26.08.2014 17:21 |




Baja Poland: Overdrive Racing with five Toyota Hilux and Nasser Al Attiyah. | 26.08.2014 16:45 |




Rally dos Sertões: Mitsubishi´s Spinelli / Haddad the new leader in the cars. | 26.08.2014 05:17 |




Rally dos Sertões: Gonçalves wins SS2 in Bikes but Coma still overall leader. | 26.08.2014 05:02 |




Rally dos Sertões PHOTOS: Nice impressions from the first days in Brazil (79) | 26.08.2014 04:53 |




Baja Poland VIDEO: Official trailer of the Baja Poland FIA CC World Cup 2014 | 26.08.2014 04:32 |




Donaldson CC: Test of character for the teams at South African Vryburg 450 | 26.08.2014 03:49 |




Rallyraid: Kamaz Master legend Ilgizar Mardeev tragically died in an accident. | 26.08.2014 03:09 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results CARS & TRUCKS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 02:30 |




Rally dos Sertões RESULTS: Overall results BIKES & QUADS SS02 on Monday | 26.08.2014 01:59 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Driving onboard with Overdrive Toyota Hilux of Verala | 26.08.2014 01:46 |




Rally dos Sertões: Honda´s Paulo Goncalves wins second stage in the bikes. | 26.08.2014 01:28 |




Rally dos Sertões VIDEO: Official no comment video of SS01 Sunday (crash) | 26.08.2014 00:56 |




















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