|SCORE 2011: Schwarz to start with all-new AGM-Jimco BMW X6 Trophy Truck.|
For months now the offroad scene has eagerly awaited the premiere of the AGM-Jimco X6 SCORE Trophy Truck. Now it’s all go: In late September the new desert monster will be presented in Germany, with which rally ace Armin Schwarz and the All German Motorsports team tackle the US SCORE Championship. Here are the first impressions and technical description of the vehicle for those who simply can’t wait any longer.
Team boss Martin Christensen and his crew are working flat out round the clock on the new vehicle. All German Motorsports assemble the Trophy Truck in the USA in close collaboration with Jimco, the most experienced and best chassis manufacturer in the international offroad scene. Jimco is responsible for the chassis and the construction of the vehicle. TriStar Metals, a US subsidiary of Stammcut, supply premium quality material for the new frame under the X6 silhouette.
The design of the new Trophy Truck was developed in close cooperation with the creative team of Achim Storz. DESIGN STORZ based in Zell am See (Austria) developed the silhouette of the Trophy Truck with the body of the BMW X6 as an inspiration. The team found the greatest challenges in realising the idea of this special shape while incorporating the technical features of a Trophy Truck.
Another partner is Meziere Enterprises, a long-standing supporter of AGM that specialises in machined and lathed parts for racing. Team boss Christensen spent many nights with engineers from Meziere, developing calculations, drawings and CAD data.
"There is an incredible amount of machined parts on this Trophy Truck. We rely on the lightweight construction - whether it’s aluminium, magnesium or titanium - that Meziere has made for us," says Armin Schwarz. All carbon-fibre components on the vehicle, for instance the internal parts that are exposed to strong vibrations, are supplied by partner Lynx Composites.
With the suspension, All German Motorsports places it trust in partners Eibach and Fox. They equip the Trophy Truck not only with springs and shock absorbers, but also contribute to the planning. In conjunction with Eibach and Fox, team boss Christensen calculated what the suspension must withstand and provide taking the weight of the vehicle into consideration.
Powering the AGM-Jimco X6 Trophy Truck is a 725 hp V8 Denzio BMW engine. The filter system and the air ducting were set-up by K&N in Riverside, California. Partner Remus built an ultra-lightweight exhaust with a multi-flow 4-in-1 exhaust system. "This provides the unmistakeable sound of the Trophy Truck. That’s exactly what our fans love to hear," said Schwarz. Liqui Moly is the supplier of all lubricants which have been specifically developed for the hot, sandy and difficult conditions of offroad racing in the desert.
Fortin delivers the gearbox: A sequential shift automatic gearbox. "At the rear axle we work with Drexler Motorsport for the first time. They are experts in the field of differentials. We selected a differential which gives us considerably better vehicle handling on the twisty and rolling tracks than a rigid drive," explains Schwarz. "And as far as tyres are concerned, we are sticking with our good and reliable partner, BF Goodrich. Their rubber is a must."
All German Motorsports get all the safety systems, like the Recaro seats, the Schroth harness system, race wear, helmets and the Stand21 HANS system, as well as all the small parts like switches and so forth, from their partner Off Road Warehouse ORW.
But it’s not just about hardware in the AGM-Jimco X6 SCORE Trophy Truck, it’s also about the software. In conjunction with B&M Tricon, the team launched a development project. IT solutions were found that are intended to contribute to simplifying and optimising the set-up of the vehicle in the future.
For August, All German Motorsports plan comparison tests with the new vehicle, which stands out from other Trophy Trucks through its low weight and substantially better aerodynamics. In September, the AGM-Jimco X6 SCORE Trophy Truck will celebrate its public launch in Germany. As part of the presentation, new partners will be announced.
"Our first race with the AGM-Jimco Trophy Truck will be in November at the Baja 1000," says Schwarz. "We’re regarding the Baja 1000 more as a test run and as a good preparation for the 2012 season in the US SCORE Offroad Championship. That’s when we want to secure our first wins."
Technical Data AGM-Jimco X6 Trophy Truck
Chassis: Tubular frame, AGM-Jimco design
Body: AGM/ BMW - X6 carbon body
Total weight: 2,200 kg (without fuel)
Engine: V8 Denzio - BMW engine, 7.0-litres, 725 hp, 780 Nm torque
Engine mounting: Meziere special engine bulkhead with peripheral aggregates like lightflow-water and oil pumps
Exhaust: Remus multi-flow 4-in-1 sound system
Electronics: Motec engine and control electronics
Gearbox: Fortin 4-speed sequential automatic
Rear axle: Drexler Motorsport variable limited split differential
Wheelbase: 314 cm
Wheel travel front: 80cm
Wheel travel rear: 100 cm
Shock absorbers: 3.5 inch FOX Bypass - TT Shocks
Springs: Eibach special offroad springs linear
Anti-roll bars: AGM special anti-roll bars
Brakes: Alcon 355mm inner-vented discs/ 6 piston callipers
Rims: Method Offroad Racing rims, 17 inch, 6.5 x 17"
Tyres: BFGoodrich KRT 37/13.50x17"
Suspension: Meziere special offroad, upright, suspension & hub
Seats: Recaro Profi SPA
Safety: Stand21, HANS, Schroth harness, ORW Racing equipment
Special: AGM hydraulic jack, Soltec lights
2011/07/21 | 14:15 CET | ARTICLE: MR/SY/AGM