Dakar: Eduard Weidl - Volkswagen Motorsport interview

Three questions to Eduard Weidl, Technical Director of Volkswagen Motorsport What type of work was done on the Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 on rest day? "According to schedule, we changed the gearboxes, differentials, drive shafts, turbochargers...

Three questions to Eduard Weidl, Technical Director of Volkswagen Motorsport

What type of work was done on the Volkswagen Race Touareg 2 on rest day?

"According to schedule, we changed the gearboxes, differentials, drive shafts, turbochargers and numerous smaller wearing parts such as brake linings, brake discs and hose connections as well as several electrical components. Before the rally, we established an exact schedule for these service jobs and did not have to perform any additional work."

How long did it take the team to do this work on rest day?

"A total of 24 hours, in other words from Friday afternoon to Saturday afternoon. The different types of jobs were divided among all the team members, ensuring that everyone got their necessary period of rest. On Saturday afternoon we took all the Race Touareg prototypes out for short test drives. All of them were running perfectly."

The day of rest is followed immediately by the marathon stage. How has the team prepared for the two legs without regular service as far as the technical side is concerned?

"It was important to plan the intervals for changing component such that as few scheduled maintenance as possible needed to be done on the marathon day. Apart from refuelling, changing tyres and performing a check there's nothing to be done -- unless something unusual happens on the leg. We discussed all the tasks precisely with the vehicle engineers and discussed the detailed work with the three race truck crews as well. We have covered all functions in the race trucks two-fold in the event that one of the trucks should not arrive in Tichit on time."

-credit: vw motorsport

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