Armin Schwarz newsletter 2007-07-05

Push Bar: steel frame against love-crazed dinosaurs The front of our All German Motorsports Buggy is very sleek. In fact, it reminds me of a speedboat. And so that it stays sleek the front is protected in a solid crash bar: a thick curving pipe...

Push Bar: steel frame against love-crazed dinosaurs

The front of our All German Motorsports Buggy is very sleek. In fact, it reminds me of a speedboat. And so that it stays sleek the front is protected in a solid crash bar: a thick curving pipe made out of heat-treated steel. Its diameter is bigger than the chassis tubes with walls three millimetres thick. This deflects the major stuff.

The US boys call this a "push bar" which aptly describes the purpose of this construction. This is what I have learned so far: In racing you have to knock before you overtake. Depending on the situation this knocking can be somewhat hefty. So hefty in fact that a normal car would be ready for the scrap metal yard afterwards...

This push bar is not just suited for Baja style "move aside please" manoeuvres. In thick dust with zero viz it happens quite often that your car hits the rear of a front-runner. After the Baja 500 recently our push bar looked less like a racing component than a work of very contemporary art.

Our Buggy is well protected at the rear, too. Our team boss Martin Christensen designed a special construction for the back. I say "special" because unlike the other competitors we have a mid-engine Buggy. In a strong steel pipe frame to the left and right of the gearbox behind the rear axle are the spare wheels. This puts the wheels' centre of gravity very low down. Additionally, with their huge rubber tyres they make excellent bumpers for the entire rear end.

Last but not least they prevent what I call "dinosaur mating": In the Baja 500 we came to a steep hill section. One of the Trophy Trucks had become stuck. I wa nted to push him up the slope so I nudged up close to him with my push bar and put the throttle down! Now, our Buggy wass very light at the front and the Trophy Truck was buried deep at the rear - so our Buggy climbed over the rear of the truck. This really looked like two love-crazed dinosaurs!

However, thanks to Martin's construction our Buggy's relationships remain platonic - but we still have fun...

-credit: www.armin-schwarz.com

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Series Offroad , Score
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