Armin Schwarz newsletter 2007-09-16

Team portrait: All German Motorsports From now on in each newsletter we want to introduce one of our team members. By the end of the year we should have included everyone. Carlos Gutierrez: untiring technology genius Carlos Gutierrez is one of...

Team portrait: All German Motorsports
From now on in each newsletter we want to introduce one of our team members. By the end of the year we should have included everyone.

Carlos Gutierrez: untiring technology genius

Carlos Gutierrez is one of the key figures when it comes to technology at AGM. He worked previously as an engineer for the Italian BMW team in the World Touring Car Championship. He now brings all his expertise in preparing our Buggies. Recently he threw himself wholeheartedly into the latest technical innovations like the Xtrac gearbox and the new components from ZF Sachs. He was always the one to turn the lights on in the morning - and turn them off again in the evening.

Carlos loves motorsport and his profession, and in his precious little spare time he is keen to keep fit.

Terrible's Primm 300: Fourth after halfway lead

Just imagine: You are strapped into the bucket seat of your All German Motorsports 600+hp Buggy wearing thick and hot flame-resistant overalls. The thermometer reads a cosy 43 degrees Celsius. Your helmet is airtight to prevent you from being suffocated by the dust. The air you breath comes through a pipe with slight overpressure. You drive as fast as you can, which is seriously tough work. Every second the car gets a banging and beating, and you have the feeling somebody is kicking your head and helmet non-stop. And the desert flies by at an incredible speed ... To make it short: This Terrible's Primm 300 in the desert close to Las Vegas was so wonder ful that I can't stop thinking about it.

I drove the first stint, two laps of 72 miles each, full speed, through incredibly tough terrain. When we came to our pit crew for the driver change we were leading our class by four minutes and were third overall. Like always, the pit crew did a superb job: precise, calm, fast. Matthias took the wheel, and drove quite cautiously for the second half of the 300 miles, which cost him 18 minutes. In the finish we were fourth in our class.

So we just missed the podium which is a pity. But we have lots of good news: We raced our new six-speed Xtrac gearbox for the first time and it worked perfectly. The same for our new clutch and torque limiter by ZF Sachs. Thanks to our partners for that!

And I want to say thank you very, very much to everybody at All German Motorsports for their immaculate work and their friendliness. By the way, the word is out that the All German Motorsports team with its German drivers is a quick bunch. the odds that we would win were 12:1; at the last race they were 4:1!

Now we face the biggest challenge of them all, the Baja 1000. If I could I would jump into the cockpit tomorrow. But first it's a short vacation with my family in the U.S.

-credit: www.armin-schwarz.com

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