Armin Schwarz newsletter 2008-05-02

Newsletter Armin Schwarz 2008-05-02 Today. Randy Weisser, CFO, Off Road Warehouse ORW - From a Sponsor's viewpoint: Is winning everything? Saves crucial seconds: Our new All German Motorsport Dakar Series Jacking System When I asked our ...

Newsletter Armin Schwarz 2008-05-02

Today.

Randy Weisser, CFO, Off Road Warehouse ORW - From a Sponsor's viewpoint: Is winning everything?

Saves crucial seconds: Our new All German Motorsport Dakar Series Jacking System

When I asked our friend Randy Weisser, the CFO of the Off Road Warehouse, if he could contribute a short text explaining racing from the sponsor's side, he didn't hesitate for a second. Thank you Randy!

Additionally please read my short story about a great invention: the All German Motorsports Dakar Series Jacking System.

I wish you lots of fun,
    Best wishes, Armin Schwarz

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Randy Weisser, CFO, Off Road Warehouse ORW

From a Sponsor's viewpoint: Is winning everything?

From my view, the answer is "no" - winning is not the only thing. But it sure helps. There is an old saying: "Close only counts in horse shoes." But, when it comes to off-road racing, you either WIN or you LOSE, finishing second is nice, but it is not the prize.

I have been a fan as well as a participant in the sport since 1974. Last year I had the opportunity to purchase a local company called Off Road Warehouse and early on I knew we needed to find a top notch race team to become involved with.

When I received word that Martin Christensen and his All German Motor Sports was teaming up with Armin Schwarz to run an unlimited class one buggy, I had more than just a passing interest. It was obvious this team could be a serious contender. However, to compete at t his level it takes more than just great drivers, it would take a whole team effort.

Realizing that the basics were in place I decided to take a closer look. My first task was to check out the support team, so I decided to attend several of the Wednesday night team meetings at the AGM facility. And WOW was I surprised! These guys all ten or twelve of them were totally committed to the effort. I mean they wrenched on the car until early in the morning, and later some even took time off work to be sure they could be at the races to participate in manning the pits. As impressive as that was, what really impressed me was the team's ability to work together and have fun doing it.

At this point I thought to myself: "Well, OK these guys have put together a great team, but what about having the most advanced technology?" The technology requirements for this class of racing move at break neck speed. I always knew that Martin as the team leader was a very clever individual, but what I have experienced is something I didn't expect, the only word I can think of to describe it is unbelievable. With their new hydraulic jacking system this team can change a flat tire in less than a minute. Not in the pits but out on the race course! The jacking system is just the beginning. There is the leading edget Xtrac transmission, the custom spindles, hubs - this team has it all.

Now I think: "Well, OK this team has two great drivers and they have put together a great support team. They have state of the art technology …" But there was still one thing missing, and that's what I was looking for: The opportunity to be involved as a sponsor. Unless you are a major company with plenty of free cash to spend, mere mortals simply can not maintain this kind of organization without financial support.

Having observed all the above, it was an easy decision for us at Off Road Warehouse to support the All German Motorsports team. I can truly say they have given back much more than they have received. For us the icing on the cake is being able to participate in the testing, pre-running and of course going to the actual races and watch this well oiled machine in action.

Oh yes, there is one more thing, while in this sponsors mind: Winning isn't the only thing, it sure does help. Congratulations to the AGM team on their win at the 2008 San Felipe 250!

I have a funny feeling there will be many more in the future.

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Saves crucial seconds: Our new All German Motorsport Dakar Series Jacking System

After years of lost time with tire changes and getting stuck in slit beds, our team boss Martin Christensen decided there had to be a better way, a way to not only change a flat tire faster and with less effort but also to expedite freeing his vehicle from the slit and sand that is his racing world.

His answer after intense research and development is our new All German Motorsports Dakar Series Jacking System (DSJ System). It allows us to change wheels, on a consistent basis, in less than 90 seconds with the driver staying in his seat. Martin explains: "There's no more getting out, rushing around helping the co-driver pull the jack off, change the flat, put the jack back on, then jumping in, racing to get your belts back on as multiple cars are passing you. Starting the car and taking off, trying to get your breathing back under control, while simultaneously wiping your visor off again and again because through all this you've gotten so warm your steaming it up. "

And this is how it works: The DSJ system ties into the exi sting power steering pressure line, through an inline 100% mechanical control manifold. This results in fewer moving parts and no electrical components, which equates to reliability in the field. Another feature is small size of the manifold, making it easy to mount within the drivers reach, allowing to raise and lower the vehicle without ever having to unbuckle the seat belts.

Once the pressure supplied by the power steering pump is redirected through the control manifold it is sent out to the Jacks. The jacks are positioned one on each side of the vehicle normally mounted near the balance point on their respective sides. Each DSJ system jack consists of a 2" diameter chromoly shaft, made to withstand high levels of side load without bending. An aluminum pad that has 20 degrees of pivot in any direction to allow for use in uneven terrain, a sensor mounted in the lower housing that monitors the jack's position, and three detents that hold the jack up while not in use. All of which is kept to a scant 24lbs through the use of lightweight materials.

Once installed in the vehicle, this unit is ready for use, no legs or feet need to be added when changing a tire and this unit does not need to be pivoted down from some stored position. It is ready to use at any time.

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    Armin Schwarz

-credit: armin-schwarz.com

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