It has passed the first crucial test: The new Trophy Truck of Armin Schwarz and All German Motorsports proved fast and robust at its race debut.
All German Motorsports has good reason to celebrate after the 1,000 mile event in Mexico’s Baja California: The AGM-Jimco X6 SCORE Trophy Truck passed the ultimate test with flying colours. In October, Armin Schwarz and Co’s new desert monster was officially presented in Leipzig and has now made its race debut at the famed Baja 1000. The season final of the US SCORE Championship is a true test of grit for man and machine – and it was the perfect opportunity to put the new Trophy Truck through its paces.
The race result was not the main priority for Armin Schwarz and All German Motorsports. The aim was to rack up as many race kilometres as possible in preparation for the 2012 SCORE season. “We didn’t push more than 70 percent because we didn’t want to risk retirement,” says Armin Schwarz, who drove the first 400 mile stint on the ultra brutal desert track. Team boss Martin Christensen then took over driving duties for the second half of the marathon race. He brought the Trophy Truck home 15th place in class and 20th overall. Heavy rain on the day before the race had washed away some parts, with the track becoming even harder and bumpier after it dried.
Following this gruelling test, the team was more than satisfied. After 470 miles, the squad decided for safety reasons to change the transmission which cost them almost three hours. Other than that, there was not one technical problem or repair. “Everything ran smoothly,” Schwarz concludes. “We didn’t have any teething problems, no electrical troubles, no leaking oil, petrol or water pipes – nothing! It’s fantastic that our car has proven to be so resilient after this first test of endurance. A huge thanks to all our partners. All the products they built for us showed impressively that you can send a new car straight into the toughest race of the year. A special thank you to Remus. After the presentation, they quickly manufactured a new exhaust silencer. In Leipzig it was incredibly loud inside the cockpit, now we can talk to our navigators without having to shout.”
With the insights gained from the Baja 1000, the AGM team now throws itself into the preparations for the coming season. Armin Schwarz explains: “We noticed that we were much faster than the other Trophy Trucks in the technical and very fast passages and that was our plan. In the extremely rough and bumpy passages we were slower because our set-up was too soft. We’ll be working on this.” Right now, AGM are busy with a two-day test programme, where the crew will concentrate on fine-tuning the set-up for extremely rough tracks. Partners Fox and Eibach can also use the data and information of the respective springs and dampers to prepare for 2012.
The next race for Armin Schwarz and AGM is the Laughlin Desert Challenge in January 2012. But this time the squad will be going ‘max’ attack – with the AGM-Jimco X6 SCORE Trophy Truck as the winning car.