If you have been into off-road racing for a while, two things may come to mind when talking about All German Motorsports: BMW-powered off-road race cars and incredible tools developed for the off-road industry. That’s because AGM has been racing for generations in various cars such as the belt-driven BMW Powered Class 10 Buggy or the Class 1 Buggy powered by an M5 engine and even a Jimco Trophy Truck. Owner and founder of AGM, Martin Christensen, has taken his combined years of off-road racing knowledge to engineer innovative tools and products that help people work smarter, not harder.
We recently visited the new AGM headquarters in Escondido, California, which shares the same building with Christensen’s other company, All German Automotive Tools and Technology. AGA Tools is a company that develops specialty tools designed to not only save time but save thousands of dollars in labor costs for German auto manufacturers, allowing them to work more efficiently.
Upon entering the towering building, you are greeted by Richard Nguyen, the sales and marketing manager. The showroom is calm, quiet but primarily filled with all the products AGM offers, such as the Electric Jack, Shock Shaft Jaws, Brake Bleeders, and many more.
The shop area differs entirely from the showroom. Large vast ceilings are accentuated by a well-lit shop environment that looks clean enough to eat off the floor. It genuinely is a white-glove experience. We immediately noticed two shop bays that are used to work on anything from race cars to automotive cars to test new products. Not only do they test their product there, but they manufacture and develop their products there as well, with plenty of storage featured around the shop.
After speaking with Bryan Lyttle, Vice President of Sales from AGM, we were given a first-hand demonstration of how their Electric Jack works. The jack has a single button operation and on the fly, quick-release height adjustment. Powered by a single drill battery, it can lift a small vehicle within seconds and can even be used for a rollover recovery, as you can see here.
The Electric Jack was built out of necessity for the SXS industry. AGM had noticed a problem in the UTV industry; there was not safe on the fly jacking system. With generations of off-road experience and having already developed the heavy-duty Dakar Jack, it was only a matter of time until they developed their own small portable jack. The Dakar Jack was the unique jacking system that is outfitted on many off-road racing trucks. Hydraulically powered by a vehicle’s power steering circuit, the AGM Jacking system can lift a 5000lb truck off the ground in seconds, making tire changes a breeze. This is especially helpful in off-road racing. This scenario is exactly how most of their products are developed, being built out of necessity.
Another problem commonly encountered in the UTV world is fuel economy and range, typically a high horsepower UTV such as the Can Am Maverick X3 has dismal fuel economy of 10 MPG. You won’t get too far with the factory fuel tank.
They developed a low profile auxiliary aluminum gas tank that fits snug under the driver and passenger seats. The auxiliary tank piggybacks off of the factory tank extending its total fuel range significantly. With its own dedicated electric fuel pump and fuel line fitting you can help fuel up another persons car if they are in need of fuel. It is products like these that help make AGM stand out as an innovative company.
AGM, They are a company that makes race-inspired tools and products designed to help people work smarter in a shop environment. Their massive shop is an excellent example of their products: well thought out, superior design, and purposeful. While they aren’t racing the Trophy Truck anymore, they can still be found racing in Baja today in their Can-Am Maverick in the UTV class and in their shop making innovative products for the automotive and off-road industries.