The adventure began in 1977, when Thierry Sabine became lost on his motorcycle in the Libyan desert during the Abidjan-Nice Rally. Saved from the extreme desert, he returned to France, enthralled by the landscape he’d experienced and promised himself he would share his fascination with as many people as possible. He then planned a route starting in Europe, continuing to Algiers and crossing the Agadez before eventually finishing at Dakar. He coined a motto for his inspiration: “A challenge for those who go. A dream for those who stay. ”
Over the course of almost thirty years, The Dakar has generated innumerable sporting and human stories. Made up of Canadians, Mexicans and Americans, El Martillo Racing is truly North America’s most thorough representation at this years Dakar Rally. Made up of Team Principal Driver Matt Campbell, Driver Luis “Fito” Ramirez Jr., Navigator Nicolas Ambriz S, Rider Jeff Quade, Navigator Carlos “Jampy” Olmos, and Managing Director Jeff Quade, the team has spent the past year preparing and building a new, custom JIMCO three seat race car to compete in the toughest race in the world. El Martillo is also entering a KTM Dakar Ready bike in the Motorcycle class and a Iveco Truck in the T4 Race Truck class.
EL MARTILLO RACE TEAM
Matt Campbell, Team Principal Driver – “My entire life has prepared me for the Dakar Challenge. We are competitors.”
Luis “Fito” Ramirez Jr., Driver – “I’m always looking for bigger challenges, and Dakar is my dream to conquer, I’m proud to represent Mexico and honored to be part of El Martillo Racing.”
Nicolas Ambriz S., Navigator – As a team leader, he has prepared winning cars for SCORE International, the Pan-American Rally, NORRA, and Mexican OFF-Road Series. He is a well-known Mexican navigator with SCORE International wins, Mexican National Event wins, and high finishes in NORRA and the Pan-American Rally.
Jeff Quade, Rider – Jeff Quade started riding motorcycles at the age of 4 under the guidance of his father, Mike (Mickey) Quade, who was a factory rider for Husqvarna and competed internationally.
Paul JS Clark, Managing Director – Paul brings 10 years of Off Road Racing experience and 4 class championships to Martillo Racing.
Carlos “Jampy” Olmos, Navigator – An experimented driver born in the municipality of Los Cabos, Baja California Sur, Mexico, Olmos will have the responsibility of guiding the action of competition in the rough roads of South America. Plus, the T4 truck will transport spare parts and a full mobile shop equipped to bring assistance to the OP1 race car if needed. Olmos will be for sure a reliable navigator and back up to El Martillo Racing.
2014 JIMCO DAKAR RACE CAR BUILD
|Builder:||Jimco Racing, Santee, CA|
|Track width:||2362mm / 93 inches|
|Wheelbase:||3251mm / 128 inches|
|Body:||CAD Design Dodge Durango SUV body made of Carbon Fibre with Kevlar support in critical areas.|
|Engine:||7.6l / 463 cui V8 Naturally aspirate, RHS Block, 37.2mm/1.46inch ASO mandatory restrictor, built by Redline Motors. ECU by Motec, Dry Sump by Dailey Engineering|
|Transmission:||Albins AGB, 6 speed sequential|
|Front Suspension:||Unequal length A-arm, 3.0 dual rate coil-over and 4.0 5-way bypass by Fox Shox. Sway bar|
|Rear Suspension:||IRS with single trailing arm, 3.0 dual rate coil-over and 4.0 4-way bypass by Fox Shox. Sway bar|
|Wheels:||17×7.5 inch Method bead-lock|
|Tires:||37×12.5×17 BFGoodrich KR2|
|Brakes:||Alcon 6 piston, 13inch rotors|
|Hubs:||Front: ProAm, Rear: Fortin|
|Fuel Cell:||Fuelsafe 530 litres / 140 gallons|
|Lights:||LED and HID by Baja Designs|
|Navigation:||2x Terra Trip 303|
|Intercom:||PCI 4 Link Pro Elite|
|Climate Control:||Vintage Air A/C, Roof Flaps|
|Car Lift:||Integral AGM hydraulic jacking system|
|Miscellaneous:||Car is a 3 seat car with center mounted rear seat. Construction of complete car was done within 6 month. Debut will be 2014 Dakar. SCORE and ASO legal.|