Armin Schwarz, first big success, winner of the Rally Mitropa Cup 1986 in the INA Audi 80 Quattro
Armin Schwarz with the INA/ LUK Audi Quattro Coupe 1987 first time German Rally Champion
Now Schaeffler is back as our partner. The SCORE race series in the USA allows huge technical freedom – it’s a wonderful testing ground for a company that is future oriented. And the extreme desert races offer incomparably gruelling test conditions for innovative technical solutions. Initially, Schaeffler will adapt components for our gearbox, clutch, wheel bearings, steering and all friction type bearings. Bearings in particular come under incredible stresses, withstanding hour upon hour of the toughest terrain, through heat and wet. We’ll already be using some of the new components and parts at the SCORE Baja 500 from 1 to 3 June. There is not a great deal of time for development, production and testing. So it suits us perfectly that the engineers at Schaeffler regard the incredibly tight timeframe as a sporting challenge.
new Era 2012, the AGM Schaeffler Trophy Truck with Armin Schwarz and his long time navigator Bryan Little
Another important topic: Congratulations to Eibach USA on its 25th anniversary! In 2011, Eibach in Germany celebrated its 60th year of being in business. Now, 2012 marks a quarter of a century for Eibach USA. I want to sincerely thank all the employees in Corona. It’s incredible fun to ride offroad with your springs. We’re often testing our new Trophy Truck. Every test yields new information – and often results in requests for adapted parts. Eibach USA has always kept a finger on the pulse and produces new springs, anti roll bars and suspension parts at lightning speed.
It’s easy to travel at the limit with such partners alongside!
As soon as I have any further news I’ll be back to tell you about it.
Until then, best regards, Armin