Placed on 28/02/2017
The Dutch teams from GINAF Rally Service (with CEO Iginio Voorhorst as Team Manager) in action during Dakar 2017 got fantastic results and the VB-FullAir 4C systems did an excellent job too. This is the fifth year in a row that the team has been driving with the same air suspension system, and apart from a couple of software updates, nothing had been changed. Thus, our systems look to be unbeatable even in the most unusual and demanding of conditions.
This year the Smink Rally Sport truck was competing in the Dakar for the third time and the Van Velsen Rally Sport truck left the starter line for the fifth time. This team was driving a truck previously used by Mammoet Rallysport and at the time had the same air suspension system fitted. The vehicles drive around 10,000 Dakar kilometres in each Dakar rally. This means that this system had already covered a distance of more than 50,000 Dakar kilometres under the most extreme of conditions. A direct comparison cannot be made between Dakar kilometres and “normal road conditions”, however it can be said that they come close to the average European 'on-road' kilometre by a factor of 10 to 20. This means that, not only has this vehicle been driven with the same VB-Airsuspension parts for five years, these parts have also been in perfect working order over a distance equivalent to at least 500,000 kilometres.
Just before the Dakar, the air suspension and shock absorbers were aligned with one another and this reaped its rewards during the competition since the trucks could be driven faster and with more confidence. Getting the alignment right means the trucks are more stable, more comfortable and therefore safer.
It was another successful Dakar for VB-Airsuspension!