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VB-Airsuspension takes part in Dakar 2017

The Dakar Rally 2017 is scheduled to start from Asunción, Paraguay on 2nd January. Various teams from the Netherlands are taking part once again, including Van Velsen Rallysport, Smink Rallysport and the Tilburg Truck Parts team. VB-Airsuspension is sponsoring these teams during the Dakar, both financially and with products.

The Dakar rally has been recognised as the toughest rally for man and machine for many years. As the event attracts a great deal of media attention, the rally is an excellent way for a company to raise its profile. For VB-Airsuspension this is not just about having a logo displayed on different vehicles; it is also about the suspension systems, which will be pushed to their limits once again at this event.

Competition trucks
Van Velsen Rallysport and Smink Rallysport are driving Ginaf trucks fitted with a VB-FullAir 4C system (full air suspension on the front and rear axle). These systems were installed in the trucks in previous years and are still performing at their best to this day.

A few weeks prior to boarding the vehicles in Le Havre, Jos Smink and Aad van Velsen subjected the air suspension to one final test. The systems are equipped with the latest software and the air suspension and shock absorbers were perfectly co-ordinated with the help of a test course. Both Jos and Aad were able to drive the vehicles faster and with more confidence.

The air suspension makes the vehicle more stable, allowing it to be driven at higher speeds. Furthermore, the system offers greater comfort and no longer cuts out, with the advantage that the team arrives at the bivouac less tired and with more energy for the rest of the race.

Service vehicle
The Tilburg Truck Parts team has a VB-SemiAir system (semi air suspension) system installed in its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter service vehicle. The air suspension system ensures that the vehicle stands horizontally (irrespective of the load) and that the mechanics travel comfortably from bivouac to bivouac.

Press teams
In addition to the competition trucks and service vehicles, VB-Airsuspension also sponsors several press teams,
including RallyManiacs, CondorMedia and We4Dakar, whose vehicles are fitted with VB-Airsuspension systems. These press teams make it possible for Dakar fans to enjoy the event at home with stunning photographs, videos and reports.

maintenance of the trucks for the Smink Rally Team, Van Velsen Rallysport and the Rainbow Truck Team.

For live news and updates on VB-Airsuspension and the teams during the Dakar, visit the special Dakar website at www.vbgoesdakar.com

VB-Airsuspension would like to wish the teams every success in the Dakar!

A look back at Dakar 2016 – vehicles with a VB-Airsuspension system
Unfortunately, out of the four vehicles that took part in this year's rally (all equipped with an air suspension system from VB-Airsuspension), only three made it to the finish.

Ginaf Rally Power competition truck #520
For the fourth year in a row, VB-Airsuspension is supporting the Ginaf Rally Power team. VB-Airsuspension brings an enormous amount of added value to this team, both in terms of financial contributions and support for products as well as their testing/development. However, the ambitions of the Ginaf Rally Power team were brought to an abrupt end during the fourth and also the first marathon stage, when Jan Lammers had to retire the Ginaf due to engine problems. Closer investigation revealed that a gearwheel in the engine had fractured, affecting several important parts of the truck. The VB-Airsuspension team was extremely disappointed to see the Ginaf Rally Power team leave Dakar 2016 at such an early stage.

Van Velsen Rally Sport competition truck #542
The Velsen Rally Sport team - competing at the Dakar for the first time - performed extremely well and finished 38th. The team drives a Ginaf truck fitted with a VB-FullAir 4C system. This system was installed in the vehicle used by the Mammoet Rallysport team in previous years, and the air suspension system is still performing at its best now.

Tilburgs Truck parts team service vehicle
The Tilburgs Truck Parts team, also making its début at the Dakar, has a service vehicle with an air suspension system from VB-Airsuspension: its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter is fitted with VB-SemiAir. This auxiliary air suspension system ensures that the mechanics travel more comfortably from bivouac to bivouac, so they stay fresh for the task in hand: ensuring the competition truck is ready for the next stage as quickly and competently as possible.

KAMAZ-master team Mercedes-Benz Sprinter
A large, highly organised, multi-award winning Dakar truck team like KAMAZ will arrive at the Dakar with a substantial fleet of vehicles, including competition trucks, service and press vehicles as well as passenger transport vehicles. A special minibus is available so that the mechanics and other staff can travel from bivouac to bivouac as comfortably as possible. Several years ago KAMAZ contacted VB-Airsuspension to find out whether the ride comfort of its Mercedes-Benz Sprinter minibus could be improved. The team at KAMAZ sets great store by the well-being and fitness of its mechanics and, as the road conditions during the Dakar are frequently poor, the team often had a long, uncomfortable drive with the original suspension system. VB-Airsuspension therefore supplied a VB-FullAir 2C system and fitted it to the vehicle. This vastly improved the ride comfort of the minibus, meaning the mechanics arrived refreshed and ready to set to work. The system has been in place in the vehicle for a few years now and is still in perfect working order.

The Dakar rallies demonstrate time and time again that systems from VB-Airsuspension dramatically improve vehicle behaviour.  It is these high quality and exceptionally reliable products that are capable of withstanding the harsh conditions of the Dakar each and every time.

 

Le Dakar 2016

In 2016 VB-Airsuspension is proud sponsor of the Ginaf Rally Power team.
The Ginaf Rally Power team is participating with truck #520
Jan Lammers, Emiel Megens, Erik Kofman

 

VB-Airsuspension all set for Dakar Rally 2015

The Dakar gets underway on 4 January 2015 in the Argentine capital Buenos Aires, taking a route through Bolivia to Iquique in Chile. Bolivia will host four stages of the competition this year. On 17 January, the rally will then follow a different route back to the finish in Buenos Aires.

This year, every category will have to complete a number of marathon stages. A new quirk to this year's rally is the requirement for the different categories (trucks, cars, bikes and quads) to take their rest day on different days.

The Dakar route this year covers some 9,000 kilometres.

 

In recent years, VB-Airsuspension has proudly sponsored a number of rally teams taking part in the toughest rally competition in the world: the Dakar. All of these teams have competed in vehicles equipped with a suspension system from VB-Airsuspension, providing VB-Airsuspension with the perfect opportunity to demonstrate how its products are capable of withstanding even the harshest conditions of the Dakar Rally! This way they also help to elevate brand awareness for VB-Airsuspension.

 

This year there will be a number of changes:

With ten years of the Dakar rally under his belt, Henk Knuiman will not be taking part, nor will he be driving his service vehicle equipped with VB-SemiAir. Henk has now turned his attention to helping young people and VB-Airsuspension would like to wish him every success.

The Mammoet Rallysport team, which has previously competed with a GINAF equipped with VB-FullAir, has joined the MKR Adventure team for this year's rally and will be competing with a Renault equipped with conventional leaf spring suspension.

Nevertheless, VB-Airsuspension would like to wish the Mammoet Rallysport team every success in the Dakar 2015.

Mammoet Rallysport Dakar 2014

Mammoet Rallysport Dakar 2015

The GINAF Rally Power team will compete this year with an improved VB-FullAir air suspension system on the truck's front and rear axle.

The air suspension has been tested and implemented in collaboration with GINAF and HAN (Hogeschool van Arnhem en Nijmegen) with a number of live tests in quarries in Menden, Germany and in Morocco.
A number of improvements have been made to the bellows and steering, and work has been carried out with the manufacturer of the dampers to determine the adjustments that needed to be made to the dampers.

The GINAF Rally Power team will be competing with three trucks this year:

Truck no. 511 with Wuf van Ginkel, Bert van Donkelaar and Hugo Kupper

Truck no. 522 with Jos Smink, Peter Nieuwenburg and Peter Stijkel

Truck no. 528 with Edwin van Ginkel, Herman Vaanholt and Emiel Megens

GINAF Rally Service's rapid service truck (no. 562) , which is also equipped with VB-FullAir, will also be taking part in the rally this year.

The truck will be driven by Jan Lammers, accompanied by Sven Vogelaar and Daniel Bruinsma.
In the event of problems with any of the GINAF Rally Power trucks, Jan Lammers will be quickly on hand to provide service.

VB-Airsuspension would like to wish the teams of GINAF Rally Power and GINAF Rally Service every success in the Dakar 2015 and is confident that the air suspension systems will put in an outstanding performance once again.

VB-Airsuspension Dakar movie 2013

 

 

 

Dakar season gets under way for VB-Airsuspension too!

One day really isn't enough to get that 'Dakar feeling', so VB-Airsuspension and its partners the Dakar Press Team, 4WD and Veth Carrosseriefabriek organised a true mini Dakar experience the day before the Dakar Pre-Prologue.

On Saturday 9 November, invited guests gathered at the De Witte Ruysheuvel motocross track in Oss to find out exactly how it feels to master tough terrain in a four-wheel-drive vehicle.
Guests could take to the wheel themselves, or experience the thrill of a Dakar vehicle as a passenger!

VB-Airsuspension provided a number of vehicles for the event, including
a Mercedes-Benz G Class and a Land Rover Defender fitted with VB-FullAir 4C. The air suspension kits on both of these vehicles were developed in close collaboration with our partner JS Automotive. In addition, VB-Airsuspension used the event as the perfect opportunity to introduce its products for pick-up vehicles, also bringing a Volkswagen Amarok and a Nissan Navara with VB-FullAir 2C to the event.

The event was a great success and offered guests the chance to test the air suspension kits under real off-road conditions.

 

 

Dakar Pre-Prologue

The Dakar Pre-Prologue day began on a rainy note, but like the year before, turned out to be a beautifully sunny day.
The public turned out in strong numbers for what was a fantastic day, taking advantage of every opportunity to admire their favourite vehicles and drivers first hand.
For VB-Airsuspension, the event also provided the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of its products among the public.

Following the success of the previous year's event and endless positive responses, VB-Airsuspension expanded its product range for this year to include kits for off-road vehicles and pick-ups.
VB-Airsuspension developed a VB-SemiAir system (semi air suspension) for various pick-up brands and a VB-FullAir system (full air suspension system) for the Land Rover Defender and Mercedes-Benz G Class, amongst others.

The Dakar Pre-Prologue was a final opportunity for teams, drivers and VB-Airsuspension to check that everything is working correctly before the vehicles are sent on to Le Havre. All teams completed the circuit without incident, and the test was thus also a resounding success for VB-Airsuspension.

 

 

With all modifications to the air suspension performing exactly as the company had hoped, VB-Airsuspension was able to declare the air suspension ready for Dakar 2014.

There have been a number of changes to teams and vehicles. The following table lists the teams and their vehicles, service vehicles and/or press vehicles currently using air suspension systems from VB-Airsuspension.

Team

Vehicle

Competition/service/press

Driver

Mammoet Rallysport

Ginaf X2222

Competition

Martin van den Brink

Mammoet Rallysport

Ginaf X2222

Competition

Pascal de Baar

Ginaf Rally Power

Ginaf X2222

Competition

Jos Smink

Ginaf Rally Power

Ginaf X2222

Competition

Wuf van Ginkel

Ginaf Rally Power

Ginaf X2222

Competition

Edwin van Ginkel

Ginaf Rally Power

Ginaf X2222

Competition

Jack Brouwers

Ginaf Rally Power

Ginaf X2222

Competition

Jan Lammers

Ginaf Rally Service

Ginaf X2222

Competition

Daniël Bruinsma

Team Henk Knuiman

Mercedes-Benz Sprinter

Service

 

Maxxis Dakar Team

Dodge Ram

Service

 

Dakar Press Team

Volkswagen Amarok

Press

 Leon Jansen

Dakar Press Team

Toyota Land Cruiser

Press

 

 

 

Keep an eye out for these teams at Dakar 2014 and you'll be certain to see the VB-Airsuspension logo as the vehicles thunder by!

 

 

First pictures of Le Dakar 2013

 

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Here you can check the results and the position in the overall ranking of the teams: Mammoet Rallysport, Rally Team Smink, Racing For Holland and Italtrans

Mammoet Rallysport

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Scratch                 10  11  20  10  17   9  -  7  3  9  9  21  28
Stage 7 10 11 20 10 17  9  -  7  3  9  9  21  28
Overall 7 10 8 8 7 10  10  10  10  10  10  9  10  11


Rally Team Smink  

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Scratch               18 13 28 9 9 11  12  -  9  10  10  11  17  16
Stage 18 13 28 9 9 11  12  -  12  10  10  11  17  16
Overall 18 13 21 15 13 12  12  12  12  12  12  11  12  12

 Racing For Holland

 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Scratch              30 14 27 11 35 16  63  -  29  43  47  27  25  29
Stage 30 14 27 11 35 16  63  -  29  43  47  27  25  29
Overall 30 15 17 14 16 14  29  29  27  26  27  27  25  25

 

 Italtrans 

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Scratch             16 55 39 22 25 24  22  -  37  34  35  22  20  52
Stage 16 55 39 22 25 24  22  -  37  34  35  22  20  52
Overall 16 47 42 35 33 29  26  26  25  23  23  23  23  23

 

Volkswagen Amarok in harbor of Lima

 

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