Extreme, fast & furious: for the “most difficult rallye of the world“ – the Dakar Challenge – both the teams and the trucks need the best equipment, the best supply chain, the best springs. Only recently the DDW rallyteam has opted for springs from the technology leader SCHOMÄCKER Federnwerk and commissioned an innovative development.
The story so far: in the past the DDW rallyteam used the springs of SCHOMÄCMER’s competitors. Following an axial load increase on the trucks from 4.0 t to 5.2 t the team noticed an increase in spring fracture. With reference to the extreme conditions of the rallye, our competitor gave up and refused to accept the complaint made by DDW. This is where we came into play because quality springs by the spring specialist SCHOMÄCKER Federnwerk meet all challenges – including the ones under the motto “extreme, fast & furious”.
Our sales partner, the Dutch spring specialist Eeltink, brought us in contact with the DDW rallyteam. The first get-together was in July 2021. On the way back from a rallye in Wroclaw (Poland) the team members and their rallye truck made a stopover at the SCHOMÄCKER production site in Melle. Immediately, our engineers carried out a requirements analysis and developed a solution: a completely new 3-leaf parabolic spring, especially designed for the DDW rallye truck and the conditions in which they are used.
The first test order was delivered at very short notice. In other words, the SCHOMÄCKER FEDERNWERK team not only proved their engineering skills but also their extreme flexibility.
Initial tests on a special test route using our newly developed springs already took place at the end of October 2021. In January 2022 they were then successfully put into use in the Dakar Rallye. What is more, the special springs were also tested by a further rallye team. Since their debut, a number of rallye teams have displayed an interest in the new SCHOMÄCKER springs for extreme challenges.