03 Mrz 2016

Comeback in the World Cup of Cross Country Rallies

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Jutta Kleinschmidt look forward to a new challenge!

The X-raid buggy project continues together with Jutta. Despite the buggy’s unplanned retirement from the Dakar Rally the development of the two-wheel driven vehicle is continued. And X-raid succeeded in signing an experienced pairing for the continuation of the development programme: In the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and Qatar’s Sealine Cross Country Rally, Jutta Kleinschmidt and her Swedish co-driver Tina Thörner will take the buggy to its limits while gathering a lot of important kilometres covered in anger.

Kleinschmidt, back in 2001 the first female Dakar winner, also has got several years of buggy experience under her belt. She contested several editions of the Dakar with a Schlesser buggy and in 2003 with a Volkswagen Tarek. Furthermore, she isn’t an unknown quantity for X-raid as she raced the BMW X3 CC in several events in 2006 and 2007.

In late 2014, X-raid started the buggy project, thus entering virgin soil. Up to then, the workshop in Trebur solely had developed and built all-wheel driven cars but due to the current development of the technical regulations, X-raid saw the need to also work on designing and developing a two-wheel drive project.

The final preparations have been successfully completed (see also this video) and the start of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge is approaching. After the X-Raid Buggy returned by boat from the Dakar Rally, the team had only 6 days to get it fit and shipped to Abu Dhabi. In this time the X-raid team together with Jutta completely stripped and rebuilt the buggy.

Jutta: „Developing a vehicle always represents a special challenge as you have to deal far more with the technology and procedures. The two rallies in Abu Dhabi (2nd-7th of April ) and Qatar (17th to 22nd of April) represent a perfect combination: in Abu Dhabi we mainly will have to cope with sand and dunes while the event in Qatar will be dominated by hard track surfaces and rocks. We all really look forward to this new big challenge!“

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