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Trophy Truck With A Twist

Posted in Events on February 1, 2013
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All German Motorsports (AGM) has run a desert race team for a number of years, campaigning several Class 1 buggies in Southwestern U.S. and Mexico desert races. For the 2012 season, the team set out to design and race a trophy truck class entry. However, in doing so, they chose to deviate from some of the present design philosophies and create a truck different from most in the current field.

Innovation drives advancement on and off racecourses, and it pushes teams to go faster. Team leader Martin Christensen and rally expert Armin Schwarz planned to create a truck from their own imaginations and innovation.

Sure, they opted for a high-horsepower V-8 and turned to big-block Chevy power for that task. Danzio Performance created the 700-plus-horsepower powerplant and Meziere Enterprises went to work designing a super clean front belt system and chassis-to-engine mount plate.

Next, they needed to source a new chassis for their project. They approached Jimco Racing with their idea and a cooperative effort was born. They wanted to design an overall lighter and more nimble truck that they thought could win races against the current breed of trophy trucks. The result is the Jimco AGM X6 2012 chassis used in the truck you see on these pages. This just might be the next generation of trucks roosting dirt on a regular basis.

The wheelbase of the new chassis comes in at 128 inches, and total track width at the tires is right at 93 inches. The overall size of the AGM truck is a bit smaller and narrower than the average trophy truck. The chassis was designed all along the way with the goal of weight reduction, without compromising on strength or reliability with the drivetrain and race components they had in mind.

Tire size was selected to be 37 inches to lighten overall weight and allow use of lighter drivetrain and suspension components. They also chose to run only a single spare tire to further save weight. With the lighter weight of their truck, it stands to reason there is less pounding exerted on the tires. Overall weight in ready-to-race condition, less fuel, is a svelte 4,540 pounds.

Fox shocks are used on the rear, as well. A 16-inch-travel 2.5-inch coilover is combined with an 18-inch-travel 3.0-inch bypass shock to control movement of the tail of the truck.

The team has had some growing pains in their inaugural season of SCORE racing, but that’s not uncommon for racers fielding a new vehicle with new technology. The learning process is evolving, and they continue to dial in their truck and their race strategy. By the time you read this, the 2012 season will have closed and the team will be preparing for the 2013 races. Keep your eyes out for the big black X6 screaming across the desert.

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VEHICLE: 2012 Jimco/AGM X6 Trophy Truck
OWNER/HOMETOWN: All German Motorsports/Escondido, CA
ENGINE: GM 7.4L V-8 with custom induction system
TRANSMISSION/TRANSFER CASE: Fortin Racing FRST4 four-speed sequential
FRONT AXLES: Meziere Enterprises hubs and spindles, Alcon six-piston calipers, 14-inch rotors
REAR AXLE: ID Designs trussed housing, 4.89 gears, spool, Fortin 40-spline shafts, Meziere Enterprises hubs and spindles, Alcon six-piston calipers, 14-inch rotors
FRONT SUSPENSION: Fox 14-inch-travel 2.5-inch coilover, Fox 14-inch-travel 3.0-inch bypass, Eibach springs, Meziere Enterprises sway bar
REAR SUSPENSION: Fox 16-inch-travel 2.5-inch coilover, Fox 18-inch-travel 3.0-inch bypass, Eibach springs, Meziere Enterprises sway bar
STEERING: Howe Performance hydraulic rack, custom slider assembly and tie rods
TIRES/WHEELS: 37x12.50R17LT BF Goodrich Baja T/A KR/17x9 Method Truck bead locks
INTERIOR: Recaro Profi SPA seats, Schroth Racing five-point harnesses

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