Capable of withstanding the ever-changing climate of the track’s varied geography, which ranged from sea level to more than 3,000 meters (9,750 feet), and from soaring heat waves to torrential rain, the system operated effectively, protecting against liquid ingress, mechanical abrasion and cable strain.
In addition, ABB’s Ty-Rap high performance cable ties provided the perfect fastening solution for the Coronel brothers’ performance. With its high tensile strength and engineered materials, the cable ties are resistant against continuous sunlight, extreme temperatures and flame exposure. The stainless steel locking device also provides maximum protection and with fewer stress points along the cables, and the smoother ribs and stipples prevent wear and slipping caused by vibrations.
“The Dakar Rally is the ultimate endurance race, and it proved to be the perfect platform to demonstrate the sheer durability and versatility of the Harnessflex cable protection range, as well as its ability to routinely perform under pressure,” said Simon Frei, head of the project management team that oversees the ABB Harnessflex line.
“Given the demanding environments the teams and their cars faced during the 9,000 km journey, ensuring key electromechanical power connections were appropriately protected meant the difference between success and failure,” Frei noted. “We were thrilled with the results, and our bespoke system really looked after Tom and Tim during the race and put them in good stead to take on this iconic motorsport challenge. We hear their next challenge is to be the first 100-percent electric drive team to enter and finish the Dakar rally — a mission we’d love to get on board with.”
The grueling 2017 Dakar track started at Asuncion, Paraguay, then thrust hundreds of drivers and motorcycle riders into the mountainous, desert-laced terrain of western Argentina and Bolivia before dropping to sea level for the finish line at Buenos Aires, Argentina. Altogether, the drivers and their vehicles navigated six days of terrain above 3,000 meters, including a series of dunes at more than 3,500 meters (11,375 feet), after crossing the dusty lowland tracks of the Chaco desert.
The Dakar Rally started in 1978 with a 10,000 kilometer (6,200 mile) track from Paris to Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Political instability in Mauritania forced the cancellation of the annual rally in 2008. It has been held in South America every year since then.
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