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Supreme Springs at the Dakar Rally

Supreme Springs at the Dakar Rally


Toyota South Africa made history this year by achieving 3rd place at the 2012 Dakar rally. The Dakar Rally is regarded as the toughest rally in the world. The Rally started off in the Argentine coastal resort city of Mar del Plata on January the 1st and finished in Lima, the capital city of Peru, on January the 15th after passing through Chile.

The Dakar rally was contested by 465 cars, trucks, motorcycles and quads which competed over 14 special stages totaling 4 200km and a total distance close to 9 000 km.

Through the Toyota ‘buy local’ marketing campaign, Supreme Spring, amongst others, had the opportunity to design and build key components for the suspension and drive train, specifically made for the Imperial Toyota Team vehicle. The Supreme Team consisted of Colin Ellison, Technical Director at Supreme Spring, (also an avid racing driver himself) and his Engineering team.

Supreme Spring was extremely excited to be part of and to have been able to contribute to the proudly South African composition of the Dakar Team. The Product Development team at Supreme Spring worked rigorously to meet the tight deadlines set and the unique and extremely difficult performance requirements that were to be expected of the components in the race. Supreme Spring would like to thank the staff on the Torsion Bar, Cold Coil and CNC Machining lines as well as our heat treatment expert and the ATE team for their contribution. Supreme Spring is proud to have been considered Specialist Official Supplier and Technical Partner and greatly acknowledges the opportunity Toyota Motorsport afforded us to be part of their Proudly South Team in the quest for victory with a podium finish.

R. Amlima

Sales & Marketing

Supreme Spring (A division of Metair Investments Limited)

Source: 3D-Car-Shows, Toyota Motor Sport

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