TGS Cargo Box

Description of the new TGS cargo box built on 12/09/14

Aiming at lightning the MAN TGS competition truck from Team Oleoban, therefore making it easier to tread on sand, giving more competitiveness to the team, a new cargo box was built. It was designed by Engineer João Sabino and built at Carroçarias Sabino.

Keeping an innovative design, it was planned according to the following vectors for improvement:

  • Weight reduction;
  • Strengthening the chassis;
  • Functionality;
  • Aerodynamic performance.

To reduce the weight there was a selection of materials which are compatible with the sort of mission our vehicle is intended to, putting high resilience steel in places where there is higher structural effort and strain. To define the outside shape, the option was for light material based on structural aluminium and panels from composite materials.

The structuring part of the cargo box is particularly different from the previous version.

A conventional truck is designed to maximize its cargo hold, however our development team has been changing our TGS with the aim of turning it into a cross-country competition vehicle.

Instead of a conventional superstructure with the traditional over-chassis in the shape of a “Ladder”, made up of longitudinal frame bars, beams and structuring arches, a tubular latticed structure was designed. This new idea made it possible to completely let the traditional structure go and to substantially increase the twisting rigidity of the vehicle. Giving a general example, the ratio between this figure in a family vehicle and a competition vehicle is up to 25 times higher.

In general all the materials have a definite resilience capability which, in iron metal, is largely explored – the reason why it is considered excellent for manufacturing springs. However, this behavior may be considered disadvantageous, particularly for the work we have been doing for some time with APV – the firm which has been making the shock absorbers. Basically, by increasing the chassis rigidity, the free movements of the said chassis will be reduced, therefore delineating the operational limit of the sets of suspensions made up of springs and shock absorbers.

In what concerns functionality, the new box received a generously sized door on each side. All the equipment we need inside has been positioned in a way that makes it accessible from ground level but at the same time the centre of gravity from the whole is lowered and the weight of the components carried in the back is more concentrated.

At the back, cradles were built to fasten the spare tyres, so that it will be easy to remove them quickly. In turn, placing the tyres in that way influenced the shape of the rear door. However, this meant that the rear height could not be so significantly reduced by comparison with the previous cargo box.

Trusting the levels of reliability we have managed to obtain from our MAN, due to the excellent predictive and preventive maintenance work that has been done, the amount of spare parts carried inside the truck has been reduced, therefore diminishing its weight as well.

Of course inside we still carry some parts, tools, spare tyres and the always needed shovels, slabs to pull out of holes and hydraulic and pneumatic jacks.

At aerodynamic level, the idea was to reduce the parasitic resistance induced by the connection between the cabin and the cargo box and also by abrupt geometry change, a factor associated with undesired vortices (air swirls). As previously mentioned, the aim was also to lower the height at the back, giving the whole a more fusiform shape. However, functional restrictions limited the reduction to simply 150mm by comparison with the previous box, and now it has 350mm less height than the front. Given the good results obtained with the previous shape, the creation of a depression at the rear was raised, therefore reducing the wake created by the moving air. Though from a technical point of view all this may seem very complicated, in simple terms it means that less energy is transmitted to the air, less fuel is consumed or, putting it another way, the truck moves better on track, which is what one really expects from a competition truck!

MAN TGS

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MAN TGS 18.480 4×4

This is a vehicle which was originally planned for transporting goods; it has 18 tonnes gross weight, and it is particularly adapted to cross-country situations such as work in quarries, building and military logistics.
It was adapted to competition by German builder MAN, and presented as a prototype at the 2007 Dakar.

With permanent four-wheel driving, its engine has six cylinders in line, with 12 419cc. Its power is around 550 horsepower at 1900 rpm, and its binary, of 2500 Nm from 1200 rpm to 1800 rpm. It has electronic injection of Common-rail type. Refrigerated with water, it has an air radiator of significant size, therefore permitting good cooling of the entered air. Its gear box is of ZF brand, with eight exchanges and eight half exchanges, with the change of H by lever. Its autonomy varies according to the sort of ground, but is limited by the presence of two diesel tanks, each with a capacity for 420 litres.

It is equipped with Michelin tyres, and their pressure is controlled by a system of automatic filling commanded from inside the cabin.

When ready for a race, this truck weighs approximately ten thousand six hundred kilos, with about 60% of these concentrated at the front. This difference in weight is compensated by a good suspension system made up of parabolic springs with three sheets and a set of two shock-absorbers by wheel from APV brand. These shock-absorbers were developed by Rui Moreira, with the aim to resist to occasional very high tension, and they have shafts, tops and caps capable to withstand the sudden sideways movements which may occur at the wheels axle. Though they are not industrially produced, they include technical aspects which are innovative and the team is experimenting them. Another feature they have is that they are entirely made in Portugal.

The truck has now an aspect more suited for the sport because it acquired a cargo box, also made in Portugal, by Fábrica de Carroçarias Sabino. It was planned by Tiago Girão (industrial designer) and João Sabino (mechanical engineer), who worked as a team, though each one in his speciality, bearing in mind that the main purpose was to obtain better aerodynamic results than with the original design, but considering some irreverence in relation to the image given by a conventional cargo box. It was built with materials of high mechanical performance, and the result was a lighter structure than usual. At the building level, high-tech production systems were used, of which one may mention CAD/CAM, application of high performing structural tapes and laser cut for many of the constitutive parts. Inside, it carries spare tyres, tools, all sorts of spare parts to solve any mechanical problem that may arise during a stage of the race.

The weight distribution and the high centre of gravity will make it more difficult to drive, namely over dunes, but the great engine capacity is bound to minimize that fact.

 

Elisabete Jacinto promove co-drive em Coruche

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Team Bio-Ritmo / MAN

Elisabete Jacinto reuniu na herdade Monte das Gamas em Coruche, nos dias 3, 4 e 5 de Novembro vários convidados (imprensa, patrocinadores e amigos) a fim de lhes proporcionar um contacto próximo com a última evolução do MAN TGS de competição. Esta iniciativa teve por objectivo dar a conhecer as mais recentes alterações técnicas do camião de competição assim como a nova imagem da equipa.
O MAN TGS foi recentemente equipado com um motor de 830 CV, um novo set de amortecedores de suspensão e um duplo amortecedor de direção. A piloto acredita poder vencer assim mais facilmente as dificuldades nas transposição das difíceis zonas de areia na Mauritânia e impor um ritmo de condução mais elevado. “Se tudo correr bem será um bocadinho mais fácil a luta por uma boa classificação nas provas” declara a piloto.
Para além disso, a equipa apresenta um nova imagem tendo a marca Bio-Ritmo® como principal patrocinador. O vermelho é agora a sua cor dominante. O Bio-Ritmo® é um suplemento alimentar produzido pelo laboratório português MEDINFAR que tem por objectivo contribuir para a melhoria da condição física e psíquica de todos aqueles que têm uma vida muito ativa. Ajuda a melhorar o bem estar, dá energia diminuindo o cansaço e ajuda a manter-se ativo.
equipa_bio_ritmo_co-drive02Os convidados deste Co-Drive puderam assim viver a experiência de efetuar um pequeno percurso ao lado da piloto ficando a conhecer um pouco o ambiente vivido por Elisabete Jacinto, José Marques e Marco Cochinho durante os ralis. “ ” comentou a piloto Portuguesa.

O Africa Eco Race 2017, que se inicia em Dezembro no Mónaco e termina em Janeiro em Dakar, no Senegal, será a primeira prova do calendário desportivo dos portugueses que também vão participar em 2017 no Marocco Desert Challenge e no Rali Oilibya du Maroc.

Elisabete Jacinto representa nova marca

equipa_bio_ritmo_apre_02Elisabete Jacinto, a conhecida piloto de todo-o-terreno, vai associar-se à marca RIO-RITMO®, um produto do Laboratório MEDINFAR, existente no mercado desde 2007.
Esta piloto continua a ser a única mulher a nível mundial a participar nas grandes maratonas africanas em camião e a destacar-se pelos seus excelentes resultados desportivos. Ambiciosa e lutadora, Elisabete Jacinto tem como principal objectivo vencer as provas em que participa ao volante do seu MAN TGS: “Sei que o meu sonho não é fácil de realizar mas também sei que não há sonhos impossíveis. Esta é a minha meta e é para ela que trabalho!” afirma.
equipa_bio_ritmo_apre_01Independentemente das dificuldades, Elisabete Jacinto parece não conhecer barreiras e continua a surpreender pela sua capacidade de superação e de ultrapassar situações difíceis. No entanto, a piloto é apenas um exemplo entre tantas pessoas que no seu dia-a-dia, com trabalhos física e mentalmente exigentes, buscam a superação com vista a obter sucesso.
Esta foi a razão pela qual o Laboratório MEDINFAR® decidiu lançar o desafio à piloto no sentido de esta se associar à marca BIO-RITMO®, suplemento indicado para melhorar o bem-estar, dar energia, diminuir o cansaço e o stress do dia-a-dia. Elisabete Jacinto aceitou o repto e torna-se assim embaixadora da marca pois ela própria reproduz os princípios do produto: energia, vigor e vitalidade.

Hélder Anjos – Introduction

Assistance mechanic

Since 2001 he dedicates his life to trucks mechanics, which gives him professional satisfaction.

He played football for Clube de Futebol do Carregado, but now he dedicates his leisure time to his dog “Pit”, training it.

The first time he took part in a motor competition was as assistance mechanic in Oleoban/MAN Portugal team for the 2007 Guy Hoquet rally in Morocco. He repeats the experience at the 2008 AMV Shamrock rally, also in Morocco. His mechanical knowledge and his interest in the races tie him definitely to the team, and he is now responsible for the maintenance of the racing truck during the competitions.

Sérgio Cardoso – Introduction

Sérgio Cardoso – Assistance Pilot

Sérgio Cardoso, a lover of motorcycles from an early age, has dedicated his professional activity to the road transport of goods, in its most varied aspects.
He holds the Professional Capacity Certificate – Merchandise Transport Manager and drives various types of vehicles.
Since 2016 he has also been driving service trucks in Bajas and in the most varied rallies and raids.
He joined the Bio-Ritmo Team in 2018 leading the service truck.

As a hobby he enjoys traveling, fishing, visiting theme parks and snowboarding.

Jorge Gil – Introduction

Team Manager

He was an undergraduate in Economy, has a degree in Geography and worked as commercial manager.

At first, motorcycle cross-country was a hobby started in 1987. He took part in competitive races, besides innumerable pleasure rides, but his personal emotional relationship with the driver Elisabete Jacinto soon made him leave the competitions and assume the management of this driver’s team, which he has been doing since 1992.

Beyond managing the team and taking care of all its logistics, he also learned the secrets of assistance mechanics and was responsible for assisting Elisabete Jacinto’s motorbike during World Cup competitions between 1998 and 2001, as well as for assisting the driver Mário Brás during the 2000 Dakar rally and the driver Pedro Machado in 2001.

Besides photography, a hobby he has since 1976, he is also an enthusiast of recreational diving.

Marco Cochinho – SPORTS RÉSUMÉ

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Marco Cochinho

Date of birth: 24th December 1980

Marital Status: Married

Place of birth: Lisbon

Living in: Alenquer

Job Description:

Truck engine mechanic

Activities:

1996 – Light Contact National Champion

1997 – Light Contact National Champion

1998 – Light Contact National Champion

1999 – Thai-Boxing Runner-Up in the World Championship

2000 – Thai-Boxing Runner-Up in the European Championship

2007
Assistant Mechanic in the Trifene 200/MAN Portugal team  Euromilhões Lisboa-Dakar Rally (MAN M2000)
Assistant Mechanic in the Trifene 200/MAN Portugal team  Optic Tunisie 2000 Rally (MAN M2000)
Mechanic for competitions by the Trifene 200/MAN Portugal team in the Guy Hoquet Rally in Morocco – 1st place in General Classification

2008
Elisabete Jacinto’s assistant mechanic in the Aïcha des Gazelles Rally (Morocco)
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® /MAN Portugal team in the Rallye Tunisie (Tunisia) – runner-up
Took part in the Rallye AMV Shamrock

2009
Took part in the Dakar Argentina-Chile
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® /MAN Portugal team in the Shamrock Rally (Morocco) – Runner-up

2010
Took part in the Africa Race Rally (in MAN TGS)Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® /MAN Portugal team in the Tunisian Rally: – 1st place in the Trucks General Classification (in MAN TGS) and 8th in the Car/Truck General Classification
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® /MAN Portugal team in the Moroccan Rally – 1st in the Trucks General Classification (in MAN TGS) e 11th in the Car/Truck General Classification

2011
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® /MAN Portugal team in the Africa Eco Race Rally – 2nd place in the Trucks General Classification (MAN TGS) e 7th place in the Car/Truck General Classification
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® /MAN Portugal team in the Tunisian Rally: – 1st place in the Trucks General Classification (MAN TGS) and 8th in the Car/Truck General Classification
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® /MAN Portugal team in the Moroccan Rally: – 3rd place in the Trucks General Classification (MAN TGS) and 15th in the Car/Truck Classification

2012
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® /MAN Portugal team in the Africa Eco Race Rally: – 2nd place in the Trucks General Classification (MAN TGS) and 4th in the Car/Truck General Classification
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® /MAN Portugal team in the Moroccan Rally: – 3rd place in the Trucks General Classification (MAN TGS) and 13th in the Car/Truck Classification

2013
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® team in the Africa Eco Race Rally: 3rd place in the Trucks General Classification (in MAN TGS)
7th place in the Car/Truck General Classification
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® team in the Baja Aragón 2013: 2nd place in the Trucks Classification
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® team in the Moroccan Rally: 1st place in the Trucks General Classification
17th place in Car/Truck Classification

2014
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® team in the Africa Eco Race Rally: 3rd place in the Trucks General Classification (in MAN TGS)
7th place in the Car/Truck General Classification
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® team in the Moroccan Rally: 4th place in the Trucks General Classification
10th place in Car/Truck Classification

2015
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® team in the Africa Eco Race Rally: 4th place in the Truck General Classification (in MAN TGS) 11th place in the Car/Truck General Classification
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® team in the Moroccan Rally: 12th Place in the Truck General Classification
24th place in the Car/Truck Classification

2016
Mechanic for competitions by the OLEOBAN® team in the Africa Eco Race Rally: 3rd place in the Truck General Classification (in MAN TGS) 14th place in the Car/Truck General Classification
Took Part in the Libyan Rally

2017
Took Part in the Africa Eco Race Rally
Mechanic for competitions by the Bio-Ritmo® team in the Morocco Desert Challenge Rally:
3rd Place in the Truck Class Classification
Took Part in the Oilibya du Maroc Rally

2018
Took Part in the Africa Eco Race Rally
Mechanic for competitions by the Bio-Ritmo® team in the Morocco Desert Challenge Rally:
7th Place in the Truck Class Classification

2019
Mechanic for competitions by the Bio-Ritmo® team in the Africa Eco Race Rally: 1st place in the Truck General Classification (in MAN TGS), 5th place in the Car/Truck General Classification

José Marques – Curriculum

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José Marques – SPORTS RÉSUMÉ

Date of Birth: 12-08-1965

Place of Birth: Vila Real

Nationality: Portuguese

1st Participation in a Cross Country Rally: Baja Serra de Monchique 2000

Cross Country Rally’s: 130

 

Most important competitions:

 

Cross Country Portuguese National Championship in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018; Baja Spain Aragon 2001, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018; Rally of Morocco 2005, 2006, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2017; Pharaons Rally 2005; Montes de Cuenca Rally 2005, 2006 and 2007; Lisbon Dakar Rally 2006; Transibérico Rally 2008; Dakar Series Pax Rally 2008; Argentina Chile 2099 Dakar Rally; Estoril Marrakech TT Rally 2010; Africa Eco Race 2011; 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018; Baja Portalegre 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017; Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2015, Libya Rally 2016, Baja de Italia 2016, Morocco Desert Challenge 2017 e 2018.

Best results:

2000
Baja Portalegre – 10th overall / 3rd diesel

2001
Baja Spain Aragon – 19th overall / 5th Portuguese team

 2002
Rally TT Casa Pessoal da RTP – 8th overall

Baja Serra de Monchique – 5th overall

2003
Rally TT Serras do Norte – 4th overall / 1st private team

Baja Serra de Monchique – 5th overall

Rally TT Castelo Branco – 7th overall

2004
Baja Terras d’el Rei – 6th overall

Rally TT Serras do Norte – 8th overhall

Rally TT Montes Alentejanos – 3rd overall

Rally TT Segafredo Zanetti – 10th overhall

Baja Portalegre – 8th overall

2005
Rally TT Castelo Branco – 8th overall

Rally TT Montes Alentejanos – 7th overall

Montes de Cuenca Rally – 10th overall

2006
Baja Terras d’el Rei – 3rd overall

Baja Serra de Monchique – 4th overall

2007
Baja Terras d’el Rei – 6th overall

Rally TT Esporão – 7th overall

Transibérico Rally – 6th overall / 2nd Portuguese team

2008
Transibérico Rally – 4th overall / 1st private team / 2nd Portuguese team

Dakar Series Pax Rally – 18th overall / 4th Portuguese team

2009
Argentina Chile Dakar Rally – 80th overall

Baja Portalegre – 10th overall

2010
Ervideira Rally TT – 3rd overall / 1st T8

2011
Africa Eco Race Rally – 2nd truck / 6th overall

2012
Africa Eco Race Rally – 2nd truck / 4th overall. Overall winner of the 9th Stage

Ervideira Rally TT – 2nd overall

Baja Spain Aragon – 2nd truck

Rally of Morocco – 3rd truck / 13th overall

2013
Africa Eco Race Rally – 3rd truck / 7th overall

Baja Spain Aragon – 2nd truck

Rally of Morocco – 1st truck / 17º overall

2014
Africa Eco Race Rally – 3rd truck / 7th overall

Baja TT Rota do Douro – 4th overall

Rally of Morocco – 4th truck / 10th overall

2015
Africa Eco Race Rally – 4th truck / 11th overall

Baja de Loulé – 3rd overall

Baja Spain Aragon – 7th overall

2016
Africa Eco Race – 3rd truck / 14th overall

Baja de Reguengos – 2nd overall

Baja de Idanha-a-Nova – 2nd overall

Baja de Portalegre – 4th overall

2017
Morocco Desert Challenge – 3rd truck / 5th overall

Baja de Loulé – 4th overall

Baja TT do Pinhal – 1st overall

2018
Baja TT de Loulé – 1st overall

Baja TT de Reguengos – 3rd overall

Baja TT da Extremadura – 1st overall

Baja TT de Idanha – 1st overall

Winner of the Iberian Cross Country Cup

2019
Africa Eco Race Rally – 1st truck / 5th overall

Drivers: Messias Ferreira, João Cruz, António Baião, Ricardo Oliveira, Pedro Gameiro, Vítor Mendes, Hélder Oliveira, Madalena Antas, Nelson Clemente, Alexandra Gameiro, José Mendes, Victor Figueiredo, Alejandro Martins, Martine Pereira, Paulo Sousa, Rui Marques, Elisabete Jacinto, Maria Luís, João Belo and Sheik Khalid Al Qassimi.

Cars: Nissan Pickup V6, Nissan Terrano II 3.0 TD, Nissan Terrano II V6, Suzuki Jimny, Nissan Patrol GR, Toyota Land Cruiser T2, Nissan Patrol GR V8, Hyundai Santa Fé, Nissan Pickup Proto, Toyota Land Cruiser T1, Opel Astra Proto, Nissan Pathfinder T1, Isuzu Pickup Rodeo T2, Toyota Land Cruiser Prado T2, Nissan Pickup 03, Mitsubishi Pajero Evo, MAN TGS 18.345, Nissan Pickup 06, Toyota Hilux Overdrive OTB, Opel Depieres Proto, Toyota Hilux Overdrive IRS and Toyota Hilux Overdrive RCF.

Teams: MRacing, Prolama, Cimpomotor, Racing Team Santinho Mendes, Promotech, Team Motivo, Padock Competições, Nissan Tecnosport Italia, Toyota France, Team OLEOBAN, Nuno Matos Proto Team, Team Bio-Ritmo/MAN Potugal and Overdrive.