Shotgun in the Veyron Vitesse
One of TG mag's finest adventures over the last 20 years: Africa in the mighty Bug'...
Posted: 04 Oct 2013
Our convoy heads off. While Jens drives, I ask him what the work really entails. This is the glamour end of the car business, but even here it's repetitive stuff. Vital, but repetitive. "We come to this part of the world to run tests on the car's temperature management - on the transmission, front and rear differential, engine, brakes. It's a very dusty environment, so we measure how much dust gets drawn into the air filters. Then we can work out how long they'll function before they need to be replaced. We'll run repeated acceleration tests, drive the car fast, then suddenly switch the engine off. Will the pumps be able to cope with it?"
A day in the wild is usually followed by an evening back at base, number-crunching. If the test HQ is too far to drive back to, they'll camp out, though they have to be mindful of snakes and scorpions. In the Northern Cape Territory, Jens remembers, one of his colleagues found himself face-to-face with a yellow cobra, and another disturbed a nest of snake eggs in one of the workshops.