Nov 28, 2020
The whole team at Glickenhaus loves a seemingly impossible challenge, and for our Boots we set the following goals: to race the Baja 1000 with a clean race with no mechanical problems, and to run 44% faster year over year.
Our team knew the limiting factor in last year’s Baja 1000 was the fact that we kept bottoming out in the front and the rear, which cracked the rear shock mount last year, and focused on five improvements to solve this problem. First, we changed the design of the nose of the car to have a steeper approach angle, and no front bumper. This allowed us to approach steeper angles and deeper ruts without damaging the front. Second, we cut several hundred pounds of the Boot by removing the front winch, the front fenders, front bumper, etc. Third, we focused on fine tuning our shock set up front and rear. We tested all these changes with larger tires, moving from 37-inch BFGoodrich race tires to 40-inch BFGoodrich race tires. We had been testing 39-inch tires on road boots all year, both on and off road, and we knew that the chassis, suspension, drivetrain were strong enough. Finally, we reinforced the rear shock mounts that developed minor cracks in last year’s Baja 1000.
After months of work, we rolled out our improved Boot and tested for two days in California and Mexico, and we knew we were in a position to achieve our goals.
Even during the race the drivers, co-drivers, and crew were making notes on improvements to make to the Boots. We are already planning on next year’s race with a factory 2-door, a factory 4-door, and a customer race Boot.
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