Vesconite suspension bushes used in Dakar Rally 4×4 vehicle

Argentina – Vesconite Hilube bushings were used as suspension bushings in a modified 4×4 vehicle at the Dakar Rally. The polymer bushings were thoroughly tested prior to the rally. The gruelling 9,000km Dakar Rally is a multi-country South American endurance race through various terrains, including sand dunes, mountains and salt flats. Suspension bushings are considered important in vehicle safety, ride comfort and handling and also align suspension and steering components, paramount in the Dakar, in which vehicles travel at between 100 kph and 200 kph in all kinds of terrain over 15 days. In the Dakar 4×4 vehicle, the bushings were exposed to an oscillating movement with many cycles per minute taking place, and performed much better than the nylon-molybdenum bushings that they replaced.

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