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In a new car, Baumgart brothers go hunting in the Sertões

De carro novo, irmãos Baumgart vão à caça no Sertões

The brothers Cristian and Marcos Baumgart promise to go hunting in the Sertões 2020, which starts in Mogi Guaçu (SP) on the 30th and will cross the country for about five thousand kilometers until they arrive in Barreirinhas, in the Lençóis Maranhenses region. There will be eight days of competition across five states plus the Federal District - the cities have not been revealed, as the race caravan will be isolated in “bubbles” to avoid any contact and contagion by the new coronavirus.

And to go hunting, the fastest brothers in the Brazilian rally will have new weapons at their disposal: the Toyota Hilux IMA prepared by the Belgian company Overdrive, replacing the Ford Ranger built by NWM Motorsport. In their first contact with Toyota, at the end of September, Cristian Baumgart and navigator Beco Andreotti won the Baja Capital dos Vinhos, in Portugal, while Marcos Baumgart and Kleber Cincea finished on the podium in third place.

It is the same model with which Fernando Alonso competed in the 2020 Dakar and brings several updates in relation to the model with which the catari Nasser Al-Attyiah won the Dakar in the previous year. The bolide features a 5.0 V8 engine with a central position and 390 horsepower, in addition to a six-speed Sadev sequential transmission.

“A different year requires something different. We came with news, because with each passing year the Sertões becomes more difficult and the competitors come even more prepared. We have nine, ten drivers with a chance of winning the title and several of them have already won the Sertões. So, this year they are the hunt and we are the hunters ”, highlighted Marcos Baumgart, three-time Brazilian champion and South American rally champion Cross Country.

Marcos’ co-drive Kleber Cincea shares the expectations of its cockpit partner. “The expectation is always to fight for the victory, and this time we have a new car. We are optimistic, we did our homework, we prepared in Portugal and we are going full strength. Of course, Sertões is very difficult and with very strong competition, but we will do our best all the time ”, he said.

Although the title among cars in 2019 had a car built by the X Rally Team, the taste was not the most pleasant. When they were looking for the fourth consecutive championship of the race, Cristian Baumgart and Beco Andreotti had a minor accident on the sixth of the eight days of the race and, despite having returned to the race, they lost the lead to Lucas Moraes and Kaique Bentivoglio. After three consecutive years winning, Cristian and Beco took the runner-up spot.

“Whoever wins Sertões win because they deserved it, so there is no demerit in last years winners, who did an excellent job and took everything out of the car we built. Of course it was something that went down with a slightly bitter taste down the throat, and that is why we reinforced our preparation for 2020 ”, said Cristian. “It will be different, at a different time, and I think we will have more heat and more humidity. Competition will be very tight, and this will make Sertões 2020 a fantastic competition. As for new cars, we adapted well and quickly when we raced in Portugal. The cars came to Brazil, we set up, we did a brief training and now everything is ready to start the fight ”, he concluded.

“The Toyota proved to be very strong, fast and reliable. And after big names in the world rally, it is now our turn to accelerate these machines. The level of competitors is increasingly high - last years result proved this - and we need to keep up with this trend. We are looking to bring that title back to our team”,said navigator Beco Andreotti, who forms alongside Cristian one of the longest-running pairs in the history of the world rally, with 20 years of partnership.

TECHNICAL DETAILS TOYOTA OVERDRIVE

ENGINE

8 Cylinder 

Lexux RCF 5L V8 inside cockpit 

 

Capacity

5000 cc 

 

Performance

390HP, 590Nm in 37mm

 

Top speed 

approx. 195 km/h 

 

 Direct inj.

New spec

TRANSMISSION

Gearbox

Sadev 6 speed sequential

 

Clutch

AP Racing Sinter metallic 

 

Differentials

Gemini Overdrive/Hallspeed

 

 

 

BODY

Tubular Chassis 

Overdrive/Hallspeed last spec

 

Carbon-Kevlar body 

Overdrive

BRAKE SYSTEM 

Front 

Power brake 6 Piston water cooling

 

Rear

Power brake 6 Piston water cooling

 

 

 

TYRES

4 Rims 

Evo Corse

 

4 Tires 

Michelin with sensor

 

SPARE WHEELS 

Evo Corse/ BF Goodrich 

SUSPENSION

Front

Independent from Suspension with 280 mm travel and BOS Dampers.

 

Rear

Independent rear suspension with 280mm travel and BOS Dampers

MEASUREMENTS

Length

4800 mm 

 

Width

2000 mm 

 

Height

1750 mm 

 

Empty weight 

approx. 1850 kg (FIA Minimum)

 

Wheel base 

2900 mm 

 

Track width 

1815 mm 

SEATS

FIA Norm 

2 recaro spg

TRIPMASTER

Standard

Easytrip

FIRE-EXTINGUIHSING SYSTEM 

FIA Norm

FEV

TANK

FT3 Safety tank 

Fuel capacity 500 litre 

ONBOARD

JACK SYSTEM

Hydraulic onboard

Overdrive/Hallspeed

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