With the 2014 King of the Hammers race week fast approaching, ARB USA is excited to announce an even greater level of support for the world’s most challenging off-road racing event.
First, we are pleased to announce that ARB will be supporting three of the top drivers in the race, all former Kings, and all three will be running ARB’s new RD99CE Ford 9″ Competition Edition Air Locker.
This year’s ARB USA sponsored drivers are:
- Shannon Campbell, 2008 and 2011 King of the Hammers winner
- Jason Scherer, 2009 King of the Hammers winner
- Erik Miller, 2012 King of the Hammers winner
Not Shannon, Jason or Erik? No worries, we will be offering full technical support during the entire week to all racers running ARB products. Look for the ARB race trailer on Warn Way between PAC Springs and Advance Adapters near the “Big Tent”. Make sure you stop by for free decals featuring the new ARB Air Locker logo.
And now for the really exciting stuff… For the first time ever, ARB 4×4 Accessories will be offering a King of the Hammers contingency payout. The King of the Hammers winner will receive $3,000 and the Every Man Challenge modified & stock class winner will receive $500. If you have any questions regarding the 2014 King of the Hammers contingency, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To qualify, you must be running at least one, ARB Air locker, and two ARB 4×4 Accessories logos (no smaller than 7″ in width) plus the new ARB Air Locker logo. We will a have a large supply of ARB and Air Locker decals on hand at our trailer. While you are there, make sure to sign our special Air Locker banner.
Race winners responsible for contacting ARB at email@example.com.
We look forward to another exciting race this year and hope you’ll stop by to visit us in Hammertown.
ARB USA Race Support
FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS, ARB HAS BEEN QUIETLY MOVING FROM A THREE-PIECE AIR LOCKER DESIGN TO A STRONGER TWO-PIECE MODEL WITH SOME HEAVY-HITTING INNOVATIONS INSIDE. FIND OUT WHAT THIS MEANS FOR YOU WHEN YOU NEXT ATTEMPT THAT IMPOSSIBLE OFF ROAD OBSTACLE.
ARB’s original three-piece Air Locker design has proven credentials. Since the 80s, it has constantly evolved and improved to become the mainstay traction aid for off roaders across the globe. At a flick of a switch, you can climb out of mud holes, get a grip in sucking sand and rock crawl with the best of them. ARB Air Lockers have been the silent partners in winning many off road competitions as well, from the King of the Hammers in the US to the Malaysian Rainforest Challenge.
So why change a winning formula?
Daniel Bongard, head of ARB’s Air Locker division, was hired in 2000 to design and implement improvements to a small number of Air Locker models that, while featuring all of the components that have made Air Lockers so reliable, were found to underperform when compared to the rest of the locker range.
But redesigning these models proved difficult, as Bongard explains. “We found that there was a delicate balance in regard to attaining optimal strength. When we increased the strength in one area of the locker, a different area or component was weakened. After four complete design options had been explored and dismissed, we knew it was time for something radical. So we put aside the existing Air Locker design and started from scratch.”
What followed was six months of computer-generated concepts involving an original two-piece design, new components and a unique ‘timed’ gear set that showed exciting improvements in strength, durability and locking speed.
“We’re not talking about improvements in strength of 3 or 4%, which any engineer would be proud of,” Bongard says. “The lab results indicated a phenomenal 40% improvement in static torque strength compared to the equivalent three-piece design. It was huge.”
A further six months was then spent proving and refining the design. This meant destructive testing both in the lab and with prototypes fitted to vehicles driven through obstacle courses and across all types of terrain. “It was all about trying to break the prototypes and improving the design,” Bongard says. “But the two-piece Air Locker came out on top.”
In fact, the two-piece Air Locker was such a leap forward in strength, durability and locking speed that ARB immediately commenced a program to implement the new design across the Air Locker range.