HBM - a market leader in the field of test and measurement - is delighted to be on board the Volkswagen Touareg vehicle, which is being used for the latest Cape-to-Cape 2.0 world record driving attempt of Africa to Europe in ten days.

Following two successful world-setting drives, Rainer Zietlow and his team will once again attempt a new world record of driving from South Africa to North Cape in Norway - a route of more than 106,000 miles, which will lead them through 21 countries.

The SomatXR data recorder from HBM, which is built into the Volkswagen Touareg for the Cape-to-Cape challenge, will record measured quantities, such as temperature and acceleration and data from different HBM strain gauges installed at various points on the axel and wheels. This measurement setup will provide technicians on the Cape-to-Cape 2.0 team valuable access to information about material stress and loading on critical components.

Suitable for the demands of the tour, the rugged SomatXR data recorder offers reliable recording of measured data, under extreme conditions, such as very low and very high temperatures, shocks and vibrations. Hermitically sealed, the data recorder is impervious to desert dust, humidity and other external influences which may affect performance.

Finn Lange, Product Manager at HBM, explains: "The SomatXR can play fully to its strengths in the Cape-to-Cape 2.0 car. The system is ultra-rugged and if necessary, measurement data can be read from any point on earth with internet access."

"Team Zietlow" completed the trip in the opposite direction last year, from north to south, making it from Cape to Cape in 21 days - including an extended repair stop following an accident. This year, the goal is to beat that record with Cape-to-Cape 2.0.

For further information, contact HBM on +44 (0) 20 8515 6000 or via email: info@uk.hbm.co.uk or visit the HBM website at http://www.hbm.com/en/

Founded in Germany in 1950, HBM is today the technology and market leader in the field of test and measurement. HBM's product range comprises solutions for the entire measurement chain, from virtual to physical testing. The company has production facilities in Germany, USA and China and is represented in over 80 countries worldwide.

For further information please contact:

Millbrook Proving Ground, Station Lane, Millbrook. Bedfordshire MK45 2RA UK
Telephone: +44 (0) 1525 304980
Web: www.hbm.com

September 2015

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