Bott making life easier for Hyundai NZ rally team

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Words: Robert Barry   |   Photos Geoff Ridder
15 Aug 2018

German vehicle storage systems manufacturer Bott may not be a Kiwi household name like WRC driver Hayden Paddon, but it’s bespoke vehicle fit-out is making life easier for the Hyundai New Zealand rally team.

Bott is headquartered in Germany with operations throughout Europe and its van racking and ute drawer product have been available in New Zealand through Fully Equipped for more than 12 months.

As a supplier to Hyundai Motorsport, Paddon is very familiar with the Bott range of equipment. Bott can provide racking to suit every budget and type of commercial vehicle be it a truck, ute or van. The racking is manufactured in Australia so there is a quick turnaround on parts.

“In the world rally championship all of our service trucks and corporate centres are fitted out with Bott gear and it is amazing stuff,” says Paddon.

The connections between Hyundai Motorsport and Bott date back to 2012 when the Aleznau workshop facility in Germany was established to develop the i20 for the World Rally Championship.

Paddon and his New Zealand-based rally team had previously used Hyundai iLoad vans as support vehicles, but for this domestic rally season they decided to obtain a second hand medium-duty truck from the United Kingdom and modify it to suit their requirements.

“We needed a custom fit-out for the rally truck and the Bott engineering team delivered a great bespoke solution, and it only took four weeks from concept to delivery,” says Paddon.

The bespoke Bott fit-out inside the Hyundai New Zealand rally team truck includes drawers, shelves, service cases and even a tyre rack.

“Now every piece of equipment has a dedicated storage space so the guys can be more efficient when it comes to doing their job. It’s all part of building a winning team,” says Paddon.

Through Fully Equipped, Bott offers storage solutions constructed from galvanised steel for strength, durability and long life, it’s primary customer being fleet management organisations.

Bott Storage Systems Australia managing director Craig Beard says all product developed by Bott for mobile applications has been rigorously designed and crash tested to European standards.

Fully Equipped now stock a range of Bott solutions to suit most vans and utes, and there are standard trade packs to suit electricians, plumbers, and service technicians, and product can also be configured for specific applications.

Bott has a long history of supporting motorsport and is proud to continue this tradition in New Zealand with the Hyundai New Zealand rally team truck which will make its next appearance at the Gold Rush Rally of Coromandel beginning August 18 being the fifth round of the 2017/2018 NZ rally championship.

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