Riding in a basic flight case, the Analog Way NeXtage 16 took to the road for a 15-day race, including 3,500km driven in the Moroccan desert. For the 23rd edition of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles Morocco, Analog Way sponsored team 222, which entered the competition with a NeXtage 16 unit on board. During the race between Paris, France, and the Moroccan desert, the Analog Way team tested the ruggedness of the new LiveCore platform under extreme transport conditions.
The Rallye AÏcha des Gazelles Morocco is an automobile competition for women only. Completely off-road and without GPS, the rally is based on old-fashioned navigation. The objective of the racing teams is to perform the different trials with the most accurate course.
On March 16, 2013, about 150 teams and 30 nationalities were present on the starting line. Among them, team 222 sponsored by Analog Way left from the foot of the Eiffel Tower with a NeXtage 16 in its vehicle, a new high-end AV processor based on the LiveCoreTM platform.
Riding in a basic flight case, the NeXtage 16 took to the road for a 15-day race, including 3,500km (approximately 2,175 miles) driven in the Moroccan desert.
"Beyond the incredible adventure and the values of solidarity displayed in the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles Morocco, the race was a great opportunity to thoroughly test the durability of our new platform,” said Franck Facon, marketing and communications director at Analog Way. “The design of the LiveCore platform was carefully conceived to ensure maximum reliability even in the worst conditions."
With no other protection than a basic flight case, the NeXtage 16 was transported in the trunk of the Analog Way team's truck in tough conditions, enduring vibrations, bumps, dust, etc.
After six days of trials in Morocco, the Analog Way team came back to Paris in early April, ending a journey of more than 6,500km (4,000 miles). The NeXtage 16 was then returned to Analog Way's headquarters where the unit was submitted to a series of tests. The product was switched on normally. It was then controlled through the TFT screen on its front panel, and also from a PC through its Web-based Remote Control Software. All tests were successful, proving the ruggedness and reliability of the LiveCore platform.
"In addition to other series of tests we did in laboratories, the two weeks of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles Morocco demonstrated the solidity of our new generation of mixers,” Facon said. “The work done on the selection of components, the mechanical design, and the assembly processes have proved their worth during this demanding race."