Netherlands-based trailer manufacturer, Van Eck, has delivered two Eckstreme series Twindeck trailers to GP Elite.
GP Elite Van Eck twindeck trailers were especially engineered for GP Elite with custom double deck height to accommodate GP Elite’s racing car transportation needs as well as an office.
GP Elite is a specialised company that acts as a total supplier in motor sports and allows its clients to participate in motor sports competitions and sometimes also takes part in them itself. Two double-deck trailers from Van Eck were recently purchased for the company’s extensive, fine- grained logistics, which operates throughout Europe.
GP Elite supports no less than five Porsche touring car competitions resulting in GP Elite’s trailers being used throughout the year. In addition to the competitions, GP Elite also supports incentives and related motorsport activities and has extensive opportunities to prepare its own racing cars and to do this also at the tracks where GP Elite has to put in an appearance.
GP Elite got in touch with Van Eck because the company was looking for a racing trailer that was more versatile than the equipment it had been working with so far.
“We understood that the double-deck concept could be something for us. But then it had to be changed a bit,” said Robert van Teijlingen of GP Elite.
“We would prefer to have the second loading floor built in a little higher,” said Torsten van Haasteren of GP Elite.
“This would allow us to use the first floor as an office, naturally equipped with sufficient lighting, air conditioning and power points that are part and parcel of an office. The top floor would be a lot lower, at over 1.5m. That’s not a problem, because we can always put three racing cars up there.”
As a result of its extensive experience since 2003 in Twindeck trailers and unparalleled expertise, Van Eck turned out to be able to respond to this effortlessly, but that didn’t finish the trailer.
GP Elite wanted an access door on the side, so that it would be easy to enter the office. Furthermore, storage spaces were created above the kingpin, which are easily accessible from the outside. These are some of the many details that characterise these custom-built trailers. The wheels are rigidly suspended and are covered with a protective plate. However, this is ventilated so that the undercarriage never gets too hot. The trailer is equipped with a high tailgate that covers a robust tailgate with which the Porsches can be safely unloaded from the upper deck. That upper deck is designed to hold three race cars in a row. They are secured by means of a special rail developed by Van Eck, in which lashing eyes are fixed at the ideal place to secure the racing cars safely and responsibly.
The trailers are going to get a lot of mileage out of them. As GP Elite is active in five competitions, the trailers will be on a different circuit somewhere in Europe every weekend during the coming summer.