We are all so familiar with the Bilstein damper as an original equipment component in our road cars but can not have failed to notice the famous blue and yellow livery of on some of the most famous race cars of all time. The pedigree is based on decades of racing success and the Tuning and Motorsport Show at Essen is a perfect opportunity for the engineers and racers from Bilstein to showcase some of the latest developments to the dyed in the wool race fans. Bilstein will have a mouth watering array of race and drift machinery on their stand in Hall 3.0, booth B125
The highlight of the show for Bilstein and we guess many of the visitors will be the unique 4D drift simulator at the indoor venue. This will truly challenge the senses of anybody brave enough to sample the awesome and uber realistic driving sensations. Try to imagine a moving platform simulator bombarding your senses with all the G forces of a drift car while your mind is bombarded within the 3D world of an Occulus Rift head set. Then assemble all of this to the choreography of “The Drift Brothers” and the only advice we could offer is to come early!
If the raucus tail-out antics of the drift scene is not really your flavour then perhaps the pure engineering beauty of the M135i race cars by “Lightweight” might catch your eye. An absolute tour-de-force in race car engineering they rely on the expertise of the race division of Bilstein and the Ennepetal factory for the four corners of this car and show the versatility of the race division of Bilstein. On the race car theme and to prove the credentials of Bilstein’s race development team we will show the awesome Corvette C7 which this year replaces the Z06, a car which was supreme so often in the GT3 class of the ever popular ADAC GT Masters series.
If this wasn’t enough to sort your racing addiction then Bilstein’s long time partners Black Falcon Racing might just do the trick. Their brand new Porsche 911 (991) GT3 RS race car is sure to be a familiar site around the famous Nurburgring’s “Green Hell” North Loop. Black Falcon are world famous for their endurance car preparation based on their record since 2006. Celebrating no less than ten years of cooperation with the Ennepetal based Bilstein race engineers, Black Falcon will brand a limited edition clubsport coilover suspension package for the GT3 RS for 2016.
A range of the latest dampers will be on show including Bilstein’s 4-way adjustable MDS motorsport suspension from the Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE. The car which was used in the GTE-Pro and Am classes in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) 2014 and 2015, bears ample witness to BILSTEIN’s motorsport expertise which reaches back over more than fifty years. This latest tech with independent damping force adjustment in one rebound and three compression stages, the 4-way version of the Modular Damping System (MDS) offers an even wider range of setting options for successful motorsport.
In addition to the BILSTEIN B4 OE replacement and the classic BILSTEIN B6 high-performance shock absorbers, the show in Essen would not be complete without the BILSTEIN B12 sport suspension units, which are distinguished by their particularly precise road and track response. With a chassis lowering range of 30 to 50 millimetres on the front and rear axles, the BILSTEIN B14 coilover suspension enables optimum adjustment. The ten-stage damping force adjustment system of the BILSTEIN B16 coilover suspension, which is set in parallel by means of an adjustment wheel in a rebound and compression stage after installation, offers plenty of room for individuality. BILSTEIN is also showing what’s available off the road with the BILSTEIN B8-5100 shock absorber application. The Special Customer Request (KSW) department is also demonstrating its skills with restored BILSTEIN B6 shocks for the Alfa Giulia Type 105.
OTTO’s long standing relationship with Bilstein has a lot to do with our fascination with things both technical and fast. We have spent time with the Ennepetal engineers at their factory and at the Nürburgring and can without hesitation suggest a visit to Essen will be worth the trip. Follow the button-link below to check out suspension options for your car at our on line shop.