Home' Australian Automotive Aftermarket Magazine : Australian Automotive Aftermarket e-Zine - Feb 14 Contents Bilstein suspension had already won this classic
endurance race in 1976 and 1977.
Further development stages went down
in motorsport history as the 936 C and Kremer
Prior to the 50th 24 Hours of Le Mans in
1982, with the 956 Porsche had developed a
completely new racing car concept constructed
in line with Group C regulations.
It featured an aluminium chassis of
monocoque construction and shocks from
The willingness of the Swabian-Westphalian
duo to innovate and take risks was reflected in
the success that it brought.
Porsche won a treble with the 956.
From 1982 to 1984, the 956 won all of the
driver and manufacturer titles in the FIA Sports
Car World Championship.
The 962 version, which was used from
1984, was no less successful and the two
models won a total of six times at Le Mans.
The constant spacing between the ground
plate and the track was of enormous importance
for continuous downforce in the first
groundeffect car from Zuffenhausen.
Bilstein shock absorbers ensured that this
demanding task was performed reliably.
The endurance runner
Just how safe and powerful the combination
of Porsche and Bilstein can be, even under the
hardest conditions, was impressively
demonstrated by the magazine Sport Auto.
Prior to a 24-hour race, Editor In Chief Horst
von Saurma drove the 450hp Porsche 911 GT3
RS, with road legality, and the electronic
Porsche Active Suspension Management
(PASM) system developed and produced jointly
by Porsche and Bilstein from Weissach, to the
There would be nothing particularly
spectacular about this if the self-same 911
hadn’t also participated in the classic long-
distance race in the Eifel mountains.
As the only series built sports car among the
roughly 200 racers, most of them highly tuned,
the Porsche driven by von Saurma, Roland Asch,
Patrick Simon and Chris Harris finished what
has to be the hardest endurance race in the
world in overall 13th position.
After the chase twice round the clock, the
white and red Porsche with start number 11
then returned to the Porsche Museum in
Stuttgart-Zuffenhausen under its own steam.
To this day, this remains an exemplary
endurance test over a total of 4594 kilometres
during which, apart from two stops to change
the brake discs and linings and of course refuel,
no unscheduled stops could spoil the fun.
An equally good example of the trust that has
grown in the course of many years of
collaboration is Bilstein’s cooperation with Land-
From 2004 to 2009, the 996 GT3 RSR
served as the high-speed guinea pig for new
motorsport shock absorbers.
The co-operation between Porsche and
Bilstein also had a decisive influence on the
Modular Damper System (MDS) developed by
Bilstein, which is used successfully today in
many national and international race series.
The number one in Club Sport
It is easy to understand why ambitious
Porsche drivers have also grown to appreciate
Bilstein competence in Porsche Club Sport.
No matter whether at driver training courses,
the PCD Club Cup or PCS Challenge, slaloms,
the Porsche Sports Cup, the Historic Challenge
or the 996 Cup, Bilstein applications provide
the perfect adjustment for the specific driving
properties of each Porsche model.
“Bilstein is flexible, experienced in
motorsport and takes the drivers’ individual
wishes into account,” Porsche Club Deutschland
Sports Director, Michael Haas, praised.
“Add to this excellent service and competent
advice in the aftermarket area, and all at an
Designed for the race track as well as the
road, the high-end Bilstein Clubsport coilover
suspension is particularly popular.
Intensive tests with ex-world rally champion
and Bilstein representative Walter Röhrl on the
Nürburgring Nordschleife created the
prerequisites for the outstanding performance
values of this Bilstein product.
State of the art electronics
Available in the aftermarket, the Bilstein B16
DampTronic, which was developed by Bilstein
and which is known by Porsche as the Porsche
Active Suspension Management (PASM), can be
put to work in the Porsche models of the latest
generation if desired.
The electronic system for adjusting the shock
absorbers is aligned exactly to each model.
PASM regulates the damping force actively
and continuously for each individual wheel,
depending on driving style, road and weather
The car body is also lowered by ten
millimetres while the driver can choose between
normal mode, where the damping system has a
sports-comfort response, and the slightly-firmer
The system automatically selects the
optimum damper hardness within these two
parameters, depending on which mode has been
set and the driving situation.
High-tech safety and driver enjoyment
derived straight from the latest Porsche models.
Dream car with dream
Even as a prototype, the long-awaited Porsche
918 Spyder, which comes with PASM and the
PS lift system as standard equipment, put in
super-fast laps on the Nürburgring Nordschleife.
The 795hp Spyder launched onto the market
in September 2013 and the price has also been
The company from Zuffenhausen is looking
for 768,000 Euros for each of the 918
specimens of this limited edition hybrid
speedster with two electric motors and a V8
It seems certain already that the top speed
will be above 325kph.
From a standing start, this supercar reaches
the 100kph mark in less than three seconds and
the 200 mark in just under nine seconds; dream
statistics for the youngest offspring of the
For more information visit www.bilstein.de
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