- Partnerships between BILSTEIN and both Aston Martin Racing and STI to continue
- Subaru works team also backing the suspension expert at the 43rd ADAC Zurich 24-hour race
Success is always sexy. No wonder, therefore, that after finishing tenth in their debut appearance in 2013 and fifth last year, suspension expert BILSTEIN and the Aston Martin Racing works team are planning to join forces again for the 43rd edition of the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race at the Nürburgring (14 to 17 May 2015). Unlike the last two years though, the blue and yellow Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 with the new BILSTEIN 4-way MDS motorsport suspension is targeting overall victory this time around. In addition to Aston Martin Racing and BILSTEIN partner Black Falcon, the Subaru works team is also placing its trust in the suspension expert’s know-how and long years of motorsport experience.
The 4-way Modular Damping System (MDS) motorsport suspension provided impressive proof of its long-distance racing capability in the 2014 season. Within the scope of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), Aston Martin Racing won the team world champion’s title in the GTE-Am class with the young Danish driving duo of Kristian Poulsen and David Heinemeier Hansson in a BILSTEIN-damped Aston Martin V8 Vantage GTE, as well as the driver’s title in the same GTE-Am class. Regular drivers Stefan Mücke (D), Darren Turner (GB) and Pedro Lamy (PT) will be behind the wheel of the Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3 at the 24-hour race.
With independent damping force adjustment now in one rebound and three compression stages, the new version of the MDS, which was successfully tested in 2014, provides an even wider spectrum of individual adjustment options. Thanks to ten clearly discernible clicks from one (soft) to ten (hard), the high-performance damper system can be adjusted in the ideal manner to suit the demands of the various circuits, thus enabling a particularly precise chassis set-up.
The Subaru WRX STI NBR Challenge 2015 , based on the WRX STI, will also be fitted with BILSTEIN shock absorbers at the classic event in the Eifel mountains. Tim Schrick (D) will be at the wheel for the Japanese works team for the first time. In addition to the 39 year-old racing driver and TV presenter, Marcel Lasée (D), Carlo van Dam (NL) and Kota Sasaki (JPN) will also be starting in the Subaru. After a year without a podium finish in their class, Subaru intends to recapture the successes of previous years with the help of BILSTEIN. In 2011 and 2012, the Japanese manufacturer took successive victories in the SP3T class at the 24-hour race and finished in second place in 2013. “We are pleased that, with Subaru, another renowned team is backing BILSTEIN,” commented Martin Flick, head of motorsport at BILSTEIN.
BILSTEIN partner Black Falcon has also been spoilt by success. After their triumph in 2013 and second place finish last year, the team from the town of Meuspath, near the Nürburgring, is again placing its trust in BILSTEIN’s MDS suspension in its Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. The team’s Porsche 991 Cup racecars are also fitted with BILSTEIN suspension.
In addition to the mechanics of Aston Martin Racing, Subaru and Black Falcon, the BILSTEIN experts in their blue and yellow team uniforms will also be in the pits and in the BILSTEIN truck with its workshop and conference area to look after the racers of numerous other teams that use BILSTEIN shocks. These include the cars in the Astra OPC Cup and Toyota GT86 Cup which will also be on the starting grid of the 24-hour race. Both of these brand cups trust BILSTEIN’s monotube gas pressure shock absorbers with upside-down technology, which can be adjusted in parallel in rebound and compression stages.