MINI Challenge Italia Upgrades With New Vehicle Model And BILSTEIN MDS

May 24, 2016 By Mike Lee
Last updated on May 24, 2016

MINI Challenge Italia Upgrades With New Vehicle Model And BILSTEIN MDS
BILSTEIN’s innovate Modular Damper System (or MDS) has been chosen as the control suspension set-up up for the Mini Challenge Italia, being fitted to all cars for the 6-race series.

With the landmark win at the legendary Rally Monte Carlo in 1964, the original Mini conclusively proved itself as a true motorsport talent. BILSTEIN had long since written “Monte history” at that time. The manufacturer from Ennepetal had already equipped the Mercedes 220 SE with gas-pressure shock absorbers for the legendary rally in 1960, when these were still a rather recent high-tech invention. The effort paid off – with a sensational triple win. Since then, the following generations of the MINI have also found a home in circuit racing, for example at the MINI Challenge in Italy. BILSTEIN suspension technology is a fixed part of the exciting one-make series which has received additional updates for the 2016 season. The first of six race events will take place in Imola on 29th May.

Last year, the one-make series ran with technical components from the BILSTEIN B16 PSS10 coilover suspension with road approval, fitted to the old MINI model R56. Along with the change to the current three-door MINI F56, the suspension also received another serious upgrade. The cars now use the Modular Damper System (MDS) designed by BILSTEIN exclusively for motorsports. As an official “BILSTEIN Technical Center” in Italy, N.T.P. in the Alto Adige region once again had the honour of compiling and configuring the system. The proven team around owner Jochen Trettl selected a 2-way adjustment for the front axle and a 1-way system for the rear axle, each with variable compression and rebound stages. The configuration also took into account the new aerodynamics package which creates a remarkably high level of downforce.

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