espected Swedish suspension manufacturer Öhlins is using its impressive stand at Autosport International to launch several new fitments that will excite road, track, race and rally drivers alike.
After a superb season with the new Mini WRC car it comes as little surprise to find the Prodrive-prepared machine on the Öhlins stand. Having won numerous accolades, trophies and the hearts of many fans, this modern day interpretation of the classic Monte Carlo winning machine is well worth a look.
The Road and Track range has proven to be a superb seller for Öhlins since its launch, and the technicians in Sweden have been hard at work perfecting the latest range of brand new fitments for launch in 2012. On the stand will be the entire new 2012 line up including variants for the Mini R56, Lexus, Porsche 996 and 997, BMW E92 and E46 M3 and Nissan’s mighty R35 GTR.
Other all-new lines being launched at the show include Öhlins exciting range of highly durable ORQ 18/50 off road suspension units, which cover fitments for Dakar, Armoured Vehicles and Trucks. Here, Öhlins considerable competition heritage has been directly translated into the superb build quality and engineering integrity of these components.
With rallying very much in the company bloodline, the latest Subaru R4 rally suspension kit will also be on show, offering visitors a glimpse of Öhlins cutting edge design and manufacturing techniques.
Circuit racing may be less gruelling on the car, but it demands no less precision. In this field of endeavour Öhlins are clearly leading the way with their range of highly adjustable track systems. The TTR units have proven their worth in Formula Nippon, Japan’s Super GT series and Superstars, whilst the TTX range of dampers has already notched up considerable successes across an impressively diverse list of championships; Le Mans, ChampCar, Indy Racing League to name but three. Offering big-league performance for mid-table price point, the TTX40, TTX46 and TTX36/ILX will all be on show.
With historic rallying and racing becoming so popular recently, Öhlins has taken time to engineer a range of stunningly effective solutions for three of the most iconic stars of ‘stage’ and screen. The rallying credentials of the Mk1 and Mk2 Ford Escort need little introduction to even the most casual of enthusiasts, and Öhlins new range of classic race and rally dampers build on the proven abilities of Dagenham’s finest to create a hugely effective chassis for track or off-road work. Porsche’s classic 911 is also catered for, helping to tame the demanding handling of the rear-engined classic.
Öhlins will also be fielding a full complement of their most experienced technical team, as well as many members of senior management and sales divisions, to answer questions and offer advice on the firm’s many diverse products and services.
Commenting on the 2012 showing, Öhlins UK Manager Chris Witter said. ‘We always see the Autosport International Show as one of our ‘must-do’ events. This year, we are very proud to be able to increase not only our stand size and team, but also the amount of new and innovative lines that we have to showcase for 2012. It’s been an excellent 12 months for Öhlins, despite a challenging trading environment, so we’re delighted to be kicking off this new season with such a positive start. We hope to welcome many old and new friends there, over the course of the show.’
For more information, please visit the Öhlins stand number 7600 in Hall 7.