Classic Ford pays a visit to suspension innovators, BILSTEIN at their UKTechnical Centre.
B ILSTEIN is a name synonymous with classic Ford tuning, so we headed to Leicester to meet up with their UK Aftermarket Manager, Aaron Quilter. Having been at the UK company from its early beginnings in 2000, Aaron is very proud to be what is known at the company internally, as a ‘BILSTEINer’. You only need take a swift glance at the place to see why he has every right to be more than satisfied with his chosen working environment. BILSTEIN UK is like a military operation.
So, how has BILSTEIN built one of the most recognisable brands in the Classic Ford and motorsports world? Back in 1961 BILSTEIN entered in to motorsport and this has played an important part in the driving dynamics of today’s road going cars. Why? We’ll allow Steffen Zacharias, BILSTEIN’s Director of Motorsport, to explain. “For nearly 50 years, the Nürburgring and its Nordschleife in particular has been one of the most important tracks for BILSTEIN’s shock absorber development,” reveals Steffen. “The level of varied demands a suspension system has to cope with, can, quite simply, be found at no other circuit. The Nürburgring Nordschleife represents the optimum racetrack for BILSTEIN to demonstrate our competence in the shock-absorber development area.”
It’s this pursuit of absolute excellence that filters down through everything that the company does. Let’s get the lowdown on BILSTEIN’s most popular product lines.