In Need of a Lift?
Ever since BILSTEIN first fitted gas pressure shock absorbers into the winning vehicle at the Monte Carlo Rally 50 years ago, the company has been recognized as an innovative systems partner for the automotive industry. When it came to designing a hydraulic system for a sports car manufacturer, Trelleborg was on hand to support BILSTEIN with an equally high-performance sealing solution. - By Nigel Luhman
- Sports cars have minimum ground clearance to lower the center of gravity, resulting in better handling. This makes it difficult for the vehicles to drive over ramps and curbstones.
- BILSTEIN was tasked with developing a hydraulic lift system to raise the chassis in such circumstances, integrated in the front shock absorbers
- Within six months, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions supplied the seals necessary for this prestigious project, far exceeding customer requirements
Founded in Germany’s Westphalia region in 1873, the core BILSTEIN brand can look back on a history spanning nearly 150 years. In the 1950s, the company developed a production process without which automotive technology would be unthinkable today: the manufacture of the monotube gas pressure shock absorber. Ever since, this suspension has found its way into virtually all leading makes of car, including winners of rally world championships, major 24-hour races and Formula 1. The company is also in a good position to further expand its status in the decades to come. What began as a family company has been structured as a group since 1988 and as a 100% thyssenkrupp subsidiary since 2005, with the corresponding economies of scale to open international markets.