This is a new initiative that I came up with, to share my modification ideas in some easy to digest packages.
I have been spending time with the guys at Manthey Racing and am able to offer some Tuning and Suspension deals at an affordable price!
There are three Tuning and Suspension packages to choose from! The first recommendation is fitted to my daily hack - Golf 7 GTi which for reference has the smaller IS20 turbocharger, not the Performance or Clubsport IS38 turbo that most people drive on Track.
The first package comprises of; Eibach Pro-Kit Performance Springs - Specially sourced brake pads (front axle, unbranded) - Stage 1 Software Remapping - Suspension including wheel alignment and labour.
My reason for these modifications is to make it possible for nearly any sports hatchback or coupe tackle the Nordschleife without suffering brake fade or body roll that is common with a lot of factory vehicles.
I chose the Eibach Pro-Kit Performance Springs after reading several reviews and speaking to people who frequent the Nordschleife daily. Tim Morley from Apex Nürburg is the Taxi Driver in Porsche, McLaren, Ferrari, BMW M3/M4 etc suggested I invested in the Eibach's because they offer a great improvement to daily drive without crazy expense. He previously owned a Golf 7 GTi and had the same kit fitted, so it made sense choosing what he had tested and gave a thumbs up!
Eibach are one of the world's leading performance suspension manufacturers. This particular kit has been engineered and tested to work perfectly with original shock absorbers. They give a lower centre of gravity, offer better traction with their progressive spring design and offer superior handling in comparison to the factory springs.
The brake pads that I use are obtained via special order. I love the Endless pads but they are too expensive and way out of my price range. The pads are sourced from a contact who wishes to remain nameless - he offers me great deals and is also affiliated with race teams in Nürburg!
Remapping goes without saying because I modify the software in all of my cars. I tuned the Golf a couple of days after buying it because I didn't fancy the manufacturer lambda maps. Running any petrol or petrol turbo at Lambda 1.00 (14.7.1 AFR) from 1000 RPM up to the 6800 RPM redline is in my opinion dangerous. It will work on the road but after sustained Laps the Motor will get too hot. The Ford Focus ST 225 is Mapped identically from Factory, and people wonder why the Cylinder Liners crack... Was Volvo as careless? You would have to read software to know the answer to that ;-)
The second package comprises STXTA Coilovers - Hawk branded brake pads - Stage 1 Remapping - Suspension and setup including labout. This is a more competitive approach to track driving but not needed at my level of experience. It would make sense if you are an avid driver who spends a lot of time on track in your car whilst maintaining the daily driveability.
STXTA were chosen by a mechanic and friend Sven Hammermann (Kfz.-Meisterbetrieb Breuer in Wesseling). He is one of my friends who I met on track and stayed in contact with after tuning his BMW. He suggested STXTA as they offer a great upgrade over the original suspension. A combination of the Hawk pads will be chosen by him for each car. Remapping is also included in every package, as is the suspension, alignment and labour.
The Third Package has a more committed approach for the driver who wants the best traction and unparalleled performance both on track!
The final package comprises of; KW Clubsport Coilovers - Hawk HT10 brake pads - Stage 1 Remapping - Michelin PS2 (old compound but ordered brand new) - Suspension and alignment including labour. For those who know about fast driving on track you will understand why KW Clubsport Coilovers have been chosen. They are the best of the best and offer uncompromised driver comfort with the most focused experience on track at all times!
Hawk HT10 were chosen by Sven because he is also a track driver, and I agree because he is consistent with track driving. I respect his ideas and opinions regarding Vehicle Setups. Sven chose the Michelin Cup 2's - I added the older and at most discontinued Pilot Sport 2's to add versatility for the Customer. Michelin offer the Pilot Sport 2 in Porsche, Mercedes, and quite recently in Hyundai spec. These are a good selection of packages to think about and contact if interested. Our turnaround for most cars is between four to five days.
For anybody visiting Nürburg I cannot stress how important vehicle safety is here. The number of cars that lose coolant and oil is tragic and can cause tragic accidents which we all want to avoid. Every vehicle that visits for Tuning and Suspension will be meticulously checked over for anything which may cause a problem on Track. This is because we are 100% committed to driver safety and want everybody to have a safe and 'fun' experience on Track!
The prices for each Package are listed below - please contact via E-Mail with your Make, Model, Year, Engine Size and also the factory power so I can get back to you with a quote along with turnaround expectation time. Thank you for reading!
Tuning and Suspension Package #1 costs 1500€ inc Taxes.
Tuning and Suspension Package #2 costs 2500€ inc Taxes.
Tuning and Suspension Package #3 costs 4500€-5000€ inc Taxes.
Please send an E-Mail with special requests!