This is a new initiative that I came up with, in the hope of sharing my experience and general Modification 'ideas' in some easy to understand Packages.
I have been spending time with some Garages at the Nürburgring and am able to offer some affordable 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 is the basic K03/IS20 model, not Performance/Clubsport K04/IS38 version that most people drive on Track.
This Package comprises of; Eibach Pro-Kit Performance Springs - Specially sourced Brake Pads (Front Axle, unbranded) - Stage 1 Software Remapping - Labour and Suspension Setup (Alignment).
My reason for these Modifications is to make it possible for 'nearly' any Sports Hatchback or Coupe tackle the Nordschleife Circuit 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 (Apex Nürburg Taxi Driver - Porsche, McLaren, Ferrari, BMW M3/M4) suggested I invested in the Eibach Pro-Kit because they offer a great improvement to daily drive without the 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 Setup.
The Brake Pads that I use are a great compound obtained via special order. While I love the Endless Brake Pads they are just too expensive for the driving Enthusiast and are also not in my price range. They are sourced from a contact who wishes to remain nameless - he just offers me great deals similar to the Manthey Racing brand of Racing Pads!
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 Manufacturers Lambda Maps. Running any Petrol or Petrol Turbo Motor at Lambda 1.00 (14.7.1 AFR) from 1000 RPM up to the 6800 RPM Redline is ridiculous and not to mention in my opinion dangerous long-term. 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 of; STXTA Coilovers - Specially obtained or Hawk branded Brake Pads (Complete Set) - Stage 1 Software Remapping - Labour and Suspension Setup (Alignment). This is a more competitive approach to Track driving - and 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 Sven Hammermann (Kfz.-Meisterbetrieb Breuer in Wesseling), one of my good friends who I met at the Nürburgring and stayed in contact with after Remapping his BMW engine for better power/torque. He suggested STXTA as they offer a great upgrade over the original suspension. A combination of the Specially ordered and Hawk Brake Pads will be chosen by him for every Setup. Remapping is also included in every Package - Labour and also the Suspension Setup (Alignment).
The Third Package has a more committed approach for the Daily Nordschleife Driver who wants the best traction and unparalleled performance both on the Road and Track!
This Package comprises of; KW Clubsport Coilovers - Hawk HT10 Brake Pads (Complete Set) - Stage 1 Software Remapping - Michelin PS2 (Special Compound)/Cup 2's - Labour and Suspension Setup (Alignment). For those who know about Fast Driving at the Nürburgring, you will understand why KW Clubsport Coilovers have been chosen. They are the best of the best and offer uncompromised driver comfort with the ultimate focused experience on the Nordschleife at all times!
Hawk HT10 were again chosen by Sven because he is also a Nordschleife driver, and I agree because he is consistent and diligent on Track in in every Car that I have seen him drive. 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 the Hyundai spec which is something I will be looking into when I need new Rubber. The Hyundai i30 has proven to be one of the greatest purpose built Front Wheel Drive Hatchbacks on the Market, and I wouldn't mind trying the older Pilot Sport 2 Tyres on my Car. All in all these are a good selection of Packages to try and our turnaround for most Cars will be 4-5 Days maximum.
For anybody visiting the Nürburgring I cannot stress how important vehicle safety is here. The number of Cars that lose Coolant and Oil is tragic and can kill! Every vehicle that visits for one of the Tuning and Suspension Packages will be meticulously checked over for anything which may cause a problem on Circuit. This is because we are 100% committed to driver safety and want everybody to have a safe and 'fun' experience on the Nürburgring Nordschleife!
The prices for each Package are listed below - please contact via E-Mail with your Make, Model, Year, Engine Size and also the Standard Factory Power so I can get back to you with a quote along with turnaround expectation time. Thanks 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.
Any Combination of Packages and Tyres is also available - please send an E-Mail with special requests!
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