A look back on the Professional Motorsport World Expo 2018

Many good conversations and a jam-packed BILSTEIN technology workshop

The Professional MotorSport World Expo in Cologne has become an integral part of the diaries of many motorsports professionals and amateurs. This year again, many racing teams, racing drivers and motorsports engineers and mechanics made the pilgrimage to the Rhine metropolis. And so did we!

On our bright and invitingly designed stand we welcomed motorsport managers from automobile manufacturers as well as teams from the VLN, the ADAC GT Masters or the TCR. Officials from racing series, industry partners and journalists were also among our guests at the BILSTEIN stand. Race driver Tim Schrick or Laurent Fedacou, vehicle engineer for DTM driver Mike Rockenfeller and rallycross ace Anton Marklund also dropped by for a coffee.

We presented our BILSTEIN MDS 2-way racing sports suspension – including a specific LMP design – to interested trade fair visitors. In addition to other motorsport suspensions, the exhibits also included the BILSTEIN MDS 4-way suspension the Mercedes-AMG Team Black Falcon used when taking second and third place in the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring 2018.

Our Motorsports Director Martin Flick drew a positive conclusion: “As in previous years, the first day of the fair was very well attended. In the following two days we had exactly the frequency of interesting customer visits that we needed.”

Our BILSTEIN workshop on stage 1 on the second day of the fair was also very well frequented. With 125 participants, the workshop hall was so crowded that many visitors could no longer find a seat. Martin Flick and Development Engineer Christian Moldenhauer led through the exciting two-part program. In the first part, the two suspension experts devoted themselves to the basics of suspension dynamics. This was followed by an open discussion in which Martin and Christian answered questions from racing teams.

“The workshop was a complete success and I have the feeling that we could give some amateur racers good hints and help for their project”, Martin gladly remarks. The numerous discussions after the end of the official workshop also showed how well the concept worked. When the first cleaning crews were preparing for their shift behind the scenes, Martin and Christian were still eagerly discussing wheel loads, shock absorber characteristics and setups…

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