But the 959’s real party piece was its suspension, and there was only one manufacturer who could develop the technology required for Porsche’s super-high expectations – BILSTEIN.
The most obvious difference in the 959 was the use of dual dampers on each corner, giving it a total of eight BILSTEIN dampers. You’d typically expect to find this within the off-road market, but the 959’s system was utilised with maximum versatility in mind.
For a start, all of these dampers were hydraulically linked eliminating the need for typical anti-roll bars. When needed, hydraulic pressure would be increased or decreased to compensate for load during cornering or hard driving.
Secondly, this system didn’t just allow damper adjustment… it also allowed ride height adjustment while on the move! How exactly? Within the two BILSTEIN dampers at each corner, one unit incorporated electric motors which allowed the damping characteristics to be changed by adjusting the damping valve between a soft/road use and a hard/track use.