MASERATI USES BILSTEIN
The Maserati MC20 supercar uses Bilstein DampTronic X technology
Innovation, passion and uniqueness are the guiding values that Maserati has adopted as part of its strategic renewal.
The Maserati MC20 is representative of the new era of Maserati – ravishingly beautiful and fast-as-an-arrow; a true technological jewel that combines craftsmanship and engineering, elegance and performance.
The 630hp twin-turbo V6 engine is the first to be produced by Maserati after a hiatus of more than 20 years.
With a kerb weight of less than 1,500 kilograms, the Italian super sports car is also an extremely lightweight vehicle that boasts the best power-to-weight ratio in its class at just 2.33 kg/hp.
Maserati is also particularly proud of its sophisticated aerodynamics.
The right state-of-the-art suspension was needed for this much potential and that’s where Bilstein says it came in.
The MC20 has been fitted with a suspension featuring the Bilstein DampTronic X system. This latest technology from Bilstein is said to be a perfect match for the requirements profile of Maserati’s developers.
Bilstein explains that the high adjustment dynamics of the Bilstein DampTronic X shock absorber enable the required damping forces to be adapted in just a few milliseconds to the damping requirements determined by the central control unit.
Further, the control concept calculates and adjusts the damping several hundred times per second, depending on the driving situation and wheel selectivity. This allows the agility as well as the ride comfort and safety to be increased.
The Bilstein plant in Mandern produced the prototype dampers for the first road test in July 2020.
Bilstein says the pressing question was is the first theoretical characteristic design heading in the right direction and states the redeeming answer is yes, with the first set of shock absorbers already working amazingly well in the MC20.
“We met expectations right from the start,” Bilstein Technical Project Manager, Marc-Raphael Stratmann, said.
“The performance in terms of both handling and comfort was already at a good level. At the following road test in Nardo a few weeks later, we were already able to fine-tune it.”
As a result, the project team was able to perfect the system together with Maserati, making it ready for production.
“Our DampTronic X system works perfectly in the car,” Marc-Raphael said.
“It is a very good system that offers a wide spread between comfort and taut sporty tuning.
“We have the only inboard system on the market that works with pilot-operated pressure relief valves in both the rebound and compression stages. The excellent control combined with very high dynamics is impressive.”
Marc-Raphael looks back on the project with pride.
“It was a very, very open, fair, almost friendly collaboration with Maserati, and I’m still totally impressed by it.”
“It is spectacular what we have achieved with our great team together with Maserati, despite the challenging conditions.”
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