People from many different markets have been purchasing electric cars. According to various media reports, all-electric vehicles have overtaken diesel engines in new car registrations in Germany. KW automotive, a suspension manufacturer specializing in the aftermarket, is also benefiting from this ongoing electric car boom. An increasing number of electric car owners are buying automotive aftermarket accessories like light-alloy wheels and coilover suspension kits. KW automotive has been developing coilovers for electric vehicles to keep up with the demand. The KW V3 coilover suspension and the adaptive KW DDC plug & play coilover suspension are now available for the new Cupra Born (K1). The electric car can be lowered by 20 to 45 millimeters with the height-adjustable coilovers within the scope of the parts certificate. While the KW V3 can be adjusted manually in terms of damping, the DDC plug&play with its electric damper control is recommended for all Cupra Borns with optional DCC standard chassis control. The two KW coilovers made in Germany from stainless steel are available now. www.kwsuspensions.net
KW automotive has already released its adaptive KW DDC plug & play coilover suspensions for over 150 vehicle models. These electronic damping-adjustable suspensions are now also available for the new Cupra Born with parts certification. Compatible with the optional DCC damper control, the coilover suspension constantly adjusts its damping to the road and driving style. The signals from the body and wheel position sensors are processed by the OEM control unit of the Cupra Born (K1), and the software then adjusts the KW DDC plug & play coilover suspension accordingly per wheel. The acceleration, braking and steering are also considered. “Because our KW DDC suspensions are compatible with the DCC damper control used by the VAG Group, the various driving modes that influence the damper can still be used,” says KW Brand Manager Florian Johann. Depending on the driving situation the electromagnetic damper valves change the setup and switch to tighter damping for example. “The less unrest in the body structure, the less the ESP has to regulate,” explains Florian Johann.
KW V3 coilover suspension increases driving range of electric powered cars
The best-selling aftermarket suspension from KW automotive is the KW V3 or KW Variant 3 coilover suspension. These dampers differ from conventional suspension dampers by using multi-valve technology. This means that the damping of the suspension can be adjusted individually by hand. “However, the more harmoniously an electric car is damped, the range can also benefit. In the Tesla Model 3, electric mobility specialists achieved a seven percent increase in range by installing our coilover suspension,” says Florian Johann from KW Brand Management. Just like the electronically damping-adjustable KW DDC plug & play coilover suspension, the KW V3 coilover suspension allows stepless lowering of the front axle and rear axle of the Cupra Born from 20 to 45 millimeters. More at www.kwsuspensions.net
About KW automotive:
The KW entrepreneurial group includes the suspension manufacturer KW automotive with its brands KW suspensions, ST suspensions, ap Sportfahrwerke, as well as the SimRacing brands TrackTime and Ascher Racing. With its immense suspension portfolio, state-of-the-art production technology and its development and test center, KW successfully operates in all markets for more than 25 years. Over the past years, KW automotive has developed over 16 distinct damping technologies in order to fulfill its own requirement of supplying “the perfect suspension for every demand”. Beside its core business, the development and production of manually and adaptively adjustable coilover kits and other suspension components for the aftermarket as well as the range of accessories of various automobile manufacturers in the premium segment, the business field of original equipment for special models and super sports cars of the automotive industry is developing tremendously positively for the German suspension manufacturer. Since KW is a development partner of sophisticated controlled suspension systems, the manufacturer disposes of the entire product portfolio of hydraulics, electronics, sensor technology, control units and damper control systems as well as the necessary know-how for the application and tuning of complex vehicle performance systems from a single source. KW has become an indispensable part of customer motor sports throughout the past years and produces homologated racing dampers and suspensions for a constantly growing number of racing cars of several manufacturers. Worldwide, successful racing teams rely on the patented valve technology of KW Competition suspensions. The entrepreneurial group has subsidiaries in the most significant markets, such as Belgium, Great Britain, China, Japan, Switzerland, Taiwan and the USA. 360 employees from the 1200 employees worldwide of the Group are located at the headquarters in Fichtenberg. Software and hardware solutions are further business segments as well as events for virtual motor sports in the scope of the brand RaceRoom. Equally, the suspension manufacturers AL-KO Damping Unit, Belltech and Reiger Suspension as well as the alloy wheels manufacturer BBS are brands of the KW entrepreneurial group. www.kwsuspensions.net