tuning suspension for a variety of
11 January 2008.
The auto industry has rarely been
so rich in choices. Niche markets like coupés,
cabriolets, SUVs, crossovers, minivans... are now
separate segments with different sizes in each
category, not to mention the new coupé/cabriolet
formula of retractable hard tops, and so on.
If difference and originality are
behind all this diversity, pushing the limit a bit
further leads inevitably to a new expression of
individuality, beyond standard versions of any car
model. That additional dimension is what tuning is
Most remarkably, the beauty of
tuning individuality lies in a certain diversity,
through the various options it has to offer, all under
one label: choice. You can concoct you own formula for
a new or used car, for its looks outside or
inside, for its performance in engine terms or in
handling, through suspension, wheels, tires, wheel
spacers or brakes kits.
Even if you close your eyes, tuning
will make its way to your ears, with different exhaust
Today, our tuning selection comes
from H&R specialists, for the British Mini Clubman
(A BMW-owned brand), the American icon from Ford, the
Mustang Shelby GT500, in addition to the modern Edge
crossover from the same U.S. brand, up to the Japanese
Subaru Impreza and Toyota Prius. Yes, a hybrid car
doesn't have to hide its sporty ambitions.
Clubman - For the new Mini Clubman,
H&R added to the flexible interior and increased
size, more agile driving characteristics with a new
spring kit, combining the look of an estate car with
the feel of a go-kart under a well-proportioned body.
Clubman with new H&R spring kit.
Whether the basic model is a
Clubman Cooper, Cooper D or Cooper S, the handling of
all models can benefit from high-quality H&R
chassis components. The lower suspension setting of up
to 35 millimetres also impacts very nicely on the look
of this small Anglo-Bavarian model.
Besides the spring kit, various
wheel spacers are now also available from H&R.
They can either be combined with the smart series rims
or with more personalised aftermarket versions.
Fully-filled wheel arches confer to
the Clubman an additional dynamic dimension. The wide
spacing, together with the spring kit, can turn the
Clubman into a small serpentine roller coaster if
required. On top of that, H&R will bring soon
additional chassis suspensions and stabilisers, all at
a quality approved with a TÜV certificate or ABE
(vehicle type approval certificate).
splendour for the H&R Ford Edge
Edge crossover - As H&R specialists
put it, the new Ford Edge urges its driver to hit the
open road. But here, the H&R Edge goes a clear
step further with its bold style and confident stance.
First of all, H&R sport springs
lower the Edge 2” (5cm) for even more dynamic
handling and ride, combining sport utility capability
with the driving agility of a sports car. Furthermore,
H&R Trak+ wheel spacers provide a precision
fit and dynamic side profile between tire and wheel
arch, while H&R triple C camber adjustment bolts
keep everything in spec.
Big 22 X 10 OZ Giotti 3 - 3 piece
wheels and Pirelli Scorpion Zero Asimmetrico 295/30R22
tires give the H&R Edge a powerful, muscular
stance with athletic manoeuvrability, be it on hairpin
turns or in busy streets.
On the body side, the Gemballa
bright orange exterior is eye-catching and warm,
subtly enhanced with the Pearl-Ghost world graphics
which add a new visual expression of elegance. On top
of that, Ford's exclusive panoramic Vista Roof can
open anytime to welcome the sunshine over nearly 40%
of the total roof area.
The H&R Edge also features a
blacked-out race-like hood, a Camtec custom composite
front bumper light pod with an integrated
wind-splitter and Hella Celis LED lamps that give a
high-tech night effect for cool city cruising.
For entertainment, the H&R Edge
showcases the Ford factory premium stereo system which
features an AM/ FM stereo, 6-disc CD changer, 4
speakers, MP3, Sirius satellite radio and a
touch-screen DVD-based navigation system, all in a
relaxing Waimea Cliffstone leather interior, combined
with Mauna Loa Ash Mica accents.
spring kit lowers the Mustang Shelby
GT500 30 mm.
Mustang Shelby GT500 - Coming to the
Mustang Shelby GT500, we reach a different sphere,
although still at the heart of the blue oval brand.
Here, H&R developed a spring kit which brings the
convertible 30 mm closer to the tarmac.
More demanding drivers can opt for
a coilover and / or upgraded sport stabilisers which
improve the steering precision and road holding. The
coilover kit can cope with ordinary road traffic as
well as with a special weekend on a racing circuit.
Additionally, H&R´s TRAK+
wheel spacers can widen the tracks to further reduce
over- and understeering tendencies while providing
more aggressive looks. All H&R TRAK+ wheel spacers
are made from an extremely light aluminium alloy and
are anodized to guarantee optimal corrosion
protection. H&R adds that a weight saving of up to
70 percent compared to conventional steel wheel
spacers helps to keep the unsprung mass down.
Altogether, the H&R suspension
components can make the Mustang Shelby GT500 a even
more precise driving machine at a reasonable
Impreza: 35mm lower with H&R TRAK+
Impreza - For years, the Subaru name has
been famous for its expertise in boxer engines (also
called flat engines for their horizontally opposed
cylinders) as well as for all-wheel drive technology.
Of course, many car enthusiasts automatically
associate the Subaru name with the blue rally car as a
result of its countless successes on dirt roads all
over the world.
For the famous Impreza model,
H&R has developed a sportier spring kit, which
lowers the compact body by some 35 millimetres,
improving both looks and driving dynamics.
Although an all-wheel drive Impreza
logically offers better grip than a normal front-wheel
or rear-wheel driven car, H&R promises that its
spring kit would give the same all-wheel drive Impreza
an enhanced grip while cornering, and still keep it
suitable for everyday use, even in terms of comfort.
Lancer with H&R suspension tuning.
Those who are after an even
sportier handling will soon be able to get coilover
and sports stabilisers, in addition to the available
high-strength aluminium TRAK+ wheel spacers, to
improve driving dynamics and road holding.
Prius - Often associated with low
consumption and reduced emissions, hybrid cars are
rarely viewed, at least until now, as real sporty
machines. That's where H&R disagrees, considering
that even a famous green car such as Toyota’s Prius,
can be easily enhanced to give more driving pleasure.
Prius: hybrid cars can be sporty
For the Japanese hybrid car, the
H&R spring kit first lowers the body by 30 mm, not
only for a sportier look, but also to improve
handling, especially at fast changes of direction.
H&R says that the kit blends
well with the hybrid powertrain’s performance, since
it enables the driver to push the gas pedal earlier
again when driving through curvy sections. Hence, the
driver is more likely to enjoy the high-torque
electric motor, and the Prius’s real strength –
its fast acceleration – is emphasised.
Furthermore, H&R adds that
unwanted airflows under the vehicle are reduced, not
only cutting background noises, but also enhancing
fuel economy. The lowering also shortens the braking
distance. The performance package reduces the brake
dive so that the vehicle comes to a halt earlier.
Here also, the H&R’s TRAK+
wheel spacers reduce the Prius’s over- and
understeering tendencies, making an economical hybrid
car, also... an exciting one to drive.
To read more specifically about
some suspension kits:
1 - Coilovers,
2 - Comfort
and Sport Cup-Kits, 3 - ETS,
Electronic lowering systems, 4 - Sport
springs, 5 - stabilizer
/ anti-roll / anti-sway bars, 6 - TRAK+
wheel spacers and 7 - Triple
C camber adjusters.
Market-specific prices, shipping
costs and other information - or inquiries - about the
H&R tuning range can be obtained from the H&R