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Finally a kit developed with an OEM supplier which integrates with all factory electronics

From gtr.co.uk

http://www.gtr.co.uk...ort-2012-a.html



We are delighted to announce our stunning new GTR suspension kit that it has developed exclusively with Bilstein and Eibach. This has taken a huge amount of time and effort throughout 2011 but we could not be happier with the results
All those that have already sampled our development kits have been blown away by the difference not only in the improvement in steering feel and handling but also the overall ride quality that is significantly better in all modes.

No more switching straight to Comfort mode or not being able to enjoy Race mode fully on the road :D

Below is the press release that has been produced for the Autosport International show.

Litchfield Launches New Nissan GT-R Performance Suspension Package (2008-12 all models)

Springs and Dampers

In an industry first, Litchfield have worked extensively with both suspension giant's technical teams to create a world-class upgrade.

The new kit has been designed to be fully compatible with all versions of Nissan's GTR and is a true 'plug and play' fitment, integrating with all factory electronics. As you would expect the handling ability has been taken up several notches, but without sacrificing ride comfort. In fact, thanks to the vastly superior internals of the damper unit, ride quality is significantly improved, particularly on cars still wearing the 'Run Flat' tyres.

Offering enhanced body control, allied to a new aggressive stance and rake change, the Litchfield kit will massively reduce the car's natural propensity to understeer, whilst simultaneously transforming steering feel and accuracy. The lower stance and superior surface damping not only appeal visually and dynamically, but also offer increased high-speed stability on both road and track.



The kit is a true technical tour de force, thanks to Litchfield's unparalleled access to both Eibach and Bilstein's OEM development teams. The damper units are produced to OEM standard, but feature a unique custom shim stack and revised piston design, developed in conjunction with Litchfield's engineers. This offers the driver significant improvements over the factory dampers, with low speed ride comfort being utterly transformed with much more compliance. As one would expect from Nissan's original supplier, the dampers retain all Comfort, Normal and Race modes for instant driver adjustment.



The springs have been through the same extensive development process, with the R&D being undertaken by the same design team that is responsible for Eibach's F1 and WRC programmes. The front springs have been developed from a wind derived from the German firm's multiple title-winning NASCAR range, whereas the rears have been wound in Eibach's Special Projects division as a bespoke item.

The damper bodies have been finished at Bilstein's Ennepetal factory in a hard wearing silver powder coat finish and the Eibach springs have been press stressed, shot peened and then epoxy coated in the motorsport 'Himmelblau' hue.



Rear Anti Roll Bar

Although the new spring and damper kit can be fitted in isolation, owners looking for the ultimate GT-R package will also opt for Litchfield's custom rear anti-roll bar set up. Once again, this has been produced exclusively for Litchfield, by Eibach and benefits from extensive testing in all manner of road and track conditions. The bar features innovative new geometry developed by Litchfield's engineers and is fully adjustable with 5 individual settings to allow owners to set the car up to suit prevailing weather or track conditions - or indeed, personal preference.

The thicker rear bar reduces body roll through increased design stiffness over the OEM part. Developed on Eibach's motorsport production line, they are manufactured from cold-formed, high-strength aircraft-grade steel for precision performance, and finished with the long lasting 'Himmelblau' powder coat finish to match the springs. The anti-roll bar comes complete with all new bushes to further improve response and precision.

The Litchfield Kit has taken over 12 months of development including back to back testing of every model year of GTR as well as comparisons against the leading aftermarket solutions. This ensured that all the GTR's suspension characteristics were fully understood, the control systems work perfectly and the long term reliability is as good as the original dampers. The kit benefits from a comprehensive 2 year warranty on all components for added piece of mind.

The Litchfield GT-R kits offers a more 'analogue' link between the steering and the driver, increasing driver confidence, improving turn-in, reducing understeer and creating a more stable high-speed chassis, particularly over undulating surfaces. Add in the ability to tailor the car to suit driver tastes and makes a compelling package at a very reasonable £2,995+vat.

More details information will be made available soon and we have a demonstrator fitted with our final prototype for all those who would like a test drive.

The initial stock order is due in April and we are using the Information Request Form on our new website to help keep interested customers updated. If you would like immediate information please feel free to contact us at anytime.



Our 2011 Demonstrator is displayed in the Engineering section on both the Eibach and Bilstein stands and will be moved to the Santa Pod display area for Saturday and Sunday's public days.



Along with a host of other upgrades our car also features Alcon's new update to the incredible GTR "Superkit" which uses a redesigned calliper and their new "S" type 400mm brake discs which are designed to give a more consistent wear pattern and improved pedal feel. Also at the Autosport show Alcon will be announcing their new CCX Carbon Ceramic option which we are proud to say we will also be the UK distributor for




The new Alcon Superkit is fitted under lightweight 20" TSW Nurburgring wheels which are available to order for us now.



In another world first our demonstrator is fitted with a sample set of the new Michelin Pilot Super Sport tyres which are not due to be released until April in GTR sizes. When Michelin found out about our GTR handling work they were keen to get our feedback on their new showcase tyre. Subaru recently replaced the Bridgestone RE070 with the Super Sport for their flagship S206 model and we have heard good things from some of Ford's chassis engineers who have also been working with some of our partners recently :cool:



I will put more information about the tyres once they have bedded in but first impressions are very good


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Iain
 

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Interesting,,,,,,how much does it weight?
 

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Are the springs stiffer than OEM? Not clear on the purpose of this upgraded suspension. Description talks about much improved Comfort mode setting and improved compliance and low speed ride comfort which is a very nice benefit, but what about the race mode performance? Is is designed to improve lap times? Do the new springs reduce roll? Is the balance front to rear changed to reduce understeer? Curious.
 

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Are the springs stiffer than OEM? Not clear on the purpose of this upgraded suspension. Description talks about much improved Comfort mode setting and improved compliance and low speed ride comfort which is a very nice benefit, but what about the race mode performance? Is is designed to improve lap times? Do the new springs reduce roll? Is the balance front to rear changed to reduce understeer? Curious.
The same questions popped into my head. Is there an increase in track performance and if so can it be quantified?
 

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lots of questions and ill try to work with Iain at Litchfield to answer all of them for you. Ian approached me at SEMA this year with this idea and how they were working on it. I was very excited and I thought it was a great idea. I said that we (AMS) would be very interested in being a US importer for these and he liked the idea as well.

Iain actually sent me an email last night with esimated pricing and some specs... he anticipates about $4500 US retail for the spring and damper combo. He also stated he will be sending us a demo set of springs and dampers review and testing.

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Are the springs stiffer than OEM? Not clear on the purpose of this upgraded suspension. Description talks about much improved Comfort mode setting and improved compliance and low speed ride comfort which is a very nice benefit, but what about the race mode performance? Is is designed to improve lap times? Do the new springs reduce roll? Is the balance front to rear changed to reduce understeer? Curious.
Very good questions. The pics look nice but what's really behind this package?

How much lower will the car be?

Were they developed based on 2012 suspension geometry or non 2012 suspension geometry?

The piston design has been changed again????? after nissan changed it like 3 times???

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Those suspension kit looks like the must-have of parts. I am excited to hear first hand how they work
I will be testing Iain's 2012 demo car shortly and will report back. If I like it, I'm getting a set!

I'll let Iain explain it in more detail, but it is designed to be the ultimate all-round suspension set up rather than an out and out race set up.
I am hoping to get my Evo Magazine colleague Roger Green (who sets our laptimes at Bedford Autodrome) to do timed laps in my car pre and post suspension install to get the closest we can to a measurable comparison.
 

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Slightly off topic but Litchfield also have a Carbon front splitter on the way with brake ducts, I'm very interested in this. I'm going to the Autosport show on Sunday and will quiz on a release date.

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I will be testing Iain's 2012 demo car shortly and will report back. If I like it, I'm getting a set!

I'll let Iain explain it in more detail, but it is designed to be the ultimate all-round suspension set up rather than an out and out race set up.
I am hoping to get my Evo Magazine colleague Roger Green (who sets our laptimes at Bedford Autodrome) to do timed laps in my car pre and post suspension install to get the closest we can to a measurable comparison.
Now that would be some good info. Looking forward to it.
 

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I hope Iain registers here and answers all your questions guys
 

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When I asked about the ccx brake cooling and tires he had this to say...

Mindlessoath - Alcon managed to knock
a 1/3 of the brake temperatures by
having the right type of ducking to the
brakes installed. We are having a front
lipspoiler designed to maximise this.
I don't have the technical information on
the PSS tyres at the moment but will ask
the question. I'm sure Ferrari have lots of
"special" parts from suppliers

Our lipspoiler has been designed and we
are waiting for the Molds to be made so I
would imagine it will be Spring time for a
release. Most of the lipspoilers we have
seen don't actually feed much air (if any)
to the brakes. Ours will require a slight
changed to the car when fitted to get
the air directed onto the brakes. It will
be Carbon
 

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When I asked about the ccx brake cooling and tires he had this to say...

Mindlessoath - Alcon managed to knock
a 1/3 of the brake temperatures by
having the right type of ducking to the
brakes installed. We are having a front
lipspoiler designed to maximise this.
I don't have the technical information on
the PSS tyres at the moment but will ask
the question. I'm sure Ferrari have lots of
"special" parts from suppliers

Our lipspoiler has been designed and we
are waiting for the Molds to be made so I
would imagine it will be Spring time for a
release. Most of the lipspoilers we have
seen don't actually feed much air (if any)
to the brakes. Ours will require a slight
changed to the car when fitted to get
the air directed onto the brakes. It will
be Carbon
Is this for CBA or DBA?
 
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