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BILSTEIN preparing Lina's Mini for the "green hell"

VLN 2011: Lina Van de Mars testing Mini fitted with BILSTEIN B16 threaded ride high adjustable kit with racing setup as pre-season training

The VLN cars will once again be roaring round the Nordschleife at the first race of the 2011 championship on the first weekend in April. As experienced equipment supplier at the Nürburgring, BILSTEIN will be supporting an unusual driver in this VLN season: Lina Van de Mars. At a later date in the VLN season, the TV car expert and trained mechanic will be taking part for the first time for the "position worx racing team" in a Mini Cooper S fitted with a sporty BILSTEIN B16 threaded ride high adjustable kit. Motor racing is nothing new for Lina; she has already earned her spurs as a rally co-pilot and enjoys nothing more than burning rubber. In preparation for Lina's future long-distance debut, BILSTEIN invited her and her Mini to a test and calibration drive on the BILSTEIN test track in Papenburg. Right on site, the BILSTEIN suspension experts adjusted the BILSTEIN B16 to the exact requirements of Lina, her car and the "green hell", and worked out the optimum characteristic curve for the Nordschleife.

Lina and the BILSTEIN technicians tested the suspension of the VLN Mini to its limits at the vast BILSTEIN test center in Papenburg. Each time even the smallest of adjustments was made, the car went back on the track until the setting was perfect. With its reconstruction of the "Hockenheimring Kurzanbindung" track, Papenburg offers ideal conditions for calibration drives under realistic racing conditions. Thanks to the 10-level damping force adjustment - the pull and push level can be selected simultaneously via a handwheel - the BILSTEIN B16 suspension system in Lina's VLN Mini was tuned click by click to obtain its optimum characteristic curve. Mono-tube gas pressure shock absorbers from BILSTEIN were combined with Eibach sports springs for the suspension. The BILSTEIN B16 threaded ride high adjustable kit with racing tuning gives Lina's Mini perfect driving dynamics, superior road holding and perfect handling.

"Before the calibration drive I was dying to see how the different settings of the BILSTEIN B16 threaded ride high adjustable kit would play out on the track itself. It was really impressive to see the lengths that BILSTEIN goes to get the suspension perfectly adjusted. After visiting the test center in Papenburg and seeing the test engineers at work there, I now know why BILSTEIN is the number one when its comes to suspensions," said Lina.

It is not only the BILSTEIN B16 suspension of Lina's Mini which is subjected to such extensive tests. BILSTEIN carries out similar test programs for all high performance shock absorbers and sport and threaded ride high adjustable kits in Papenburg or on the Nordschleife. Other Mini drivers, too, can get that motor racing feeling with BILSTEIN suspensions. The height-adjustable BILSTEIN B14 and B16 suspension systems give the Mini models R50, R52, R53, R55, R56 and R57 optimum road holding.

Anyone who is interested in seeing how Lina performs in her VLN Mini on the test track in Papenburg and is curious to see how a threaded ride high adjustable kit is perfectly adjusted can watch the exclusive video of the calibration rounds on the BILSTEIN homepage.

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