Off-Road Skills with On-Road Thrills.
It may have been in the showrooms for all of 5 minutes, but already suspension guru Eibach has a full complement of suspension products for the new BMW X1.
Although BMW has obviously set out to endow the ‘soft roader’ with impressive on-road ability, the new Eibach products remove the compromises of the standard suspension set-up to endow the capable Bavarian with an incredible degree of steering precision and driver feedback. Knowing that most X1s won’t see much more off road action than a muddy puddle, this new kit offers drivers the chance to really exploit the superb chassis.
For those looking for the ultimate balance of ride comfort and response, The Pro-Kit lowered springs work in harmony with the factory damper units to lower the car by approximately 30mm. This improved centre of gravity reduces body roll and improves turn-in. Thanks to the spring’s unique progressive winding, developed by Eibach’s F1 engineers, compliance is retained almost at factory levels. Appearances however are not, with the car taking on a far more aggressive stance and the wheels really filling the arches. In-keeping with BMW’s reputation for longevity, the kit comes with a comprehensive 5 year warranty on fit and finish. Perfect for UK roads! The kit is priced at £139.00+ VAT.
The final finishing touch can be added with the application of the Eibach’s hub-centric Pro-Spacer kit. These are available in a selection of widths to either increase the track of the standard wheels to improve the car’s handling or to allow the precise fitment of aftermarket alloy wheels whilst retaining factory offsets. A great idea in either case. Prices start at just £38.00 + VAT per pair.
The X1 may already be the perfect off road/on road compromise, but for any drivers looking to have more fun on the latter, the new Eibach products are the perfect upgrade!
For more information, please visit www.eibach.co.uk or call the team on 01455 285851.
Performance filtration specialists Pipercross have provided the perfect breathing solution for all 2007 on- Nissan 350Z and 370Z models; their bespoke panel filters.
Designed to fit into the factory airbox as a direct replacement for the two original paper units, The Pipercross filters have been designed up to a desired quality, rather than down to a designated price. Flowing over 30% more air than the factory part, these beautifully made filters can make significant improvements in power, torque and driveability and comes with a full lifetime warranty to give decades of faithful service.
The unique multi-layered foam construction not only means a higher rate of flow, it also mean that, compared to even the leading cotton-gauze replacements, Pipercross foam filters can go for up to three times longer before needing any servicing or cleaning. This can be done indefinitely for the life of the filter. Little wonder then, that they are the darling of the JDM market, listing Ralliart, Toms, Spoon, TRD and Nismo as past and present OEM clients.
Priced at just £59.32, it makes the perfect first modification for any Z, and flows stronger.. for longer!
For more details on the 3,000 vehicles covered by the Pipercross range, please visit www.pipercross.com or call the team on 01604 707750.
Exhaust maestros Scorpion have released their latest system onto the market; the ever popular VW Golf Gti 5. With the perennial hot-hatch always at the top of modders’ hit-lists, the Midlands based manufacturer should find plenty of takers for this exceptionally well-made system.
After a considerable amount of road and dyno testing, the new system is available as a direct bolt-on replacement to the OEM part. Fitting directly to the rear of the factory catalyst pipe, the 70mm system is available in two fitments. Either a centre and rear box for those that want maximum extraction with minimum intrusion, or for those that prefer a sportier tone, a Sports bypass pipe is available, leaving just the rear box to handle silencing duties. The flatter Scorpion rear box tucks up into the rear underbody far more neatly than any other aftermarket system, improving looks, ground clearance and the all-important under car air-flow characteristics. This is an element often overlooked by aftermarket manufacturers, but its careful consideration is hardly surprising when you consider the wealth of OEM experience that Scorpion has to draw upon.
Although the fit and finish are certainly to factory standards, power and throttle response gains are most definitely not! – with consistent improvements of between 5 and 10% being recorded during Scorpion’s extensive testing regime. Also finalised, but still undergoing full Global approval, is the firm’s high-flowing sports cat that will bring significant performance gains whilst retaining full legality in all markets. Expect to see this later in 2010. Also undergoing testing is the firm’s Mk6 system which will also be available soon.
Each system is precision fabricated at Scorpion’s UK factory from aerospace quality T304 Stainless Steel and carries a lifetime guarantee. The sound is far more sonorous than the standard item, with a nice growl when pressing on, but keeping a subtle note for comfortable cruising.
This system will fit all petrol Gti Mk 5 models, providing more go, a little more show and a superb soundtrack throughout the rev range. Priced at just £399 for the single box system and £499 for the twin box set up, it’s the first essential modification for any hot Golf.
For more information on this, or any other Scorpion product – or to order your free catalogue, please contact the sales team on 01773 744123 or click to www.scorpion-exhausts.com