Öhlins Launch New R/T Range

Swedish suspension giant Öhlins has announced the official launch of its long awaited R/T range in the UK, setting a new standard in comfort and quality for the aftermarket.

Previously the exclusive reserve of top-level race teams and factory outfits, Öhlins has long been the darling of the OEM motorcycle market, where many leading manufacturers use the distinctive gold-hued units to provide sublime levels of control tempered with unparalleled comfort. Now four-wheeled enthusiasts can enjoy the same quality and precision.

Although you could be forgiven for thinking that all of the tricks are on the outside, thanks to stunning levels of presentation and material choice, the R/T range houses its real tricks inside its clinically machined billet alloy and carbon steel bodies. Öhlins have exclusively developed its own, unique, dual flow valve (DFV) technology which replaces the parallel compression valve (PCV) found in other units.  Although a PCV application is a good basic design, it only uses one shim stack to allow fluid movement as the damper compresses and extends. It is very hard to change the handling characteristics of a vehicle that is damped this way. Two shim stacks may be used, but then this can have a detrimental effect on both comfort and road-holding.

With the DFV units, the dual flow valve gives the same characteristics on rebound as it does on compression, thanks to the damper fluid having a consistent path of flow in both directions. This means that the wheel and tyre can quickly and effectively resume their important position back on the ground, providing grip and traction.

Because DFV opens more quickly and easily on minor road imperfections, ride comfort is surprisingly supple and more akin to an OEM strut than a coilover set-up. Over undulating surfaces, the compliance of the R/T units allows the suspension to follow the contours of bumps and pot-holes, whilst remaining stable and in control, thus ensuring traction is always maintained at its optimum level.

Other design highlights include graduated front camber adjustments and factory matched combined damping and rebound rates on one positive detent adjuster. Height adjustment is also achieved by winding the lower mounting face up or down, rather than the spring platform, leaving the all-important free length of the spring untouched, maintaining optimum characteristics throughout its travel

The initial launch range covers the usual Japanese and European performance suspects including the latest Impreza, Lancers 7 to 10, Mazda MX5, Nissan 350 and R34 Skyline, Suzuki Swift, Golf 5, Honda S2000 and BMW E90. Prices start at just £1473.00 plus Vat for the Golf units and all fitments come with an unparalleled 2 year warranty. Further fitments will be released throughout the year.

For more information, please visit www.roadandtrackbyohlins.com or call Öhlins UK on 0203 286 3127.

Scorpion Unleash Vauxhall Monaro Exhaust System

With prices of Vauxhall’s primeval Monaro now dipping well under ten grand, there’s never been a better time to buy one. With a 5.7 litre V8 under the bonnet and telephone number torque just a throttle stab away, these are the most attainable Supercar slayers in the UK!

If ever a car was crying out for an exhaust upgrade, then this is it! Freed from the legislative nightmares that bound Vauxhall’s engineers, Scorpions designers have created a masterpiece in stainless steel that allows the V8 to bellow its intentions, freeing up several horsepower in the process. Although the tone is much nicer than the factory intended, noise levels have been kept on the right side of sensible, ensuring that the car can maintain its role as everyday transport, as well as keeping noise scrutineers happy on track days.

The system fits to the back of the factory catalyst, maintaining road and MOT legality and uses twin 2.5” pipes, running through a sports backbox to terminate in twin 76mm Daytona tailpipes. Like every Scorpion system, each one is hand fabricated here in the UK from Aerospace grade T304 stainless steel and comes with a comprehensive lifetime warranty. Each one is priced at £649.00. For the ultimate in aural and performance improvements, Scorpion also offer a full 100 cell sports cat system for huge gas flow improvements allied to full road legality. This additional part adds £795.00. Aussie brawn and British craftsmanship… surely the perfect combination!

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

Link Launch New ‘KnockBlock’. Hear Knock.. Not Noise

Link UK has released details of its latest ‘must have’ for any serious tuner and engine mapper; The KnockBlock.

In any tuning situation, ‘knock’ or detonation as it’s more accurately known, can quite literally be the death knell of a performance engine. Over the years, numerous solutions have been engineered to allow mappers and tuners the ability to hear when detonation occurs, but the new KnockBlock raises the bar considerably in terms of features and usability, to make life quicker and easier for the professional.

The unit is essentially a powerful audio headphone amplifier that allows knock to be heard in crystal clarity. Naturally, the unit is compatible with most proprietary ECUs, but with Link’s own G4 range, mappers also have direct connection for closed loop ignition timing. It can either be powered by its own internal battery or via the vehicles 12v supply.

Key Features ‘At A Glance’

  • Two knock sensor inputs
  • High power, low distortion audio output
  • ANC (active noise cancellation) detection mode
  • 40MHz digital signal micro-processor
  • Analogue 0V to 5V output for interfacing to a Dyno or Engine Management System
  • Digital time window input for individual cylinder knock control
  • Digital window output for interfacing to Link G4 ECUs
  • External knock indication LED
  • Fifteen user selectable digital filters
  • Selectable detection gain from 1 to 64
  • Internal 9V battery compartment for quick setup
  • Low power mode for extended battery life (audio only)

KnockBlock is available either a professional tuner set up including the KnockBlock, loom, headphones and knock sensors, selling for £449+VAT. The retail kit includes just the box itself and wiring loom to allow the unit to be connected to the OEM knock sensors. This retails at £299+VAT. Both are considerably cheaper than a new engine!

For more details please click to www.link-ecu.co.uk or call the team on 08452 60 57 60