Most people are aware that suspension is essential
for high performance cars, and many have a vague idea of how most
of it works but very few understand the finer details and
understand how to get the best out of their car through correct
setup. Unless you’re a racing driver with many hours experience,
suspension can seem like a bit of a dark art. The video game "Gran
Tourismo" may have introduced a whole new generation to toe angle,
camber / castor, and damping adjustments- but fiddling with these
complex settings in the real world is a little different.
Every time a manufacturer produces a new vehicle,
whether it’s a sports car or a superbike – the designer’s
aspirations for its handling are often restricted by the
prohibitive pressures to continually drive down costs. Then, throw
in the fact that every vehicle has to be produced to fit the widest
possible range of uses, weights, tires and ‘safe’driving styles; it
becomes clear why OE suspension isn’t perhaps as perfect as it
could be (not mentioning that lawyers are often interested in
diluting matters, too)!
After several years of working to improve the
handling of many race cars and bikes, designing and producing every
conceivable suspension component, and building a knowledge of
winning solutions, Nitron Racing Systems was officially established
in 1998 with the primary objective of producing the very finest
Since then, Nitron’s worldwide success has spanned over a decade of
prestigious race wins and lap records on both two and four wheels
using the revered NTR series of shock absorbers. Today, with direct
motorsport involvement and a committed development program, every
Nitron customer experiences cutting edge performance and design,
proven on the world’s most demanding circuit and the latest
evolution of technology in the NTR line.
Nitron Racing Systems is newer to the US BMW market, but
continues its commitment to quality and support that have made
them a dominating force in Europe for all makes and models. Nitron
already with operations in the USA has become the #1 choice for
Lotus owners in the USA and has set there sights on becoming the
most winning in the highly competitive BMW market. Don't just take
that on paper: Highlights for the BMW enthusiast include sweeping
wins in the 'CSL Cup' where it's BMW vs. BMW as well as on the
Nurburgring, where Nitrons are setting world lap-records with
several different platforms, including the worlds fastest N/A
engine E9x M3!
NTR R1 Complete Coilover Package:
We like different cars. We modify our cars to be individual. We
each have our own driving style – so why then, do we settle for a
‘one shock suits all’ product? Unlike the OE shocks or many after
market dampers, every single Nitron damper is hand built for the
individual customer. This means Nitron can build the kit to suit
your individual application and style, affording the ability to
custom spring and valve the shocks at the factory.
Embraced by racers and race series around the world, R1 kits
provide the answer to uncompromising quality, reliability and
performance without the need for a remote canister.
We are all different, and our cars are similarly different down to
the smallest changes; you are going to need the ability to make
precise adjustments to have the edge.
Nitron R1 damper kits are ‘two-way’ adjustable, allowing adjustment
of both the bump and rebound strokes through a single adjuster
knob. This can become confusing as many manufacturers state
‘one-way’ adjustment as only adjusting the bump stroke, or the
rebound. The Nitron R1 series actually adjusts both bump/rebound on
the same adjuster – in this implementation, a far superior solution
than simply compression or rebound, the chassis is supported and is
capable of control over the most grueling circuit!
That leads up to the type of adjustment and the range of the Nitron
damper: Beware of just how much adjustment some after market damper
kits offer – many kits in this price range state anything up to 40
clicks of adjustment! However they are usually not linear and often
only have 5-10 clicks that actually make difference to the
damping curve. Nitron shocks arrive (preset, may we add) with
around 26 totally linear clicks. For most customers this means a
simple initial setup process to find their individual ‘sweet spot’
and a ‘less 2 clicks’ for a wet set setup.
The smaller E36 has a short wheel base and semi-trailing arm
rear suspension like the E30. This makes tuning the balance of this
chassis important, and the ability to put power down when cresting,
going over bumps or just rounding an apex an important detail of
tuning. The R1 is going to offer damping that exceeds your
expectations allowing this fun car to become a competitive force on
the road or circuit setting.
Features: Comprised of (4) 2-way adjustable Nitron dampers
with Nitron's trusted German-made linear rate race springs. A
single adjuster knob affects both compression and rebound damping
together for simple setup and road-friendly quick adjustment. No
remote reservoir means R1 can compete in many classes, including
BMW CCA events, and are as easy to install as any typical coilover
All of the R1 shocks feature adjustable spring platforms for ride
height adjustment, plus the dampers are also length adjustable to
set the ride height whilst maintaining even spring preload... A
huge advantage vs. other designs.
Ideally valved out of the box for the rates of your choice: spring
rates that the hardcore enthusiast wants, rates for a dual-use
street car, or all the way up to a 100% race-competitive track car.
Further compatible with a wide range of spring rates by the large
adjustment range of the damper knob.
Performance and feedback:
Nitron's high pressure gas-monotube damper design in the R1 is of
direct lineage to the 3-way adjustable R3 shock, not an
exercise in cost engineering. Nitrons oversized Monotube offers
high speed stability and long-life durability that enthusiasts and
racers alike, love under their vehicle. Heat dissipation and
resistance to fade insures that your damping remains controlled
over irregular surfaces from your favorite back road or a less than
glass smooth race surface.
A double-acting, single dial offers effortless control over a wide
range of damping adjustment; helping to rapidly react and adapt to
changing circuit conditions.
Spherical mounts are included front and rear so all road inputs are
transmitted directly into the damper, maximizing wheel control and
providing optimum feedback to the driver's finger tips while
Nitron's excellent damping properties maintain surprisingly good
Designed, Engineered & Hand Built in the
UK: Designed in house using the latest 3D CAD techniques,
Nitron race shocks are machined from billet and hand built entirely
in the UK. Using the very latest 3D CAD modeling software, Nitron
is able to rapidly design and calculate the optimum solution as a
response from testing at the circuit. Each race shock is fully
serviceable on demand, and made bespoke to order with customized
spring and damping configurations per the customers chassis and
needs. Servicing is available in the USA, and abroad.
Nitron use the best combination of in-house
prototyping and specialist machining to manufacture and control the
quality of every component that goes into a Nitron shock.
Each component has been tested for the rigors of motorsports use so
there is no question in the clients mind about performance
or safety. Nitron's leading industry experts are even
supplying to F1 teams, with 5-axis machining, honing and
welding. This same facilities goal is of course to produce
the most accurate parts available- critical for longevity and
precise performance and is the very same that build each damper for
Nitron's design team benefits from many years experience in
machining, materials technology, hydraulics and F1 race car and
bike engineering; a combination that very few organizations can
compete against. Industrial design and aesthetics is an integral
part of the design process; ensuring that the finished look and
feel of Nitron shocks are among the best in the world;
reflecting the commitment to quality and performance the racer
Testing testing testing: Capability
alone does not win races... Nitron's engineers do not just design
the shocks based on manufacturing, or computer generated
calculations, but call upon first hand experiences of the unique
demands racing and race machines place upon ideas. Out of
this phase, product is tested and refined with racing partners,
accomplished in there fields until world class results are met. As
well, many of the Nitron team either race themselves or have worked
with top drivers and riders, directly assisting in top podium
finishes. All this experience filters through and is evident in
each damper with technology such as their unique low speed
compression adjustment offering precise handling, tuning and
feedback, and instantly recognizable quality and fit that is like
nothing else in this price range.
Every component is individually assessed and
assembled by hand at their Oxfordshire facility, in the heart of
‘Motorsport Valley’ in England.
Even their technicians have a roll in creating the winning formula;
with an active interests in Motorsports, they enjoy the pride that
comes with first hand experience playing a roll in quality control
and reliability. Before any shocks leave Nitron's facility, they
are inspected, tested and signed off, giving you the confidence
when you are out there, pushing the limits!
Nitron's aim is supplying the best possible shocks made to the
highest specifications. Nitron now sells shocks all over the world
and continues to strive to supply the highest quality along with
making product lines that offer high value next to the
Always focusing on delivering serious performance and not
compromising on design and build quality, both internally and
externally- Nitron is the the solution the typical hard to impress
BMW enthusiast has been looking for!
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