Bilstein was founded more than 140 years ago commencing operations in Ennepetal, Germany in 1873. Initially the company made window fittings and set up its own strip iron rolling mill in 1919 to ensure the quality of the raw materials that it was making its products out of. Dedication to quality would be something that would run through the Bilstein business for decades to come.
By the 1920s Bilstein had begun dabbling with nickel and chrome plating. It was from here that the company moved into the automotive parts world by producing the first chrome-plated bumpers for series production vehicles. They also manufactured the jacks used to change tires at the side of the road and in mechanic shops. The 1950s saw Bilstein debut the world’s first monotube gas pressure shock absorber and in 1957 Mercedes-Benz became the first car manufacturer to include Bilstein shocks as an OEM part on their vehicles.
Why Buy Bilstein
The main reason to buy Bilstein shocks is that the company is just really, really good at what they do. Obviously better shocks mean better handling, road holding, and as a result, safety. You’ll get a more comfortable ride with high-quality shocks as well. Bilstein shocks come as OE parts on cars from Lotus, Aston Martin, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Subaru, VW, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, and Ford. All of Porsche’s sports cars come with the shocks as standard as well as the Lamborghini Gallardo and Bugatti Veyron. Yes, the car that reigned as the world’s fastest relies on Bilstein products to keep everything under control.
Bilstein shocks can be found in all types of vehicles from off-roaders to heavy haulers to top-level racing cars. The company’s motorsport legacy began when Mercedes used Bilstein parts to handily win the Monte Carlo Rally and has gone from strength to strength ever since. From rally to endurance racing and Formula 1 the company’s products can usually be found at the north end of race results across the globe. All of Bilstein’s products are manufactured in Germany and developed at the company’s own test track in Papenburg or at the Nurburgring Nordschleife, one of the most fearsome and challenging racetracks in the world.
The Bilstein Range
Bilstein’s range combines knowledge gained from supplying the world’s foremost car manufacturers with OE components and a long history of helping teams to victory in motorsports. Thanks to the amount of car manufacturers that the company supplies replacing the shocks in your daily driver is often a piece of cake. If you want to build a fire-breathing race car Bilstein can help you there as well. Their range of shock absorbers, suspension struts, and coilover systems can have your can handling precisely the way you want it to. Use the parts finder above to find the right Bilstein product for you or contact us and let one of the Automotive Superstore product specialists help you today!