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Racecomp Technology Partners: KW Suspensions

KW Suspensions started out as a German tuner shop called KW Tuning in 1992. In 1995 the company produced its first coilover suspension, and the company was renamed KW Coilover Suspensions in 1996. By 1999 KW Coilover Suspensions was sponsoring and racing in DTM (German Touring Car) competition.

KW V3 coilover

In 2001 KW released the popular Variant 3 coilover, and introduced the inox-line with corrosion-resistant stainless steel coilover bodies. KW automotive North America was created in 2005.

By 2006, KW had been awarded a trademark for the yellow-purple color scheme, and the company acquired a seven-post suspension test rig -- at that time one of only fifteen ever built, and up to that point mostly restricted to F1 race teams.

KW Nurburgring Porsche

In 2007 24 Hours of Nurburgring, six of the top ten racers -- including the winner and runner-up -- are equipped with KW suspension, and more than 70 teams rely on KW technology during the grueling race.

The Mercedes CLK AMG Black Series (2007) is equipped with KW suspension, as is the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR (2008).

For 2010, KW renewed its sponsorship of FIA World Touring Car Championship. Also that year, the BMW M3 GTS comes with KW Clubsport suspension.

In 2011 KW achieved its sixth overall victory in ten years at the 24 Hours of Nurburgring. KW introduces smartphone-enabled suspension with its DDC coilovers ECU (Electronic Control Unit). KW releases its 3-way Clubsport coilovers for the aftermarket.

 

 

Ken Block ST Suspension

2014 brought the worldwide introduction of the ST Suspensions brand, with driver Ken Block as spokesman. KW drifter Chris Forsberg wins the Formula D championship. 

Today, KW Suspensions employs more than 200 employees in five worldwide locations. The Fichtenberg, Germany headquarters assembly plant covers almost a quarter-million square feet.