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KW hydraulic 7-post rig

Posted 04 January 2012 | news   

So what makes KW better than it’s competition? Well aside from numerous proven wins at the world’s toughest races, our 7-post rig gives us somewhat of an edge… This high-tech test system is used by Formula 1 teams for their research and development to achieve suspension setups at the highest level of motorsport, and naturally KW uses this innovative technology to test the development of new suspension kits as well as optimising suspension setups!

KW offers all race teams and partners the possibility to set up their cars with the support of our 7-post-rig in our specialist testing centre in Fichtenberg. The 7-post-rig consists out of seven hydraulic stamps – four main actuators for the wheels and another three posts to control the action of the vehicle superstructure if necessary. The test rig can be used either in the 4 stamp modus or as the name already says, in the 7 post modus.

How it works

In the 4 post mode basic developments can be made, where the suspension kit will be pulsed in different frequencies. But for the simulation of race track courses the 7 posts modus will be used, which offers to simulate brake and speed differences as well as aerodynamic demands. This test can be driven with constant and exact conditions whether it’s a 10-lap race or a 10-hour one – much more accurate and faster as on the race track.

Proven results on the KW post rig are shown by the success of our customers: Manthey got four 24-h-races overall victories, Raeder placed their Ford GT on pole position several times and in the WTCC private teams from Engstler and Wiechers are frequently on the podium in the independence trophy. Also the Alpina B6 and the Gumpert Apollo Speed uses this innovative technics.


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