Öhlins, the number one suspension manufacturer of suspension for motorcycle, mountain bike and cars within aftermarket, OEM and motorsport with over 400 motorsport world titles, approached us with an idea of how to further improve bike and rider performances across MotoGP.
What was the brief?
The Öhlins team wanted the force through their rear motorbike racing suspension springs to have a linear spring rate (or a spring constant not varying through the stroke) and to be manufactured out of the lightest material possible, to achieve further winning performance gains for their race teams.
What did Lesjofors Heavy Springs do?
Recognising that a titanium material, with its high strength to weight ratio, would deliver the force pattern required, we explored numerous manufacturing processes over a two and a half year process to exact the requirements specified.
What makes the project special?
Advancing MotoGP component manufacture with a mix of past and present operational legacies – blending the heritage of experienced hand-crafted spring manufacture with highly technical engineering excellences to master the material properties and aesthetic requirements of the product.