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Welcome to the exciting first issue of Performance, our new online magazine that we hope will entertain and inform you about the wide world of Öhlins and the people that have made it the company it is today...



When we think of Öhlins it is easy to attribute the utter domination of two and four wheel motorsport, plus OE arrangements with major manufacturers, to a massive global corporation like Ford, however the reality is very different. Employing just over 200 staff and located in a sleepy province away from Stockholm, the factory creates the most precise, technologically advanced suspension in the world, yet manages to exude a warm, almost 'small family business' mentality. It is essentially Swedish...



"Of course I don't ache," Thorleif Hansen looks almost confused by our question.

He may be 63 years old but despite today being his first time back on a bike in over a year since having a serious knee operation, when you are a six times Swedish MX Champion and have finished runner-up in the 250cc World Championship you don't let a little ache get in the way of a day's motocross testing. A point his thoroughly worn out looking, and considerably younger, colleagues may argue…



The Iron Dog snowmobile race in Alaska is one of the World's most extreme races, as competitors battle through deep snow for over 2000 miles in brutal conditions. This year, two native Alaskans, Dusty VanMeter and Marc McKenna, took a new course record of 35 hours 39 minutes on Ski-Doos fitted with Öhlins shocks...



There is no dispute that MotoGP is the pinnacle of two wheel bikesport but there is also a massive worldwide appetite for all forms of club and National racing which acts as a feeder system for this 'big league'...



Öhlins' Engineer Joakim Sundevall explains how the revolutionary Selective Steering Stabilizer, the S3, has taken the off-road world by storm...



24 Hour Domination!

An incredible 240,000 spectators enjoyed the 80th running of the prestigious Le Mans 24hr race which saw the works Audi squad again dominate with a clean sweep of the podium. A great picture for the boardroom in Ingolstadt and also for their suspension suppliers back in Sweden...



MotoGP 2012– A tale of three Champions...

The 2012 MotoGP season has seen some of the most spectacular action in recent years as ex-Champions Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo trade hard fought wins (4-3 to the Spaniard up to Assen) plus the added benefit of exciting scraps for podium positions from other members of the grid.



When it comes to automotive exotica, few countries can rival the Italians. And even those that can tend to live in the shadow of a nation that is steeped in racing heritage, lauded for its engineering history and envied for its effortless design excellence…



The World Rally Championship (WRC) is quite possibly one of the toughest challenges in motorsport. Competitors are often only separated by mere fractions of a second, despite tackling difficult and varied terrain, often in blistering heat, freezing or seriously wet conditions. In short the WRC is the ultimate test of man and machine. History and legends have been created on the tarmac of Corsica, the snow of Sweden, the plains of Africa and the dark forests of Wales...



Founded on the legendary Kings Road in Chelsea, London way back in 1924 by Captain Frederick James Warr, Warr's Harley-Davidson has never been a 'normal' Harley dealership. That statement can also hold true of a slightly mysterious customer who ordered the incredible 110,000 Euro 'Unorthodox' custom built machine...

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