Firstly, welcome! This is our eighth edition of Performance and we’ve once again been busy gathering stories from across the globe for another mixed and hopefully entertaining issue to read...
2015 has proven another highly successful and busy year for Öhlins. Alongside a new range of products, we’ve enjoyed considerable success on track with both two and four wheels... and even skis!
In motorcycling we once again proved to be the suspension of choice in MotoGP, and although the incredible final race of the year was nailbiting for all, our victory was assured with most of the top teams choosing our equipment. Further titles came in Moto 3, World Supersport, the FIM Endurance World Championship as well as numerous victories in national series around the world.
On four wheels we’ve had success in many varied disciplines including absolute domination from the Citroën squad in the WTCC series, with their drivers taking the top four spots. We’ve also seen Swedish driver Tommy Hansen taking World Rallycross race wins in his Team Peugeot-Hansen 208 WRX, multiple Six Hour victories for the Audi World Endurance squad and notable wins in GT racing, including the legendary Nürburgring 24HR.
In this edition of Performance we also catch up with World Superbike legend Troy Bayliss to find out what he’s been up to since hanging his leathers up. Staying with the Aussie theme, we also talked to his old Öhlins technician, Byron Draper, about life on the other side of the garage. We report from our EVO video shoot at the picturesque Anglesey circuit in Wales where we went to see the Öhlins effect on two identical cars, one equipped with and one equipped without Öhlins Road & Track shocks. We also take an in-depth look at the world of Endurance racing and look closer at the crazy and entertaining world of Rallycross through the eyes of one of the teams using Öhlins. Finally we mix it up we also learn about inspiring Sit-Ski World Champion Corey Peters.
Finally, from everyone at Öhlins we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Marketing & Communication Manager – Öhlins Racing AB