Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Honey, I Shrunk the Coilovers!

Imagine you were going to a track event and all you had to do to get the car ready was swype a screen and click a couple of settings. You don't need a machine as big as the one from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids - this can all be done from your iPhone now.

In this link, Turner Motorsport shows us how to control and configure the KW DDC ECU coilovers via your iPhone, iPad and iPod touch. The App allows you to program five personal damper setups and you can even share them with your friends. With the app, each axle can be adjusted between 0% (maximum comfort setting) and 100% (maximum sport+ setting). The communication between Smartphone, KW DDC control device, and KW DDC W-LAN module works with a secure WiFi connection and can all be done on the fly.

Creating your own track-specific setup is easy: You just go into the advanced menu where you can set the amount of damper strength you want with the click of a +/- button. Here you can independently adjust damping on the front and real axles of your BMW and save them for later use. According to Will Turner, "We are always looking for new technologies to implement into our suspension packages and having a adjustable suspension like the KW that you can adjust with your iPhone or iPad is not only cool but functional as well."

We would expect nothing less from Turner Motorsport! The 3 standard settings work for any type of driving on the street from inner city to curvy country roads. The 5 advanced settings are reserved for track use. You can experiment with front and rear damping independently to get the correct balance for specific tracks. According to Turner Motorsport, "... if you were at the NHMS road course, we would want the rear to be a bit softer than the front for maximum power down exiting the tight corners. For a track like Lime Rock or Watkins Glen, you would want the car to be a bit more neutral for higher speed corners. The 5 personal settings are perfect for setups at five of your favorite tracks!"

Let's see if you can shrink some other drivers' egos with this KW setup at the track.