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Sporty and comfortable UFO with BILSTEIN Airlift

Carozzeria Touring Superleggera and N.T.P. build three Alfa Romeo Disco Volante cars with BILSTEIN suspension

Surveys show that a particularly large number of Italians believe in aliens. That is no surprise, really, as a “UFO” has practically been part of the country's cultural heritage since the 1950s. It is unlikely that an Alfa Romeo with the name “Disco Volante” – meaning “flying saucer” in English – has ever been driven by an extraterrestrial, although the car's most famous driver, Juan Manuel Fangio, must have seemed like someone from another planet to many of his contemporaries. In 2012, the chassis workshop Touring Superleggera completely re-interpreted the Disco Volante based on the Alfa Romeo 8C Competizione and produced a limited edition. As many customers did not find the suspension setup comfortable enough, the manufacturer Carozzeria Touring Superleggera together with the “BILSTEIN-Technical Center” N.T.P. from the Italian Alto Adige region converted three cars with a customised suspension set-up.

Their early vintage meant that the original Volante, manufactured in 1952 and 1953 still had to make do without BILSTEIN gas-pressure shock absorbers – this technology was only fully developed for series production one year later. On the modern Disco Volante based on the 8C, however, the improvements from the new set-up can be felt immediately. The engineers from coachbuilder Touring Superleggera are happy to confirm this after driving the car on a few fast laps around the test track in Vairano. Test drivers and engineers from N.T.P. were responsible for the actual set-up. The primary objectives of the measure were added comfort and suitability for everyday use. The problem: it was not allowed to affect the handling of the sports car in any way. As an official “BILSTEIN-Technical Center”, N.T.P. from the Alto Adige region in northern Italy set up the shock absorbers and springs according to these exacting requirements. As no pre-assembled shock absorbers were available for the extremely rare vehicle, N.T.P. built these completely from scratch with BILSTEIN modules and combined them with Eibach springs. The new setup proves the creative potential of the suspension specialists while underlining the flexibility of the BILSTEIN “tool box”.

The integrated coilover adjustment provides customers with the advantage of being able to adjust the “cruising altitude” of their Disco Volante at any time later on. As of course it would be too cumbersome to lift the car manually for every high curb or steep garage ramp, Touring Superleggera and N.T.P. found a very special product in the BILSTEIN bag of tricks: the patented Airlift. Now the front axle of the sports coupé can be temporarily lifted by 30 mm at the press of a button. This is made possible by an air bellows installed above the strut which does not influence the driving characteristics and is only used for height adjustment. Flying, however, is still not in the repertoire of this speedy saucer.

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