The Pioneers of Car Suspension

Thinking about car suspension brands a few names come to mind. One of those names is certainly Bilstein. There are other car suspension manufacturers worldwide, but what do you actually know about them? One thing is certain – no one has the tradition Bilstein has.

Bilstein was founded in 1873 by August Bilstein. Despite its huge reputation in the car suspension industry, that was not the first thing this famous manufacturer made. Bilstein was making window fittings at first, gradually making a name in the business world. Later, in the 1920s, August Bilsteins son, Hans Bilstein, took over management of the Bilstein factory.

Bilstein introduced the monotube gas pressure shock absorber

It wasn’t until 1951 that Bilstein introduced the monotube gas pressure shock absorber. This innovation was a game changer in the car industry. Mercedes-Benz was the first car manufacturer to put in Bilsteins shock absorber in their cars. After that, Bilsteins shock absorbers have found their way to be fitted into Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 911, Lamborghini Gallardo…


The list of car manufacturers that use Bilstein shocks as stock suspension parts include Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Ford, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes, Mitsubishi, Opel, Nissan, Subaru, Volkswagen and many more.

Bilstein in Motorsport

Bilstein is in motorsport for more than 50 years. Their first appearance in motorsport was with their monotube shock absorbers installed in a Mercedes-Benz rally car which was racing the Monte Carlo Rally. With help from Bilstein, the first race was a huge success when Mercedes-Benz won! This was the best way to put Bilstein on the map when it comes to motorsport and driving safety.

Testing on the track for best performance

Bilstein is well known in the tuning & styling community. Most of the tuners want the best parts to upgrade their cars, and this manufacturer is seriously testing their products. Suspension parts are far more important than most people think and that is why Bilstein tests their parts on the Nurburgring. Testing suspension parts in real-life situations gives this manufacturer information that can make the difference between first and second place.

Bilsteins huge experience ensures that every product gives maximum performance for every type of car. Whether you need to improve your cars handling and height or just change your old shocks for new ones, Bilstein is the place to look for parts. You will be amazed with the quality and driving experience you get.