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Racing on Air

 

If you haven’t heard of AirREX suspension by now, this is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with the product by checking out Dizzy Ling’s killer bagged Mini Copper S R53 track car.  AirREX is a division of Pin Hsiu Rubber Company Ltd. based out of Changhua, Taiwan that’s been manufacturing various products such as C.V. Joint Boots, Steering Rack Boots, Air Springs, Bushings, O-Rings, Oil Seals, and Packings since 1984.

Memoryfab Corporation and Forjworks Inc. came together in 2010 to bring AirREX to the United States and have been responsible for powering rides like Tyler’s STI.  Combined, they have decades of experience in automotive suspension design, engineering, manufacturing, and installation of coil spring, hydraulic, and pneumatic suspension systems.

Now that you’re all familiarized with the basics, let’s focus on the real reason you’re here; Dizzy’s Mini Cooper.  There are so many debates raging about the pros and cons of bagging a track car it will make your head spin.  Namely the stigmas people have about handling and ride quality are the two biggest points folks won’t budge on.  Air suspension was born on the race track, and now thanks to improving technology it’s making a resurgence in the area of the market it drifted out of years ago.

I asked Dizzy why he decided to bag his track car instead of running a more traditional coilover or spring/shock combo and what he had to say made me laugh.  Besides the fact that it was easy to set the ride height of the car and the fact that he works at AirREX, Dizzy said that the most important factor was that too many racing teams have lazy workers who don’t like removing the front bumper to get the cars into trailers for transport.

That’s fine and dandy but what does he have to show for it?  Dizzy’s list of trophies will definitely make your head spin and will leave you wondering how the heck is it possible for a car with air springs to do so well in corners?

TTCC (TAIWAN TUNING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP)

  • 2010 N-R8 1st(wet)
  • 2011 N-R1 2nd(wet)
  • 2011 N-R2 4th
  • 2011 N-R3 3rd
  • 2011 R4 8th(Unlimited Group)
  • 2011 R5 6th(Unlimited Group)

TSSL (TAIWAN SUPER STREETCAR LEAGUE)

  • 2011 R1 3rd(FF Group)
  • 2011 R1 6th(OPEN CLASS-Average laps time difference)6/96

SRCC-CUP

  • 2009 R4 1st
  • 2010 R1 4th
  • 2010 R2 3rd
  • 2010 R3 3rd
  • 2010 R4 1st
  • 2011 R1 2nd
  • 2011 R2 3rd

TAIWAN OPTION-CUP

  • 2010 R4 5th
  • 2011 R1 DNF
  • 2011 R2 3rd
  • 2011 R3 DNF(wet)

TAIWAN SUPER MINI-CUP

  • 2011 R1 1st(R53 Group)
  • 2011 R2 2nd(Unlimited Group)

Those consistent results clearly show that there’s more to this air suspension thing than meets the eye.   Although one might say that a race prepped car and a street car are two totally different monsters, they are both able to run the same type of fully adjustable bag setup.  Dizzy’s Mini is equipped with an AirREX digital air suspension system on stage III+ race settings which offer him maximum control on both long stretches and around tight bends.A completely wireless remote comes standard on the Stage III+ application which allows Dizzy to set up to 3 programmable ride height presets.  A 3 gallon tank powered by a 1/3 HP 2.5 CFM compressor that’s hooked up to an electric solenoid manifold featuring inline mechanical “slow down” valves are what allows him to dial in the rise and drop speed of the vehicle and keep him firmly planted at all times.  The in-house manufactured compressor and tank are installed using vibration isolating mounts and enclosed in a ½” composite wood casing to cut down on noise even further.The front and rear anodized blue air struts on this race prepped Mini come straight off of the same assembly line that any ordinary customer would get theirs from and are individually leak tested to ensure you won’t be sending them back after installed.  Both the tank and air spring pressures are displayed on a back-lit LCD screen for simple operation even in the darkest of situations.

Whether it’s on the track or on the streets, AirREX is pushing hard to show that they’re not on the outside looking in but are at the forefront paving the way of the future.

 

 

 

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