Spring rate, pre-load, progressive rates, tender springs… what does it all mean?! Across the web, there’s a heap of information, some right, and some wrong. Today, we’re taking a dive in on basic spring tech to cover the most common and important aspects of spring technology and vernacular. A few years ago, we took a look at H&R Springs’s manufacturing facility in Lennestadt, Germany, to learn how springs are made, from raw material to finished product.
In 1956, Renault introduced the world to the Dauphine, a rear-engined economy car that succeeded the pint-sized successful post-war 4CV. With its remarkably small size, beautiful aesthetics, and fantastic practicality, it was an immediate success, having sold more than two million units by the time production ended 11 years later. Despite building so many, however, chances are that you’ve never even seen one until now. At least, what remains of it.
“Better late than never,” they seem to say. It’s been more than a year since my latest project made its debut with H&R Springs, center stage, at SEMA 2018. After a blisteringly-fast 6-month build, I turned up the day of roll in, excited to show the world what I had been working on through the summer and fall months of the year.
Last week, we hauled Riley’s Trans Am up to Los Angeles for an afternoon with the team at Donut Media. With unparalleled quickness, they’ve turned the video around in just 6 days. How do they feel about it? Well, the description speaks volumes. “This is one of the wildest Trans Am builds ever. It has a full tube chassis, a Chevy LSX that revs up to 10,000 RPM, and makes over 1,000 horsepower.
– Photography by Romar Hiensch –
Born as a homologated touring car, the original BMW M3 has motorsports blood coursing through its veins. From its boxed flares to its high-strung S14 4-cylinder engine, it stands stark in contrast to its base-model brethren. It comes to a surprise to some, then, that there are indeed authentic E30 M3 convertibles, produced by BMW. 786 convertibles, to be specific.