Respected German suspension manufacturer Bilstein has created a custom set of suspension for “Rally for Heroes” driver James Mortimer, who has prepared a Toyota GT86 for the gruelling pan-European event that raises money for the forces charity, SSAFA.
Mortimer’s car is one of 50 that will be taking part in the fund raising challenge that covers 11 countries in just 8 days – and hopes to raise over £100,000 for the SSAFA concern. The charity’s aim for this event is to cover 5 miles for each member of service personnel that has fallen since the beginning of the Afghanistan conflict. This equates to around 2,600 miles over the course of the event.
Clearly keen to get the very best cross-country performance from his car, James approached Bilstein to ask for their help. Naturally, they were only too happy to help this most worthy of causes, creating a custom-valved set of Bilstein B16 suspension to allow the Toyota to cope with any quality of road surface, as well as improving its already excellent handling even further.
In order to achieve the finest results from this bespoke kit, fitting and set-up duties were handled by tuning specialist Litchfield, who as well as fitting the kit, also spent hours on its laser alignment rig, endowing the GT86 with custom geometry settings for pin-point performance. Whilst there, the Litchfield team also added Eibach anti-roll bars and a full set of Eibach alignment products which allow the GT86 to be enhanced way beyond anything that is possible with the factory componentry. The result is a car that should out-handle anything else on the event, making every one of the 2,600 miles an absolute hoot.
Commenting on the sponsorship, Bilstein UK Sales Manager, Aaron Quilter said, “We are always happy to help a worthy cause like Rally for Heroes and it was a pleasure to help James get his own car ready for the fund raising effort. The GT86 is a brilliant basis for chassis tuning, and with the help from our friends at Litchfield and Eibach, this car should be one of the most rewarding cars to drive on the whole event. We wish every driver great success.”