KW DDC ECU – The iPhone
KW automotive is now offering coilovers with dynamic damping control for a wide range of vehicles. Automobiles not yet fitted with damping control will enjoy a sporty upgrade thanks to the new KW Dynamic Damping Control Electronic Control (DDC ECU) coilovers, whose “Comfort”, “Sport”, and “Sport +” modes deliver a noticeable change in damping characteristics.
As well as the modes designed by the KW suspension developers and test engineers, drivers also have the option of configuring their own damping setups intuitively using a free iPhone app. The dampers’ charactertistics can be adjusted independently of the front and rear axle. The continous damper adjustment allows the user to adjust the suspension dampers individually according to their own needs and preferences — from the maximum comfort setting with very soft damping (displayed in the app as 0%) through to the stiffest damper setup (displayed in the app as 100%). Depending on the user-programmed setup, the vehicle can therefore react more comfortably than in the preprogrammed “Comfort” mode or with an even tighter damping rate than in the “Sport+” mode. Once the user has found their perfect, personal setup for their vehicle, they can save it for future use. Memory banks are provided for five personal setups. Saved damper settings can even be emailed to friends, and setups for different racetracks can be exchanged within the clubsport community.
It is necessary to install an add-on module so that the iPhone can communicate with the KW DDC ECU coilovers via a secure WLAN connection. First presented at the Essen Motor Show from November 26th to December 4th 2011, the KW DDC ECU coilovers are available for the Audi A3, A4, A5, A6 including S-line models, and other cars. The “iPhone Coilovers” will be available for further vehicles in early 2012. In the longer term, apps are also being developed for Android smartphones.
Compatible with the KW Hydraulic Lift System
The KW DDC ECU coilovers are prepared using Inox-Line stainless-steel technology and, as well as top-notch KW quality, offer the TÜV-tested adjustment range of a renowned KW coilover suspension. Furthermore, they are also compatible with Hydraulic Lift System Kits (HLS).
The KW DDC coilover suspension with ECU is available from 2,599 euros, and the add-on module for wireless communication between smartphone and suspension is available for 299 euros. In time for the 2012 season, the free app allowing individual damper configuration is available for download in the App Store. The suspension comes supplied with the appropriate TÜV parts certificate and vehicle-specific installation instructions, so it can be installed easily and entered into the vehicle documents.
Detailed information on the broad product spectrum of suspension-specialists KW automotive GmbH, including suspension springs, dampers, stabilizers, and complete and coilover suspensions, as well as application lists, can be found online at www.KWsuspensions.de