How to build a race team – BILSTEIN edition
What is better than providing shock absorbers to race teams? Right, having your own race team. That’s why we decided to take three aspiring race drivers on the exciting mission the tackle the 24 hour race 2024 at the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Follow along on our journey and see how we at BILSTEIN make dreams come true.
3 steps to build your own racing team
01. Finding drivers
Every race team needs motivated and fast driver – we found them in Misha Charoudin, Jimmy Broadbent and Steve Alvarez Brown. Three young drivers who want to use this opportunity to prove that they belong behind the steering wheel at the 24h race. We are excited to be on this journey together.
02. Finding the right car
What makes a car a race car? It has to be fast, it has to be safe, and it needs BILSTEIN shock absorbers. In our case we decided on a BMW a 258 hp BMW 330i equipped with the legendary BILSTEIN EVO R. On top we added a few saftey measures such as welded safety cell, a fire extinguishing system, and a race seat with a 6-point seat belt. All needed to compete in the VT2 class.
03. Finding the right partners
Our long-standing partner Black Falcon didn’t have to think long before joining in on our incredible journey. Not only did they help us turning a ‘standard’ BMW 330i into a professional race car, but they are also supporting our team by providing their expertise and handson racing services.
A few impressions
I’m Going To Be Racing At The Nürburgring!!!
Our racecar build, unveil and first rollout
Driving Our Nurburgring Race Car for the FIRST TIME
Building our race car – before & after
It’s a wrap: Our first season!
Did you know that you need a special permit to compete in the NLS? You can get this permit by driving in the RCN series. And so our team used these first races to get used to the brand new car. After getting the NLS permit they used the remaining season 2023 to compete in four NLS races:
- NLS 6 &7: 5th place in the VT2 R+4WD class
- NLS 8: a strong 3rd place, meaning our first podium!
- NLS 9: a new record set for the team’s lap time
First season through the eyes of Jimmy, Misha & Steve
WE DID IT!!! OUR FIRST PODIUM!!!
My First Endurance Race at the Nurburgring
The Countdown To The Biggest Race Of My Life
Off-Season: Time to prepare
After the season is before the season: While other people get to relax during the winter, our drivers need to prepare for the upcoming season 2024. Fitness training, mental coaching, race simulations, and test drives with the car – the team will prepare thoroughly. Follow along to see how these preparations come along.Meet our racers & follow their story