Öhlins Racing Receives Honda Supplier Award for CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP Superbike Suspension

Upplands Väsby, Sweden, February 25, 2020 – Öhlins has received a Honda Supplier Award in recognition of its Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension on the MotoGP-inspired 2020 model year Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP.

Designed for more performance and less weight, Honda’s popular SP superbike features Öhlins’ Smart EC 2.0 suspension with pressurized, electronically controlled 43mm NPX front forks, paired with a TTX36 intelligent rear shock which improves handling and maneuverability, while keeping the weight increase at a minimum.
“For nearly 30 years, the Fireblade has set the standard for handling, balance and pure rider enjoyment,” said Johnny Bräster, two-wheel OE and aftermarket sales, marketing and product management. “We are delighted to have received this award from Honda. This superbike category has taken a giant leap forward through an exciting range of next-generation technologies. We are very proud of the fact that Öhlins’ latest and best suspension systems have earned their place on these revolutionary bikes.”

Press Contact:
Simonetta Esposito
Senior Communications Manager DRiV

About Öhlins®:
Öhlins Racing has been an integrated part of the motorsport industry as well as the motorcycle and automotive industry for over 40 years. Our focus has always been on high-quality products, service and support, all the way from the MotoGP circuits to the local, national racing events in over 50 distributing countries.

Our philosophy has always been to supply the aftermarket, OEM partners and teams with high-end suspension technology, and we are all dedicated to exceeding our customer’s expectations throughout the world.

Up to date highlights

  • 400 employees
  • Owned by Tenneco Inc. since 10th of January 2019
  • Headquarters in Stockholm
  • Subsidiary in USA – Öhlins USA, Hendersonville NC
  • Subsidiary in Germany – ÖDTC, Nürburgring
  • Subsidiary in Thailand – Öhlins Asia Co., Ltd
  • Subsidiaries in Sweden – CES Technologies in Jönköping & Öhlins Auto Norden in Karlstad
  • Over 200.000 shock absorbers, front forks and steering dampers and around 3 million CES valves, produced annually
  • 97 % of all sales on export
  • Focus on R&D, A/M, OEM and Racing of Advanced Suspension Technology for Motorcycles, Cars, Snowmobiles, Mountainbikes & ATV’s
  • Öhlins Racing AB is A DRiV Company –DRiV is a Tenneco Inc. (NYSE: TEN) business and leading global aftermarket and OE ride performance supplier.

About DRiV™ – the future Aftermarket and Ride Performance Company:
Following the expected separation of Tenneco to form two independent companies, an Aftermarket and Ride Performance company (DRiV™) as well as a new Powertrain Technology company, DRiV will be one of the largest global multi-line, multi-brand aftermarket companies, and one of the largest global OE ride performance and braking companies. DRiV’s principal product brands will feature Monroe®, Ӧhlins®, Walker®, Clevite® Elastomers, MOOG®, Fel-Pro®, Wagner®, Ferodo®, Champion® and others. DRiV would have 2019 revenues of $5.9 billion, with 53% of those revenues from aftermarket and 47% from original equipment customers.

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