Koenigsegg isn’t the only automaker to use Öhlins dampers, but it uses them like no other company. Koenigsegg’s dampers are electronically adjustable, which isn’t uncommon, but the company’s factory can adjust them remotely online . . . regardless of where the car is in the world.
That means you could be at the Nürburgring in Germany, call the Koenigsegg factory in Sweden, and have technicians there change damper settings over the air to suit your preference—all without a physical connection to the car.
The Swedish supercar maker details that and much more in a new blog post about its suspension and subframe technology. The blog features all sorts of neat details on suspension geometry, anti-roll bars, and why the company doesn’t use carbon fiber to make subframes, but we’re especially fascinated by the dampers.
In addition to the remote-adjustment capability, Koenigsegg can pre-program the car to make microadjustments for ideal performance. Koenigesegg’s PR man Steven Wade explains it this way:
“Each corner can be controlled independently via these dampers for ride height, bump and rebound. If you’re heading into a corner on a track, for example, the system can be set to preload the damper half a second before that corner to provide the best grip prior to the car receiving steering input. It’s a lot of setup work, but it’s all possible.”
That means that if Koenigsegg is at the Nürburgring for testing, you can bet its engineers are setting up the car to be perfectly suited for the track.
Other cars use GPS technology in their suspensions—Teslas equipped with air springs can automatically raise and lower in certain locations—but not the way Koenigsegg does. At least, not in road cars.
Of course, if you follow Koenigsegg closely, you know that company uses all sorts of futuristic technology like this, typically in the pursuit of speed. If you love geeky engineering, check out the company’s latest blog post for more.
A version of this story originally appeared on Road & Track.