Pfadt Race Engineering has had tremendous success in the motorsports world as a premier manufacturer of suspension components for C5/C6/Z06 Corvette and Camaro platforms. One of the few people who know them better, is 4 time Le Mans winner and ALMS Corvette Racing driver Johnny O’Connell. As many of you already know Johnny is the most successful American Le Mans Series driver in its history, and has been intimately involved with Corvette Racing since its early stages.
It is safe to say that Johnny knows how cars, and more specifically Corvettes and Camaros, should handle and behave on a race track. It is for this reason that Pfadt would like to announce the soon-to-be released Johnny O’Connell Signature Suspension line by Pfadt Race Engineering.
Johnny and Pfadt are kicking off this great relationship with a “Stage 1″ package that contains a set of tuned Sport Sway Bars and bolt-in Shock replacements for each corner. We recently scheduled a test day here at Miller Motorsports Park to nail down the specifics of each component and tune the balance that this package will provide. The video below helps explain exactly what our goals were and the results of both of our efforts.
It was a long test day, but many sessions were required to get a good baseline and step-by-step comparison of all parts/adjustments. We tried many different sway bar combinations and damper valving configurations, and at the end of the day we had solid data showing us exactly where the Johnny O’Connell suspension needs to fall in terms of performance and drivability.
As Johnny has stated before : “When we improve cars, it doesn’t mean you have to be a racecar driver, it actually means the opposite. It makes the car easier to drive.” This is a philosophy we engineer into all of our suspension products. The Johnny O’Connell signature suspension is the epitome of street driving performance. Upgrading these components will give your Corvette a better balanced, better performing and more easily managed suspension on the street, as well as the track.
The first of these stages are due to be released in November.