from the Carlsson Webiste.
Carlsson Racer successfully ends the 2006 season at the Nürburgring
· More than 8,000 kilometres raced
· 2nd place in the SP 6 Class up to 3.5 l for the Carlsson CK35 RS in the 2006 Long Distance Trophy
With a length of 24.433 km and a height difference of 300 m, the Nürburgring was repeatedly a challenge and a delight for the Carlsson Racing Team in 2006. Ex-Formula 1 Champion Jackie Stewart once described the Nürburgring as a 'Green Hell' and the Carlsson CK35 RS has been at home at this legendary circuit since 2005. Carlsson enters the racing car, which is based on the new Mercedes SLK 350, in the SP6 Class of the BF Goodrich Long Distance Trophy. 2006 was the most successful season to date. After 300 laps of the North Loop, which equals around 8,000 kilometres, the Carlsson Team took 2nd place in the battle for the SP 6 class. Previously successful racing teams with Porsche 911 GT3 and BMW M3 cars were firmly put in their place. Nevertheless, the year was characterised by numerous ups and downs.
A review of a successful season
After the first race, the 55th ADAC Westphalia Race, had been cancelled due to ice at the end of March 2006, drivers Rainer Brückner, Mario Ketterer and Peter Brings drove the CK 35 RS, many details of which had been modified on the basis of lessons learnt the previous season, to second place in the SP6 Class, just five seconds behind the class winner, and 13th place overall in the 31st DMV 4 Hours Race at the beginning of April. Thus the foundation for a successful season had been laid. After starting from a promising second place in the SP6 Class, a transmission defect put paid to the car's prospects in the 48th ADAC-ACAS-H&R Cup on 22 April. Nevertheless, several fast lap times demonstrated the potential of the CK35 RS. At the third race, the 37th Adenauer ADAC Circuit Trophy in May 2006, the Carlsson Team battled its way from 8th to 4th place in its class before the race was prematurely stopped due to numerous accidents caused by rain.
At the 46th ADAC Reinoldus Long Distance Race on 8 July 2006, the CK 35 RS flew from the track during a furious attempt to catch up. Despite this disappointment, it was able to put numerous Porsche GT3 and BMW M3 cars in their place at the 29th RCM-DMV Border Country Race. 2nd place in the SP6 Class showed clearly that victory is easily on the cards when everything runs well.
Carlsson takes the wheel himself in the second half of the season
Ingvar Carlsson took the wheel for the first time in the 2006 season at the 6-hour ADAC Ruhr Trophy Race on 26 August. Together with teammates Frank Steinmeier and Rainer Brückner, he not only clocked the fasted lap in the SP6 Class but also took the class lead. This was also the first time that a new, sequential six-speed manual transmission had been used successfully. Also, a newly developed set of brake components proved their worth. And this reflects the active transfer from the racetrack to the road. Unfortunately, Ingvar Carlsson was reminded that this work also involves direct contact with the inability of others at the 38th Barbarossa Prize on 30 September. After starting from a highly promising 3rd place in the SP6 Class, he was forced to retire after becoming involved through no fault of his own in an accident just two laps into the race. What would have been possible without this misfortune? The answer came relatively quickly at the following race, the 30th DMV 250 Mile Race on 14 October 2006: after starting from sixth place, the Carlsson Team reeled in the competition to take 3rd place in its class, only a hair's breadth behind the second-place car, and set the fastest SP6 Class lap with just 9:22.031.
Extremely encouraging: the racing engine of the CK35 RS ran in all of the 18 races (2005 and 2006) since the start of its development without the slightest hiccup: a positive sign for Carlsson customers and the TUV-approved CK 35 performance kit for all current 3.5 litre Mercedes engines, on which this racing development is based.
The Carlsson Racer was forced to retire during the last race of the season on 28 October, which gave it 2nd place in the SP6 Class at the end of the 2006 season and represents an unequivocal challenge for the competition in 2007: we'll be back!
Carlsson components are race tested
"We test our developments on the race track and the CK35 RS shows clearly that, with our automotive innovations developed in cooperation with our partners, Dunlop, Eibach, KW, Fuchs, ATE and APP, we produce first-class technical solutions. And, in the last analysis, our customers also profit from our racetrack successes because we supply tried and tested technology that offers greater driving pleasure and performance for road use", explains Rolf Hartge, Managing Director of Carlsson Autotechnik GmbH.
The Carlsson CK35 RS disposes of the sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.6 seconds and, thanks to the modified cylinder heads, optimised combustion chambers and new induction-manifold transitions, the 3.5 litre V6 now produces 350 bhp. Numerous other components, such as racing clutch, transmission and brake systems make the CK 35 fit for the racetrack. The engine ran without a hitch from the word go. "This is a also a positive sign for our customers", says Rolf Hartge, "because we offer this engine in TUV-approved kit form for all current 3.5 litre Mercedes engines." Many other components from the inventory of the Saarland-based tuning company are to be found on the Carlsson CK35 RS racing car. The sports-exhaust system with metallic catalytic converter and the adjustable suspension system are also available for road use, as are the ATE high-performance braking system and Carlsson's 1/16 UL lightweight forged wheels from the Ultralight range. The constant improvements, the high production quality and the race-proven reliability of all components form the basis for Carlsson's international success.
Race diary 2007
24 March 2007: VLN Test Drive
31 March 2007: 55th ADAC Westphalia Race
14 April 2007: 32nd DMV 4 Hours Race
28 April 2007: 49th ADAC H&R Cup
12 May 2007: 38th Adenauer ADAC Circuit Trophy
26 May 2007: 47th ADAC Reinoldus Long Distance Race
18 August 2007: 30th RCM DMV Border Country Race
15 September 2007: 6h ADAC Ruhr Trophy Race
29 September 2007: 39th ADAC Barbarossa Prize
13 October 2007: 31st DMV 250 Miles Race
27 October 2007: 32nd DMV Münsterland Trophy
24 Hours Race:
9 - 10 June 2007