OETTINGER TUNING AND STYLING:The History
The Oettinger story begins 55 years ago in Frankfurt, Germany. Gerhard Oettinger obtained his mechanical engineering degree and, during the end of WWII, was a test engineer working on Daimler-Benz aircraft. After the war had ended, the British army was helping the Volkswagen factory resume production of the original Beetle, and Oettinger began tuning the little dynamos. Oettinger (the company), like most tuning facilities, had its humble beginnings in a small garage belonging to Oettingers (the man) parents. The company soon outgrew its surroundings, and the multi-storied headquarters now reside in Friedrichsdorf, just outside Frankfurt, and is easily discernible from the Frankfurt-Kassel autobahn.
In 1951, the OKRASA acronym pervaded Oettinger literature. Standing for Oettinger Kraftfahrtechniche Spezialanstalt (Which means Oettinger Special Motorcars.MAX), OKRASA became well-known in the racing world as the ultimate Volkswagen Beetle tuner. Starting with building progressively larger Beetle engines, and making the transition in 1964 to working closely with the Wolfsburg factory, Oettinger had truly become a player in the German automotive aftermarket. By 1974, when the Golf was released, Oettingers relationship with the powers that be at VW had given him access to six months before their official debut. Oettingers tuning programs and conversions accompanied the cars to market.
In the late 1970s, Oettinger had progressed to the point of offering 1.8L and 2.0L conversions for the GTI and had 16-valve heads in production even before the factory considered that as an option. The OKRASA head was so good that it became the solution to VW Frances concern regarding the production of the Renault 5 Gordini. VW of France had asked the factory for a more powerful GTI and, though turbocharging would have been an option, engine bays of turbocharged 1.6L GTIs got too hot. The OKRASA head retained the standard cog-tooth belt drive, so it required no modification to the block, and it ran the second camshaft via a gear and belt off of that cam. From there, OKRASA Dipl-Ing G. Oettinger GmbH & Co AG (the company), proceeded to tune Volkswagen vehicles, adding Audi vehicles to the roster over time, and eventually changing the companys name to what it is known today, Oettinger Technik GmbH.
Oettingers philosophy can be found on its Web site, www.oettinger.de. To paraphrase: Oettinger believes that the construction of a high-performance vehicle lies not in pushing every aspect of the vehicle to its limits, but harmonizing all parts to create a better automobile without destroying what was created at the factory and came from the minds of the designers. This has been and will always be Oettingers philosophy when it comes to the end product the consumer will purchase. Peace of mind and customer satisfaction is the utmost priority.
Also, Oettinger only offers realistic performance numbers. These numbers lie at the lower end of any possible tolerances, so that no customer gets less than what he or she paid for. All conversions and parts come with a worldwide guarantee to ensure customer satisfaction. Aside from the high reliability of the engine products Oettinger develops, the products also increase output while either maintaining or improving both the emissions and fuel consumption. This environmental consideration comes by carefully modifying the software.
Developed on test and racetracks, in the tradition of careful development of systems, are the suspension systems. The elegant alloy wheels are specially designed to guarantee that there is no guesswork as to whether or not the wheels will fitthey will, since the offsets and sizing are specially designed for Volkswagens and Audis. Further, the functional body styling is developed using the same original model used by VW to design the production body pieces. This keeps Oettingers tolerances tight and all aero pieces uniform, fitting every vehicle, every time. Oettingers commitment to customer satisfaction is only outshone by its commitment to the production of high-quality, tasteful, and distinctive products.
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