For S. Spiess Motorenbau GmbH, the design and production of high-performance motor-racing engines represents the main focus. A long time ago, the renowned company based in Ditzingen, not far from Stuttgart, established as Global Player. In the 1960s, successful racing driver and tuner Siegfried Spiess laid the foundation for S. Spiess Motorenbau GmbH and today, his son Holger is at the helm of the company as Managing Director (CEO).
Spiess can hark back to the huge wealth of experiences gathered in many years. As early as in the early 1970s, the Spiess experts gathered experience with power units provided by numerous manufacturers and featuring different designs. From NSU to VW, from Audi to Opel: if an engine is supposed to be turned into a motor-racing power unit, Spiess represents one of the top choices. In the most sophisticated environment, featuring everything from design and development work stations through CNC milling machines to state-of-the-art dynamic test rigs, the Spiess experts design and manufacture high-tech products.
Despite the enormous expansion, terms such as ‘lean management’ or ‘customer intimacy’ are not only a matter of course when it comes to the business principles – for Spiess, they also represent a necessity. Motor racing means speed, serenity, control, moving at the very limit. In a race, the smallest mistake can make for the difference between winning and losing. Therefore, the Spiess engineers always are on site at the racetracks to provide the Spiess customers with their services – and this applies to circuits all over the world as the racing engines from Ditzingen celebrate race wins not only in Europe but also In Argentina, Australia or Asia.
The key factor allowing Spiess to again and again enter new areas is the company’s flexibility. For many years, Spiess specialised in the design and manufacturing of Formula 3 engines but since the mid-1990s, they also produce racing engines for other categories: two-litre engines for numerous Super Touring Car championships, power units for the British Touring Car Championship, the V8 engine of the DTM Vectra GTS or the eight-cylinder engine that powered the Opel coupe on its way to winning the Nürburgring 24-Hour Race and the trend-setting diesel engine the VW Race Touareg relied on when securing its wins in the Dakar Rally – the whole lot of them high-performance engines made by Spiess.
But not only professional motor racing benefits from the know-how of the Ditzingen based company, as Spiess Motorenbau GmbH gets more and more orders for other areas. “With our experience, our experts and the technical equipment of the company, we can supply many industries with everything from single copies to small-batch-series,” underlines Holger Spiess.
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|Design of completely new engines or the enhancement of existing power units –inventive spirit, courage, extensive team work and our huge wealth of represent the basis for innovative results.|
|Precision components or the refinement of existing components, single copy or small-batch series, solid material or cast material – a diversified service range thanks to an ambitious mix of know-how and new developments.|
|Out there on the racetrack, the smallest mistake can be crucial. Therefore, special emphasis is placed to a gapless and absolutely precise quality control. No part will be installed without having been subjected to an extremely strict examination.|
|The engines are individual custom products and are assembled in the heart of the company by a highly qualified team. Here, quality instead of quantity represents the yardstick.|
|Here, the process represented by development and design, production and manufacturing comes full circle. On the test rigs, the components or the entire project have to definitively demonstrate if they meet the highest standards.|