NEUSPEED has been a leader in the import performance parts scene since the late 70s with
the VW golf and GTI. Thier suspension parts, springs, and exhaust, set the mark.
Fast forward to the new millennium and they're still
going strong with new lines for Honda and Acura. Being based in Southern
California, they've helped shaped the the import scene to what it is today
and will continue to do so into the the new millennium With their large
R&D facility and warehouse in California, they develop and manufacture
some of the top performance products in the industry. Their attention
to quality and detail has earned them ISO 9000 certification and their
products have exceeded TUV, DIN, and SAE quality standards.
Their chassis dyno with its full instrumentation is used to thoroughly test
and evaluate all engine modifications parts before any product is offered
for sale. That's why they are able to accurately state horsepower figures
that have been derived from many test on their project carts. This is
the best test because the parts are in the car exactly as you would use
them. And installed of another company's best guess, they give you
the exact information. Briefly, a chassis dyno measures road horsepower
where an engine is bolted to an engine stand and measured at the flywheel
(factory quoted hp figures). In these tests, there are no drive shafts,
axles, transmission, alternator, air conditioner compressor, power steering
pump, water pump, etc. or exact exhaust pipe configuration, all of which
can reduce a 100hp engine dyno test down to 77 useable horsepower at the
wheels. So when you see their hp figures, this is an accurate gauge
of what you can expect from your own car.
Neumann's tuning experience goes back to the early days of hot roding
with the Model "A" restoration in 1947 when he was only 15.
Then came a modified '39 Ford convertible, followed by his famous '31
Roadster, complete with handmade headers and body panels, and a new detailing
innovation now known as billet accessories.
1975-With the muscle car era in full swing, Bill Neumann and his two
sons, Gary and Aaron started dyno-tuning and custom engine building in
1975, in a mall 2,000 square foot building in Burbank, California. Bill
had already established his name in the automotive community during his
employment at Petersen Publishing, where he served as editor of Rod and
Custom magazine in the early 1960's
In 1980 Bill made a trip to Germany to visit some leading tuners and explore
exporting opportunities. He returned home with a complete Oettinger 16v
cylinder head and mated it to a 1972cc Volkswagen block that he bored
and stroked. He immediately installed the motor into a U.S. spec Rabbit,
and upgraded the suspension and interior with his custom made
parts. Motor Trend testers were so impressed, they quickly branded the
finished product the "Thunder Bunny."
the late 1980's, the Neumanns began looking for other avenues to expand
their business. The Volkswagen performance parts market was slowing down,
reflecting the declining sales of new Volkswagen cars the U.S. Around
Southern California lowered Honda CRXs and Civics were gaining popularity
and the Neumanns were receiving more inquiries for their Honda parts.
In 1989, they decided to expand the NEUSPEED brand to include Acura and
From their small shop in Burbank, the Neumann family helped jump-start
the front-wheel drive tuning craze in America. Bill never imagined that
his single project car would lead to such an overwhelming, sustained response
by enthusiastic Volkswagen and Honda owners.
Today, the company occupies an 18,000 square foot office/warehouse/R&D
facility in Camarillo, California, 1 hour north of the original Burbank
building. With over 20 employees on the payroll, They are the largest
supplier of high performance water-cooled Volkswagen parts in the United
States, and a leading supplier of Acura and Honda performance parts.
For more information on their products, visit their website at Neuspeed