Our Passion is discovering and integrating the secrets of Suspension Truth to sculpt
'The Perfect Ride'- whatever that may mean for you.
Our Approach blends science and art,
creating exquisite suspension solutions that harmonize you with your vehicle.
Our Commitment is to deliver an unsurpassed ownership experience,
whether your goals are ultimate comfort, sublime performance or something in between.
The Fat Cat Motorsports Vision for "Durable Design", Part 1 (video) and short FCM history (clicking on image opens a new browser window)
"The ride is sophisticated. Nicer than stock. The handling is almost supernatural.
No autocross here, but lots of mountain roads and I've never any fear of weird bumps or transitions in mid-corner.
The car now deals with those bumps very quickly - no drama. There's always plenty of traction coming out of the corners.
I'm convinced that Shaikh is an actual genius. He's also a nice guy, approachable, enthusiastic." - Spencer W.
"The increase in performance was amazing while still maintaining good street manners.
With the slight drop and higher spring rates, I can load up my bike rack and back out of the driveway without scraping.
It's exactly what the NC should have been from the factory." - Joe N.
Welcome to Fat Cat Motorsports, home of 'The Perfect Ride' and Suspension Truth.
We focus on optimizing people's relationships with their vehicles.
Instead of looking at a car's suspension as a collection of parts, we have come to an understanding
of Suspension Truth that integrates many aspects of a vehicle in order to deliver a superlative driving experience.
With over 500 uniquely designed and individually tailored FCM Elite suspensions for a wide variety of vehicles,
we are proud to call ourselves Suspension Sculptors.
What Makes Us Unique
Simply put, we're passionate about creating ride and handling magic! There is no other area that affects an owner or passenger's experience more than how well (or poorly) the suspension is tuned. It's also an area filled with much mystique so we do our best to educate via this website, our Suspension Truth Youtube channel and free newsletter, and other shared resources (suspension spreadsheets, technical data, etc.).
Our experience includes training in physics, engineering, applied data acquisition/sensors, and mathematical modeling plus lots of 'butt-dyno' real-world testing. We're proud of our Roehrig 2VS shock dynamometer which tests every shock we build. We love to drive, calm or spirited, and if you're reading this, you probably do too. There's also a deep passion for the arts that has helped us integrate concepts across various fields, blending hard science with a human touch.
FCM Suspension Truth "How Shocks Work" video series
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You'll find our 'How Shocks Work' playlist (4 videos, about 20 minutes total) useful and unconventional. Shaikh explains simply and graphically how a shock absorber works and shares information automakers probably don't want you to know about.
FCM Suspension Truth bump stop video series
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Our FCM bump stops video playlist is also recommended viewing, though we encourage you to start with our shocks series. Bump stops are the next most critical part of the suspension and you will love or hate your car's ride or handling based on how the shock absorbers and bump stops are designed. We specialize in diagnosing what's wrong and optimizing to your needs.
We have also designed unique and exceptionally effective shock mount kits available for our favorite sportscar of all time, the Mazda Miata. These FCM shock mount kits can be used for increased street comfort or sharper track handling (they really do provide both!). We're proud to be an official supplier to Mazdaspeed Motorsports and the SCCA / NASA Spec Miata racing series. You can read FCM shock mount testimonials here.
'Oh my God, this is amazing!' - an enthusiastic FCM Elite owner review
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Our true passion in our FCM Elite products and unique consultation process (11 min video). We start with a Bilstein shock absorber for whatever vehicle you're using, then change the internal shock damping to suit your needs. In some cases, like Mazda Miata, RX-8, Porsches, BMW, Honda S2000 and other vehicles, we can provide a complete bolt-in coilover solution. Adding ride height adjustment, custom tailored bump stops for your application, different spring rates and other recommendations are made during the consultation process. Visit our dedicated FCM Elite page to learn more.
"The ride and handling of the car are phenomenal, even my wife is amazed at how well the car rides.
It soaks up irregularities in the road and even though I've aimed for all the pot holes, cracks and dips I can find the car is never harsh.
With uneven pavement the car just smooths everything out.
The improvement in the handling characteristics are nothing short of amazing but
the ride quality given the spring rates is even more impressive in my opinion.
At the auto-x today the car was just unflappable.
Very neutral and very easy to throttle steer which is exactly what I had told Shaikh I wanted...
All in all going with the Fat Cat's was the best modification I've ever done on any car, they've exceeded all of my expectations." - Michael F.
We've also designed custom-made, single- and double-adjustable shock hardware which we can integrate with any Bilstein shock. Our FCM Elite single-adjustable is a high-quality chromed stainless steel shaft, gun-drilled to allow damping adjustment. Our FCM Elite double-adjustable use an innovative, third-generation design that provides extremely effective low-speed compression damping adjustment with a very wide force range. This is the 'Holy Grail' of automotive suspension, independent low-speed compression and rebound adjustment, ideal for the most demanding race applications.
Though we love to race, you do not have to be a racer yourself in order to benefit from our experience.
Touring or GT drivers will find amazing comfort with supple handling. Sport/Dual Purpose enthusiasts will discover an incredible level of performance with unsurpassed ride quality. For those dedicated Racers/Extreme who only care about lap times and ultimate grip, you will find more grip than you expected while dancing with confidence on the edge of adhesion.
"Our initial phone call to Shaikh and Fat Cat Motorsports was almost 2 years ago,
and it is hard to believe that Shaikh remembered "that" call. He made us realize that there are no stupid questions.
He listens when you talk, and that is one of the most important things to us.
My husband and I have both worked for most of our lives in the customer service industry,
and Shaikh's customer service is second to none." - Ruth M.
If you're passionate about your vehicle and want the most harmonized, optimized, 'perfect ride' possible -
Welcome to the FCM Elite. "Get in."