While active suspension systems have been around for decades, they never gained much traction outside of racing and high-end cars. They usually were too expensive to use more commonly. Also, the required array of sensors and servomechanisms for the hydraulic systems added weight and needed a lot of power.
Even the highly desirable abilities to suppress body roll while providing comfort and control weren’t seen as enough of a benefit to make that trade. The added complexity also had a negative influence on reliability and serviceability of these systems – or rather made occurring issues expensive.
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We’ve seen a number of innovations in recent years in the use of carbon-fibre reinforced plastics (CFRP) and glass reinforced plastics (GRP) for lightweight suspension parts, and it’s a trend that the industry expects to continue. We’ve also seen the development of active and intelligent suspension systems, and in the future can expect to see electronically controlled and regenerative systems entering the market.
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Automotive IQ discusses the latest developments in automotive suspension systems with Dr. Thomas Schmitz, Global Core Suspension Manager Chassis Engineering at Ford-Werke GmbH in Germany.
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The growing complexity of integrating suspension systems demands a deeper knowledge on customer needs and actual trends, sensor technology and vehicle dynamics challenges.
Dr. Thomas Schmitz, Global Suspension Manager at Ford Motor Company in Germany, made this exclusive presentation on the topic of "Optimization of suspension characteristics using the example of the 50th anniversary Mustang".
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Dr. Thomas Schmitz, Global Core Suspension Manager Chassis Engineering at Ford-Werke, shares his presentation on optimizing suspension systems using analytical methods. Read here more.