Magnetic Ride Control is the latest development in the search for the perfect balance between handling and ride comfort. It’s the fastest-reacting suspension system available today. This reactive suspension system can read the road a thousand times per second and automatically adjust your shock absorbers. There are three main components to the Magnetic Ride Control system: a single-tube damper on each wheel filled with magnetorheological fluid, a set of sensors, and an electronic control unit to coordinate the system. Let’s break that down.
There’s some pretty amazing science involved in this suspension system. Normal shock absorbers operate by pistons and hydraulic fluid. With Magnetic Ride Control, each shock absorber is filled with that magnetorheological fluid we mentioned, which is a unique polymer that includes a large number of small magnetized iron particles. The shocks are each wrapped in electromagnetic coils, so that the system can send an electrical charge right through the magnetorheological fluid. This makes the fluid instantly alter its viscosity, so that it can go from a free-flowing fluid state, to a nearly solid state almost like rubber. The most recent generation of this technology contains a piston with two coils and two small fluid passages. The electromagnets can create a variable magnetic field across these two passages, and the electronic control unit tells them whether the shocks need to become firm or fluid.
Because of this electronic control unit, Magnetic Ride Control also reacts much faster to road conditions than traditional hydraulic shock absorbers. The vehicle is fitted with sensors and a computer that reads the road ahead up to 1,000 times per second. While the driving conditions are leisurely and smooth, the polymer remains in its fluid state. When the system detects conditions that require firm suspension, it sends the electric current through the polymer and the magnetorheological fluid firms up. The strength of the electric current dictates the strength of the bond between magnetized iron particles, which means it controls the stiffness of the suspension, too. In their more solid state, the shock absorbers allow for tighter cornering and mitigate the vehicle’s body movement. In past generations, there was only one current fitted, so there was a bit of lag as drivers waited for the suspension to loosen up as the polymer returned to its natural fluid state. The third generation of Magnetic Ride Control technology has added a second wire to the system. Now one wire can shock the polymer into its solid state, and the other can switch it back to fluid state, because the iron particles in the fluid create a fibrous structure that goes in the same direction as the magnetic field. The driver now has more control than ever over the firmness or compliancy of the ride.
The purpose behind this system to to improve ride quality while also enhancing your vehicle’s cornering abilities. It manages the position of the vehicle’s wheels and keeps body movement under control. Because of this effect, it’s become a safety feature on many new Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles. Not only does it make your ride more comfortable, but it helps keep you in control. Because it minimizes body roll movement, your cornering capabilities are vastly improved over older suspension systems. You can set the desired suspension for Tour, Sport, or Track/Race, which gives you soft suspension, firm suspension, and very stiff suspension respectively. This is an important feature for sports cars, but it makes a surprising difference on less sporty vehicles, as well. Since it debuted in the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, it’s undergone three generational upgrades and become standard equipment for several Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles. These days, you can find it equipped on the Chevrolet Camaro, but it’s also standard on the new Cadillac Escalade and other luxury vehicles.
Magnetic Ride Control Available in Forest Lake, MN
Magnetic Ride Control produces a smooth ride on rough road surfaces. It can reduce vibrations and improve ride quality over cracks and potholes, as well as giving you better turning capabilities. If you’d like to give this high-tech suspension system a try, stop by our dealership in Forest Lake, MN. We have a number of sports and luxury cars on our lot for you to take for a test drive. If you love the ride quality and can’t bear to part with the car, we have great low prices to make your wallet comfortable, too. Plus, all of our new vehicles include our free Lifetime Powertrain Warranty, to help keep your new vehicle in great shape as long as you own it. You can check out our inventory online, and give us a call if you have questions. We’re located near North Branch, Roseville, and White Bear Lake, so stop by soon!
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