Every automaker has their own suspension system, but few are as advanced as Magnetic Ride Control. One of the most complex systems in the industry, Magnetic Ride Control puts its competition to shame and provides one of the most comfortable rides possible. Here’s a quick breakdown of Magnetic Ride Control from us here at Jack Schmitt Chevrolet.
Known as the quickest reacting suspension system in the world, Magnetic Ride Control uses an Electronic Control Unit and many, many sensors to read the road up to 1,000 times per second. With that amount of information, the system can deduce and adjust to every pothole, crack, and other abnormalities in the road. Overall, the system improves the ride quality and handling, while simultaneously reducing vibrations.
In order to provide a smooth ride, Magnetic Ride Control features shock absorbers that are filled with magnetized iron particles. Electromagnetic coils wrap around the shock absorbers and, when an electric charge is sent through the particles, they can change their viscosity instantaneously. That means the fluid inside the shock absorbers can change from a free-flowing liquid to a dense rubber-like substance in a split second.
Magnetic Ride Control first debuted in the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS and has since spread to the rest of the General Motors lineup. The upcoming Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and Corvette are just two models that feature the suspension system thanks to its versatility on the track and public roadways.