By A. Staniforth
Festival vehicle suspensions are a necessary factor for successful functionality. This 3rd variation has been totally up to date to mirror the newest advancements and progressive adjustments in racing expertise, and within the principles of racing. Staniforth explains the idea and perform of profitable suspension engineering, and explores in an easy-to-understand and readable variety how and why suspension structures paintings. comprises insurance of the banning of energetic suspensions. up-to-date & multiplied third ed.
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This is not as unlikely as it sounds, for an excellent and reliable guide to the handling performance of a car has, for some considerable time, been that one near its best will be sensitive to small anti-roll bar adjustments. If it requires or is not even responsive to large adjustments, something else is badly wrong, needing to be located and corrected. As tyres have begun to take over a greater and greater part of the function of the suspension having flex and frequencies of their own (a major and separate study) they have permitted a further stiffening of springs especially on really good surfaces.
It was good enough to grace a number of Chapman's Lotus models including arguably one of the greatest of them all - the beautiful, aerodynamic and hugely successful early Mk XI that came out of the Fifties. (usually with transverse torsion bar as much for ease of construction as anything). This has really only one virtue, that of a low roll centre at ground level, together with a major shortcoming - wheels assume the same angle as the vehicle in roll and there is no way of eliminating this. Nevertheless, it was used on the BRM V16 Grand Prix car and carried Aston Martin to the first and until 1987 only World Sports Car Championship victory for Britain.
Air flowing under the car spells trouble and drag, while discouraging the flow helps the creation of negative pressure beneath the car - downforce. So the needle noses of Formula One cars creep ever nearer the deck and the full width noses of SportsPrototypes use splitters or scrapers as well as low clearances to help ensure that as much air as possible goes over the top rather than underneath. Such tiny clearances dictate minimal suspension movement or the rubbing plates (or, worse still, the composite material of the tub or the rivets holding on the undertray) are all too soon seriously attacked by the tarmac as the full effect of downforce and, in the early stages, full tanks push the car nearer to the road.
Competition Car Suspension Design, Construction, Tuning by A. Staniforth