Vauxhall VXR8 GTS is now riding on MagneRide suspension

Article by Anita Panait, on October 24, 2013

The Vauxhall VXR8 GTS super-saloon will feature BWI Group’s third-generation MagneRide suspension that mixes in track-day handling with road-car comfort.  The Magnetic Ride Control system of the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS uses MagneRide suspension, which features Magneto Rheological (MR) damper fluid that contains tiny iron particles that can be temporarily magnetized by energizing electrical coils in the damper piston.

Applying a current magnetizes the tiny iron particles, making them attracted to each other in proportion to the strength of the magnetic field. This leads to an increase in the resistance to flow and stiffens the damping.

This provides the ability to vary the damping force almost instantaneously, just by varying the current applied. The twin-wire dual-coil (TWDC) MagneRide units adjust their damping 1,000 times per second to provide the optimum control and response in any driving condition.

The previous single electrical coil in each damper in the TWDC system is now replaced by two smaller coils for a faster ‘current-off’ performance, leading to a quicker transient response. The new dual-coil architecture likewise provides extended dynamic range -- a ‘softer soft’ and a ‘harder hard’ -- that could withstand the extremes of track-day driving without compromising road-car comfort.

Drivers can select between Touring, Sport and Track settings using a Driver Preference Dial that controls other aspects of the Vauxhall VXR8 GTS like exhaust note, steering calibration and traction control settings. The supersaloon is developed by Holden Special Vehicles and will be available in the United Kingdom as a Vauxhall later this year. It boasts of a maximum power of 577bhp (430kW) and peak torque of 740Nm. [source: Vauxhall]

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