BWI Group, a worldwide braking and chassis systems specialist, has produced a lightweight and more compact version of its Active Stabiliser Bar System (ASBS) that will bring the benefits of active roll control to a wider range of vehicles.
This technology, which was originally created for large sports utility vehicles, lessens the compromise between class-leading rid quality and sharp handling.
The optimization of other components and advances in the actuators of the system allows this technology to meet the package restrictions and weight targets of smaller vehicles, including sports units and compact SUVs.
Specifically, the new technology has a weight of around 15% lesser than the original. BWI has developed a new rotary actuator that will begin production on an SUV unit in 2012. Also, a high-performance sports vehicle utilizing an active stabilizer bar system is expected to start production during the late parts of this year with the linear actuator of BWI.
According to Olivier Raynauld, Forward Engineering Controlled Suspensions manager at BWI, the company’s range of active stabiliser bar systems now provides manufacturers with even greater packaging freedom that will allow them to easily achieve optimum installation.
Raynauld added that the company’s experience has allowed it to scale down its original system greatly for smaller automobiles that do not need the extensive wheel travel and the torque of a large SUV or an off-roader.