Believe it! 2015 Mustang independent suspension. That's only the second time in Ford Mustang history that specifications call for a completely independent rear suspension.
Some said it would never be done again. And while the previous incarnations of the new Mustang certainly maximized the handling of the conventional solid rear axle suspension, the new 2015 Mustang takes the next generation (sixth generation ) pony car's road manners to world class levels.
The sixth generation Mustang is boldly stepping up and taking on the likes of Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Audi as well as it's usual North American competitors, the Chevy Camaro and Dodge Challenger.
The new 2015 Mustang independent suspension features a completely new integral link independent suspension, including the addition of light weight aluminum rear knuckles, which in addition to changes in the front strut assemblies reduce unsprung weight. And that translates into better responsiveness, handling and ride quality.
Normally, in a high performance car, when you are on the gas hard, the front end will lift, affecting weight balance and handling. And if you've ever had to brake hard, you'll remember the nose of your car tries to dive itself down into the pavement, also negatively affecting balance and stability. Standing on the gas can also cause the car to squat, or seem to flatten itself down towards the ground upsetting handling and stability as well as forcing the suspension to the very bottom of it's travel, making for a harsh ride.
But ford tell us that the new 2015 Mustang independent suspension and front double ball-bearing McPherson strut system has allowed them to reduce squat, dive and lift by 200%.
Complementing the new rear geometry is the also new for 2015 double ball-joint MacPherson Strut suspension system, not only allowing for more precise and longer lasting components, but provides a platform for larger, more powerful brake components.
While Ford has not provided a great amount of detailed information about the 2015 Ford's new hardware, this is not new out-of-the-box technology. In fact, GM came out with a similar looking double ball joint McPHerson suspension appearing on the 2010 Buick LaCrosse, which they coined the "Hiper Strut front suspension".
While you might think that having 2 ball joints would be an idea to increase surface area and maybe make for longer wear in the front end, the layout of the system provides a way for the center strut to remain at dead center, with a small casting bracket bolting to both, the top and bottom attachments, to which the upper and lower hub mounting bracket locators are attached. Rather than simply pivoting along that center line, they mount to the castings via an upper and lower ball joint.
In this way, a better kingpin axis is created and maintained throughout
wheel travel. The strut now only defines the movement of the road
surface (up and down) while the new system is independent from the strut
and even allows for a simple camber adjustment via an eccentric cam
bolt located in the upper area of the casting mount.
From my perspective, it seems that there may also be the opportunity for an improvement in the turning car's turning circle. The main benefits seen in the GM system should translate in the 2015 Mustang independent suspension to an improvement in both driver feedback and on center feel.
effort should also be improved beyond the benefits to come with the new
2015 Mustang independent suspension. Conventional struts need to pivot
the entire unit, since the top strut mount is also the pivot for the top
of the hub in a conventional McPherson strut. the new systems now fix
the upper strut to the chassis and the new assembly pivots on the much
lower/relocated upper ball joint.
Finally, the entire strut no longer needs to pivot in order to make a turn, meaning the weight that must be moved when turning the wheel is decreased the which handling afficiandos will know, means better overall handling and feedback,
There's a lot more to the new sixth generation pony car and the 2015 Ford Mustang section is where to find it.
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