It’s been over a decade since General Motors debuted Magnetic Ride Control and it’s quickly become one of the most advanced suspension systems on the road. While the system is incredibly advanced, how it works is fairly easy to explain. Here at Nehls Chevrolet, we have an easy-to-understand explanation of Magnetic Ride Control!
Magnetic Ride Control is the fastest reacting suspension system to hit roadways. By using an Electronic Control Unit and sensors that read road conditions as many as 1,000 times per second, the system can automatically adjust shock absorbers accordingly. The system can read every pothole, crack, twist, bump, and dip a split second before the car rolls over it. Overall, Magnetic Ride Control offers a smoother ride, less vibrations, and improved handling.
How the system works is a tad more complicated.
Each shock absorber is filled with a polymer fluid that includes magnetized iron particles. The shock absorbers are wrapped in electromagnetic coils and, when an electric charge shoots through the liquid, the fluid can change it viscosity instantly. That means the free-flowing fluid can become a solid rubber in next to no time at all.
That means hitting the country road can be smooth driving while hitting the track will bring optimized handling. Originally debuting in the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, Magnetic Ride Control is available on a variety of GM vehicles, including the new Camaro ZL1.