Sunday February 20th, 2011 16:32 2012 Lamborghini Aventador Suspension: Race Car precision

Lamborghini Aventador Suspension 2012

When Signore Lamborghini created the Lamborghini Motorcar Company 48 years ago, his focus was on creating gran turismo sports cars that did not have their origins in the world of racing. The Lamborghinis of recent decades have made U-turns away from that philosophy, embodying numerous elements from the race track in their design and engineering. At the Geneva Motor Show in March of 2011, the tentatively named Aventador will be unveiled. The Aventador supplants the Murcielago as the preeminent force of nature in the Lamborghini stable of cars. The Aventador is a 700 hp race car that can be driven on the streets, and it has incorporated the most advanced race car suspension design into its engineering.

The suspension for the Aventador has been basically extracted from one-seat race cars and retuned to make it more suitable for street wear. The foundation of the suspension will employ a horizontally mounted pushrod spring and damper setting as opposed to the conventional vertical mounting. The Lamborghini suspension has aluminium, double wishbone configuration. This space age technology can be very gratifying when cruising at the Aventador’s top speed of 370 kph, or 217 mph.

The Lamborghini suspension does not locate the springs and dampers on the wheel mounts. They are transversely positioned. Rockers mediate the force from the wheel mounts to the springs. Handling is therefore considerably more responsive, and rigid connection to the chassis facilitates more precise spring and damper reaction. Additionally, springs are not quite as stiff as they have been on previous Lamborghinis, which creates a more comfortable, flexible ride as well as a more precise ride. The upper and lower control arms relay levers and wheel mounts are all made from aluminium alloy, which is less stiff than steel and further increases flexibility. Hydraulic lifters have also been incorporated into the shocks, and these lifters can raise the car 40 millimetres at the push of a button to ride over minor obstacles.

The new Lamborghini suspension is a remarkably bold and innovative advance in sports car handling technology.

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