Magnetic Ride Control is, to put it simply, one of the most advanced suspension systems on the road today. While it may seem complicated at first glance, the system itself is fairly straightforward. We here at Diamond Auto Group have a quick and easy-to-understand explanation of what Magnetic Ride Control is and how it works.
First, Magnetic Ride Control is made up of four main parts: an Electronic Control Unit, sensors, polymer fluid with magnetized iron particles, and electromagnetic coils.
The Electronic Control Unit and sensors are responsible for reading changes in the road. Capable of reading road conditions up to 1,000 times per second, the system can automatically adjust to bumps, cracks, and potholes in an instant. That makes for a smoother ride and provides improved handling.
Each shock absorber contains a special polymer fluid that is filled with magnetized iron particles. The electromagnetic coils wrap around the shock absorbers, directing an electric charge into the fluid. When the electric charge reaches the magnetized iron particles, the fluid changes its viscosity instantly, ranging from a free-flowing liquid to a rubber-like solid.
Today, Magnetic Ride Control is a standard feature in a number of General Motors vehicles, including the new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. A beneficial technology both on the track and bumpy country roads, it’s just another way General Motors is making driving more comfortable.