By A. Staniforth
Pageant vehicle suspensions are an essential factor for profitable functionality. This 3rd variation has been absolutely up to date to mirror the most recent advancements and innovative alterations in racing expertise, and within the ideas of racing. Staniforth explains the speculation and perform of profitable suspension engineering, and explores in an easy-to-understand and readable variety how and why suspension platforms paintings. comprises assurance of the banning of energetic suspensions. up-to-date & extended third ed.
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So good that development of the Count's original, C19th version, was used by Chapman as mentioned and even a bolt-on-off version was tried by a Seventies Ferrari Formula One car. Offers choice of leaving the gearbox at the front or of making it integral with the final drive. _~ J~~_ Swing axle. The first truly independently sprung driven rear wheels. Chassis mounted differential and driveshafts solid with the wheels. Looks hopeful but performs appallingly despite Professor Porsche's choite of it for the People's Wagon, the pre-War Auto Union racers and Britain's postwar Herald.
And the car sees it partially as an extra spring. For those wishing to fit design or redesign an anti-roll bar there is very full explanation in Chapter Eight including methods of calculation with the necessary formulae courtesy of David Gould, the amateur designer/builder whose first honeycomb monocoque car took the British Hillclimb Championship outright in its debut season with anti-roll bars of his own calculation front and rear. It is not always fully understood that the stiffest or most roll resistant end of the car receives the major part of any weight transfer.
At least in its initial stages, this design problem is a relatively simple one governed by three factors: A) The running ground clearance of the vehicle B) The amount of suspension movement that is either required or can be tolerated C) The wheel frequency that will provide or deal with A and B above. Note that there has been no reference as yet to "spring rate" Low ground clearance, as typified by the Porsche 956 Le Mans car. The all-conquering 956 featured full length ground effect venturis which run either side of a mandatory flat bottom area under the cockpit.