The suspension setting helps protect from damaging potholes which have cost the US $3 billion a year.
Ford just announced their new Fusion V6 Sport comes with specialized computer-controlled shock absorbers. The tech has been installed to protect the car from damaging potholes.
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According to Ford, damaging potholes have previously cost $3 billion a year to drivers in the US. So the new Fusion V6 has pothole protection technology. Ford claims although potholes may be unavoidable but they have a way to make them less jarring.
Fusion V6 Sport is also the first Ford car equipped with the technology. The computer-controlled shock absorber system will be standard feature in the Ford Fusion V6.
The Ford Fusion will be the first midsize sedan in its class to feature this technology. Ford claims the tech also protects the wallet of the driver since it saves cost. Currently neither the Honda Accord nor the Toyota Camry offers an advanced suspension system.
Jason Michener is a damping engineering expert at Ford. According to Michener, their new pothole mitigation technology works by actually detecting potholes. The tech then catches the car’s wheels before it has a chance to drop all the way into the pothole.
“The new Fusion V6 Sport substantially reduces the harsh impact potholes often deliver,” says Jason Michener, Ford continuously controlled damping engineering expert.
“Our new pothole mitigation technology works by actually detecting potholes and ‘catching’ the car’s wheel before it has a chance to drop all the way into the pothole.”
In addition the Ford Fusion V6 will feature a 2.7-liter twin-turbocharged V6 EcoBoost engine. The engine is projected to deliver 325 horsepower.
The suspension system collects multiple signals from 12 high-resolution sensors. The dampers adjust every two milliseconds to gather the best response.
When a pothole is detected the computer adjusts the dampers faster than the blink of an eye. The stiffest settings are applied so the wheel doesn’t fall too far into the potholes.
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“We tested and tuned this system by driving over countless potholes – subjecting Fusion V6 Sport to the brutal, square-edged potholes of our Romeo Proving Grounds to finesse the software,” said Michener. “It was long hours of not very pleasant work, but the results are well worth it.”