2014 Cadillac ELR Has HiPer Strut Suspension [Video]
This, Cadillac engineers have had to find technology that will make the car engaging, technology which might be familiar to Buick drivers.
Firstly, the ELR features HiPer Strut suspension, developed originally for the European Opel Insignia. This suspension technology use very useful for dealing with the 295 lb-ft of torque developed by the electric motor. It eliminates torque steer and increases front axle grip while cornering due to optimized tire contact with the road.
Secondly, Cadillac went for a Watt's link rear setup which provides balance and compliance. The steering rack is electric and was developed by ZF to consume energy only when you provide input.
The ELR’s Continuous Damping Control monitors sensors throughout the vehicle, vehicle speed, and the driver’s input and adjusts damping accordingly for each 20-inch wheel every two milliseconds to maintain optimal vehicle ride control. The system was developed for the car by ZF-Sachs
“ELR’s methodical use of advanced suspension and steering technologies front and rear has resulted in the quiet cabin, agile handling and superior ride that Cadillac customers have come to expect,” said Chris Thomason, ELR vehicle chief engineer. “ELR will redefine for many people what the electric car driving experience is all about. Not only does it make smart use of energy, it makes energy-efficient driving fun and luxurious.”
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