Relative motion between a vehicle and its wheels is made possible by the suspension system, which includes the tyres, air in the tyres, springs, and shock absorbers. Ride quality and road holding/handling are mutually exclusive goals for an EFS suspension system. Suspension adjustment is all about striking the right balance.
There must be as little lateral movement of the road wheel as feasible for it to be as effective as possible in transmitting braking and accelerating forces to the ground underneath it. The suspensions keep the vehicle in good shape to protect passengers and their goods. The front and rear suspensions of a car might be designed differently.
Getting to the bottom of a wheel may significantly impact control. An automobile’s body or other parts may be touching the road with insufficient space for its suspensions, tyres, and the like to move. Elevating a wheel when the spring is in its unloaded state is less problematic than when mobility is restricted by contact with suspension components.
In many off-road vehicles, “limiting straps” limit the suspension’s downward motion to a safe position for the links and shock absorbers and is critical as these vehicles are designed to traverse extremely rugged terrain at high speeds. When the suspensions reach “full droop,” the bushings would bear the brunt of the load, which may even cause the coil springs to pop out of their “buckets” if they were held in place purely by compression forces.
Shock absorbers use hydraulic gates and valves to dampen the vehicle’s movement, which is also altered, either consciously or unconsciously. The optimal damping for comfort may be lower than the optimal damping for control, similar to how the spring rate works.
Damping controls the vehicle’s suspension travel speed and resistance. Jerking back and forth is common in automobiles that are not anchored down. The car will quickly regain its pre-accident shape with the dampers set to their ideal levels. Modern vehicles’ suspension dampening is adjusted mainly by varying the shock absorber’s resistance to fluid flow.
Wheel travel, body roll, and suspension system deflection/compliance impact the dependent and independent variables listed below. I found the best tyre wear and braking performance with a camber angle of -1 to 2° off vertical as the tyres grip the road at different angles and the road surface changes. A vehicle’s handling is improved by adjusting the wheels’ camber. The camber is adjusted from -2° to -7° to suit different driving styles and tyres in racing. Too much camber in the EFS suspension design reduces the size of the contact area with the road, which reduces braking performance.
The roll centre height generated from the immediate centre heights of the suspensions is used to study weight transfer, body roll, and the front-to-rear roll stiffness distribution. Antiroll bars have historically been used to alter roll stiffness, but when it comes to jacking forces, the height of the roll centre is to be taken into account.
The axis of gravity at the moment of impact.
Any area where the front wheel and tyre are moving might be seen as an “instantaneous centre of rotation” since the vehicle’s suspension links limit their motion. The centre of any wheel package may be located by following imaginary lines created by suspension links.