Magnetic Ride Control is designed to offer a smooth, comfortable ride while also offering track-ready handling, all in one single suspension system. Now in its third generation, Magnetic Ride Control originally debuted in the 2002 Cadillac Seville STS, and it’s now more versatile than ever before.
Underpinning the newest Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro, Magnetic Ride Control is known among enthusiasts as the most advanced suspension system on the market. Here’s a quick breakdown of how it works from us here at Joe Holland Chevrolet.
In order to adjust to the road, Magnetic Ride Control uses an Electronic Control Unit and multiple sensors to read every bump, crack, and abnormality in the road. As a result, the system can read the road up to 1,000 times per second and adjust the shock absorbers accordingly. The end result is improved ride quality and enhanced handling while simultaneously reducing vibrations.
The shock absorbers are filled with a polymer fluid that’s packed with magnetized iron particles. Thanks to the electromagnetic coils wrapped around the shock absorbers, the fluid can change its viscosity instantaneously. Once the particles detect an electric charge, they can change state from a free-flowing liquid to a dense rubber-like solid. As a result, drivers can experience a smooth, relaxing ride on the open road or take their car to the track and push it to the limit.