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Experience and knowledge has been applied To Fine-tuning The New Short Wheelbase’s Suspension

RML’s expertise with vehicle dynamics is well known, and so it’s no surprise that that experience and knowledge has been applied to fine-tuning the new Short Wheelbase’s suspension, ahead of its launch early next year.

Using the donor car’s
highly-acclaimed chassis as a base-line, Head of Vehicle Engineering Jayce Moore and his team adapted key elements in the suspension to suit the Short Wheelbase’s lighter weight and GT credentials, while making it more controlled, refined and capable overall.

Jayce’s team set a series of targets for how the car should ride and handle, and modified the existing dampers accordingly. RML then worked closely with renowned damper specialists Ohlins to produce units specifically for the Short Wheelbase. Improvements include 18mm more bump travel at the rear, and a decreased level of high-speed damping to help with ride comfort. At this late development stage, the RML’s expertise with vehicle dynamics is well known, and so it’s no surprise that that experience and knowledge has been applied to fine-tuning the new Short Wheelbase’s suspension, ahead of its launch early next year.

Using the donor car’s highly-acclaimed chassis as a base-line, Head of Vehicle Engineering Jayce Moore and his team adapted key elements in the suspension to suit the Short Wheelbase’s lighter weight and GT credentials, while making it more controlled, refined and capable overall.

Ohlins units are still two-way adjustable, giving the team still further scope for fine-tuning.

But building new dampers was just part of the Short Wheelbase’s bespoke set-up. Additional bushing has been introduced at the rear to improve isolation from suspension noise, and springing will be around 15 per cent stiffer overall for better high-speed control. Ride height, too, has been dropped by between 10-20mm to lower the centre of mass, giving drivers a better sense of connection with the car at all speeds. Revisions also include a thicker rear anti-roll bar, resulting in an 80 per cent increase in roll stiffness. Naturally, any existing components from the donor car are refurbished, re-bushed and crack-tested as a matter of course. Bespoke road-wheels set off the GT lines of the Short Wheelbase perfectly and are fitted with Pirelli P-Zero Rosso tyres. RML selected the P-Zeros after extensive testing with other brands, and Pirelli has confirmed that the tyre will be available for Short Wheelbase customers for the foreseeable future.

“We’re really happy with the way the Short Wheelbase’s chassis will be set up,” said Jayce Moore. “It will provide immense confidence for drivers, yet with sufficient compliance and control to suit its purpose as a true ‘GT’ car. Owners will not be disappointed!”

More news will follow through the final stages of Car Zero’s build, but in the meantime please visit https://rmlgroup.com/news to see all previous releases.