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12-19-2005, 10:35 PM #1Registered User
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best handling suspension that maximizes straight line acceleration?
Target platform is a 2nd gen camaro. I'm looking for advice on what combination of front and rear suspension will provide the best braking and cornering but put maximum priority on straight line acceleration traction. One specific question I have is, is there anything about a drag race style four link that would really hurt non-straightline handling? Any vehicles that I have experienced that have a nice four link in the rear also have a not-so-nice combination of stock suspension, stock brakes and "skinnies" up front which pretty much kill any kind of braking or steering. On the other hand, any vehicles that I've been in that have really serious front suspensions and brakes have been IRS and not at all set up for maximum straight line performance.
The application here is a 1500hp turbo small block, so when I say that I need to maximize straight line performance it's not really an optional criteria. As far as the "handling" I'm after, I'm not looking to go run with Z06's and Vipers on the road course, I just want something that is very responsive and confidence inspiring during "spirited" street driving. When I have to get on the brakes quickly, I don't want to feel like I'm plowing through a sand pit, if I have to quickly change lanes or swerve around something I don't want to feel like I'm in an Explorer that's about to flip over.
Any general suggestions on suspension designs would be great, and any specific products designed for the 2nd gen Camaro would be even better!
12-20-2005, 06:06 AM #2
This is a tough one and I wont even begin to scratch the surface...
Here's the big problem I see. 1500HP is an unbelievable amount of power. Unimaginable. If you can feather the throttle enough to keep yourself from oversteering into the grass at every corner, you deserve the Nobel Peace Prize.
1500HP is useless, quite frankly. There is no tire in the world that will allow you to put even half of that on the ground efficiently, especially one that will allow you to turn corners. Do you know what that kind of power feels like? Have you ridden in an 800HP car? 800 is enough to spin 16" wide tires at will at any street legal speed. With that kind of power, this will not be a well-balanced car.
Ok, off my soapbox. Now, this is a car I would go with either a three-link or a triangulated 4-bar, both with adjustable uppers and lowers for increased anti-squat. You'd have to fine-tune at each track to get it to work right, and should 60-ft in the 1.7's if you have good tires.
This type of thing is something I haven't done, so maybe somebody here has.Matt Jones
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12-20-2005, 06:14 AM #3
with that much power you will need to have a VERY adjustable suspension and you will have to take the time to learn to set it for the conditions you will be faced with IMHO you will spend more time trying to make the car work than enjoying it .
12-20-2005, 06:44 AM #4