There was once a time when magnets were good for science fairs and nothing else. But then, some folk way smarter than me (I’ll be honest I skipped all the science fairs, and most science classes too) found a way to harness the awesome power of the magnet for automotive purposes. So allow me to introduce you to the very attractive MagneRide suspension, found on the 2018 Mustang.
MagneRide is actually a brand that has been equipping sport and super cars for a few years now. Its first time gracing a Mustang was the 2015 GT350, but in 2018 MagneRide suspension is an option for all (apparently sometimes democracy does work). So whether you are running errands around town in an EcoBoost equipped 10-speed automatic, or balding your rubber on the track in a Level II Performance Pack equipped 6-speed GT, you too can ride on the best adaptive suspension there is.
So now you may wondering, how exactly does MagneRide suspension work? Well I’m here to tell you. It all started about 4,000 years ago, when a Greek shepherd named Magnes, in a part of Greece called Magnesia (you can probably see where this is going) discovered that the nails in his shoe and the metal tip of his staff were stuck to the rock he was standing on. Fast forward to the present, skipping all the boring stuff about Vikings and compasses and the Earth’s poles, when the good folks at Delphi Automotive corp. (now owned by Beijing West Industries, or BWI) found a way to use magnetically controlled struts to provide a smooth and adaptive suspension. Unlike traditional shocks (or struts or dampers — tomato, tomatoe) in which the viscosity of the fluid doesn’t change, MagneRide suspension struts contain Magneto Rheological fluid; this fluid contains magnetically charged particles and, depending on the setting chosen, can change the viscosity of the fluid. This is done by a magnetic charge that allows more or fewer magnetic particles to travel through the shocks. This means real time dampening adjustment, controlled by an on-board computer that scans the road conditions about a thousand times a second.
Sure, there are other types of adaptive suspensions, but they require you to get out of the car and on to the filthy, filthy ground, to adjust the suspension. MagneRide suspension, because it is controlled by a computer, is the easiest to use and certainly the most efficient. MagneRide suspension on the Mustang allows for you to choose between three modes: Normal, Sport+, and Track. Normal is just like it sounds, built for comfort on your daily drive. Sport+ is slightly firmer, and Track is the most aggressive setting. While both Sport+ and Track will make for a bumpier ride on rougher road surfaces, they will also allow for a stickier, firmer ride that eliminates body roll when taking corners. And boy, will you be able to take corners.
MagneRide suspension on the Mustang is the best in its field, and a very attractive option; it is the type of performance that more expensive aftermarket parts can only hope to achieve. If you’re interested in MagneRide suspension or a new, 2018 Mustang, come by Team Ford for a test drive and feel the difference that MagneRide creates.