Saturday, February 19, 2011

Are you the new McLaren MP4-12C's suspension

With more and more retail information being released about McLaren's new supercar; more and more technical specifications are also revealed. Awesome specs like its 3.8L V8 engine block chucking out a steady 600 bhp and 443lb ft which has been said to send the car from 0-62 mph in somewhere around 3 seconds. 

What has really caught my eye though is that, rumor has it, McLaren is abandoning its long time manufacturers connection with Koni to provide suspension components. Supposedly, McLaren has switched to a partnership with Tenneco, of Monroe shocks fame.

Even more interesting, this new car boasts a very advanced suspension design which lacks sway bars by using  some sort of a hydraulic to relate the suspension components with each other. Also, the car has some sort of a passive anti-roll system, again utilizing advanced hydraulics to keep the car planted on the ground without the expense of ride comfort.

Some of the links to some Tenneco brochures are included here and here.

Also here's some up close and personal pictures: