The Ford GT's Suspension System Is Way Smarter Than You Think


Here's how engineers fit two springs into one highly compact and variable design.

Witnessing a sped-up video of the Ford GT going from one of its more rudimentary modes and into track mode is a sight to behold—akin to watching a lion crouch before it begins a rampage towards a heard of zebra. The front and rear end both drop the already low body closer to the ground and the wing extends to announce to the world (and the cops) that it means business of the questionably legal nature. But there’s a lot more to that act than fancy theatrics.

The nitty gritty of the suspension components underneath might not look as cool, but their importance cannot be understated. The double wishbone pushrod suspension's ingenuity may as well make the get low show practical adornment for the GT, like feathers on a scantily clad Victoria’s Secret model.

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But it does little to advertise the hard work the engineers had do in order to make it a LeMans-winning piece of technology. For that, we’ve got Jason Fenske of Engineering Explained to do the job. Using a low resolution animation of the suspension in motion, we learn about the many pivot points embedded in the system that help to fine tune the dampening to just the right amount. The two wishbones make up the main structure, but there’s a torsion bar connected to the upper and lower wishbones that leads to both the shock absorber and the second spring. The torsion bar itself counts as the first spring, cleverly reducing the number of parts needed by playing two roles. Nice job Ford.