McLaren Automotive announces Monroe as official suspension supplier


British supercar and hypercar manufacturer, McLaren Automotive, has announced that Monroe is now the official supplier of intelligent suspension systems for its range of road cars. Tenneco has long supplied its electronic suspension systems, sold under the Monroe Intelligent Suspension brand, to McLaren Automotive, but the relationship is now formal.

The announcement builds on a decade-long relationship between McLaren Automotive and Monroe which has seen engineers from both organisations working together to develop and deploy suspension technologies. Monroe and McLaren first collaborated in 2011 with the introduction of the Kinetic suspension on McLaren Automotive’s first supercar, the MP4-12C. Monroe suspension technologies now feature on McLaren’s current models, expanding on the automaker’s previous extensive use of Monroe’s CVSA2 and CVSA2/Kinetic H2 intelligent suspension systems. The latest announcement makes the relationship between the companies official.

Monroe’s CVSA2 suspension technology features four lightweight electronic two-valve dampers that continuously adjust damping characteristics based on steering wheel angle, vehicle speed, acceleration, body displacement and other data points. Drivers can select their preferred driving mode while the system adjusts to its environment in real-time to maximise ride performance, control, comfort and safety. This suspension is fitted to McLaren, 540C, 570GT, 570S and 600LT models, GT and the Artura hybrid supercar.

Monroe CVSA2/Kinetic systems feature on various McLaren road cars

The CVSA2/Kinetic system combines CVSA2 adaptive damper control with a lightweight roll-control hydraulic system. Together, these technologies simultaneously deliver road isolation, integrated damping and roll control, providing enhanced road comfort and handling. CVSA2/Kinetic systems feature on the McLaren MP4-12C, 650S, 675LT, 720S, 765LT and Elva, as well as the new 750S model. The technology is also integrated in the suspension systems of McLaren’s P1, P1 GTR, Senna, and Speedtail Ultimate models.

“McLaren’s history of creating breathtaking performance cars aligns with our own commitment to continually drive what’s next in suspension technology. We are very proud and excited to begin this new chapter in our companies’ highly successful collaboration,” said Romain Nollet, VP and general manager, Monroe Ride Solutions, Tenneco.

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