Mobile damper laboratory installed at Millbrook


A new mobile suspension tuning workshop has been opened at Millbrook Proving Ground. It includes an integrated damper rig, which exceeds industry standards for damper characterization, and can be customized to any vehicle with dampers or springs of up to 100mm stroke. The 7.5kW damper dynamometer, supplied by SPA Design, provides ride and handling tuning, and comparative test, quality control and fault analysis.

This investment will greatly reduce tuning cycles and therefore increase productivity in all of Millbrook’s vehicle development activities, particularly within the special projects and vehicle dynamics departments at Millbrook.

Gerry Baker, head of vehicle development at Millbrook, explained, “The added benefit of Millbrook’s rig is that it is mobile, enabling us to provide tuning and measurement services not only onsite at Millbrook, but anywhere else our customers require.

“The dynamometer rig will deliver turnkey damper tuning solutions and will act as a dedicated workshop for technicians and engineers, where vehicles can be tuned for and at specific sites and tracks, and in a variety of climates.”

The vehicle development team plans to take the mobile damper rig on tour this summer, visiting customers and prospects to showcase the new facility and its capabilities.

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Graham Heeps is a regular contributor, and knows the dynamics industry well, having previously edited the title. Graham also writes regularly on automotive and motorsport subjects for other magazines from Vehicle Dynamics International’s publisher, UKi Media & Events (as well as editing Tire Technology International), and contributes to a range of online and print publications in the UK, USA and Canada.

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