Posts Tagged ‘Vantage V8’
Having successfully validated a revised ‘Fast Road’ suspension geometry package for the Vanquish S, Torque Developments was commissioned by an enthusiastic Aston Martin Vantage V8 owner to assess whether similar improvements could be made to the 380bhp, 175mph baby supercar.
Happily, TDi’s Technical team, lead by Sam Borgman, was able to undertake a detailed analysis of the suspension settings using its state of the art John Bean 38-angle optical chassis dynamics rig.
This revealed dynamic shortcomings, much like those discovered on the Vanquish S, so a similar prescription of ‘Fast Road’ suspension geometry settings was administered. What was the result on the Aston Martin Vantage V8? Well, we will let the owner speak on our behalf:-
“The geometry revisions are simply sensational!! To say I’m pleased with the work is a massive understatement…My feedback:
- Steering wheel now centred
- Much sharper turn in
- Far more accuracy on cornering, especially the initial turn in, which is now far easier to judge
- Greater feel through the steering wheel
- Car feels like a single unit now – was rather “disjointed” before
- The ride seems more compliant, with less shimmying over bumps
- Massively improved stability during hard braking
Sam was pleased to take me through this fix in detail (and the geo’ changes) which was an added bonus.”
Not only does the Torque Developments ‘Fast Road’ improve the dynamic qualities of the Aston Martin Vantage V8, the reduction in scrub will promote longer tyre life, making it a ‘win-win’ for owners.
The Aston Martin Vantage V8 ‘Stage 1″ geometry set up is available now from TDi-plc, by appointment only at http://www.tdi-plc.com/catalog/suspension-technology-c-1_2_22_23_29.html
Stop Press: Our “Stage 2″ upgrade which incorporate revised spring rates to further enhance the dynamic performance is now available at http://www.tdi-plc.com/catalog/fast-road-geometry-calibration-coupe-stage-p-19290.html for the Coupe, and at http://www.tdi-plc.com/catalog/fast-road-geometry-calibration-volante-stage-p-19291.html for the