Yes, a set of coilovers will be able to dump your car right into the weeds. But it doesn’t take a genius to realise that for fast-road performance, there’s so much more to a supreme chassis set-up. For a start, technically speaking, all the other chassis components, things like wishbones and control arms, can be just as important as the springs and dampers.
The components you choose are all about two things: setting up a useable overall geometry, and reacting/adapting to road conditions while accelerating, slowing or cornering.
Now, you’ll already know that, as well as setting the ride height, suspension is designed to adapt to bumps in the road. Through the use of bump and rebound parameters, a damper is able to control the compression and extension of the spring that’s holding up the car (be that a coil, spring, air spring or torsion spring). In this way, you get enhanced control over the handling and weight transfer in realworld conditions.
When it comes to geometry, other components are there to set up the right amount of camber, caster and toe for any given situation. In a factory set-up, these settings may not be optimum for fast cornering, or for a drop in ride height, and you may not have the adjustability in the standard components to correct it. This is where enhancements like adjustable arms and top mounts come in.
Bear in mind, though, it’s not about building a killer race car. For fast-road tuning, you have to juggle all these parameters to make the car useable in the real world. Compliance is everything.
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