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The Ford Mustang GTD’s occupants will see its trick suspension working in real-time

Created by motorsport experts Multimatic, the system features adaptive damper technology and a fancy new subframe

Published: 30 May 2024

Ford is pretty serious about achieving a sub-seven-minute lap around the ‘Ring later this summer with its hardcore Mustang GTD, its fastest and most powerful road-legal car ever. And one of the key areas to help the wild-winged GT3 RS rival is tricked-out suspension... that you can actually see.

That's because part of it is left exposed through a window in the rear made of scratch-resistant polycarbonate, so occupants can see it working. Could be a bit pointless, since the GTD’s dry-sumped 5.2-litre supercharged V8 puts out over 800bhp, likely leaving said occupants clinging on for dear life when the suspension is even remotely being put through its paces.

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It’s built by Canadian racing experts Multimatic and comprises repositioned shocks and springs that sit lower down than normal. They’ll work alongside a motorsport-derived subframe and 'Adaptive Spool Valve' dampers to allow the GTD to adjust its suspension from one extreme to the other in just fifteen milliseconds.

The dampers now also have two springs each, meaning the GTD should be quite comfortable when you’re pootling around town. But a simple toggle of the Track Mode switch doubles the spring rate and drops the car by 1.6in to make it more agile around corners. And likely a bit less comfy.

The vice president of Multimatic, Scott Keefer, said: “Adaptive damping allows more flexibility in absolute ride performance compared to a passive damper. It lets you decouple the ride versus handling compromise that you would normally make in damper tuning. Our system is a double win in that adjustments feel very analogue, very natural in terms of motion control.”

If you want one, the good news is that Europe will get them at some point. The bad news is that they might not arrive until next year. Oh, you’ll also need to sign up through an application process to even be in with a chance. Good luck.

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