A just lately unearthed patent filing signifies the electrical Dodge muscle auto due in 2024 could have a Formula One particular-design pushrod suspension.
1st spotted by Muscle Vehicles & Trucks, paperwork filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) describe a pushrod suspension for electrical cars making use of horizontal dampers with both transverse leaf springs or conventional coil springs. The pushrods are linked to a wheel at a single finish and a rocker at the other. The rocker, in flip, is linked to the damper.
Moving the dampers from a vertical to a horizontal place saves area, which is a single of the motives why pushrod suspension is utilised in F1 (and other racing series). In an EV, this would also permit dampers to be mounted over or under an electrical motor for far more productive packaging, the paperwork mentioned. The paperwork also declare this setup would lessen suspension stresses thanks to optimized force transfer.
Stellantis EV pushrod suspension patent picture
These paperwork have been initially filed in 2019 by Fiat Chrysler Vehicles (FCA), ahead of the firm merged with France’s PSA Group to turn into Stellantis. At the time, engineers proposed making use of pushrod suspension in Chrysler, Dodge, Alfa Romeo, and Maserati efficiency EVs, in accordance to the paperwork.
The paperwork also state that “the capability to organize every single steering axis along a path passing by way of the wheel center offers the probability of exploiting the extremely large torque offered by electrical motors,” indicating that engineers had a efficiency application in thoughts.
It is unclear if this suspension design and style will perform with Stellantis’ STLA modular EV platforms, but if it does the Dodge electrical muscle auto appears like a excellent candidate.
Dodge ideas to display a drivable idea model of its muscle auto later on this 12 months ahead of the 2024 launch. Even though it will indicate the finish of the Hellcats, the Dodge EV could harness the abilities of electrical motors for equally insane acceleration. And with pushrod suspension, it could have dealing with to match.