Improving the Ride & Handling Qualities of a Passenger Car via Modification of its Rear Suspension Mechanism 2000-01-1630
This paper presents the results of a recent project of IKCo’s research center to modify the Paykan 1600’s rear suspension mechanism with the purpose of improving the car’s comfort, stability and handling qualities. The car was originally equipped with a solid rear axle with leaf springs. By replacing the original mechanism with a three-link mechanism with panhard bar and coil springs, the ride comfort and handling characteristics of the car were noticeably improved.3-D, nonlinear ride and handling models were developed and analyzed to determine the important kinematics and dynamic effects of the new mechanism on vehicle responses.
To verify the analytical results, subjective tests were carried out on the vehicle. The results of these tests demonstrated remarkable improvement of the dynamics behavior of the car.