Tech for disabled athletes used on Ford Mustang to enhance driving experience

Tech for disabled athletes used on Ford Mustang to enhance driving experience

TECHNOLOGY that helps athletes with disabilities stay stable as they snowboard and ski is being used in the new Ford Mustang for a better driving experience.

For amputees who have lost a leg above the knee, magnetorheological fluid (MRF) enhances artificial knee joints so they better absorb impacts – and enables them to react more quickly following a high-impact landing.

The use of MRF in Mustang’s MagneRide suspension shock absorbers, or dampers, ensures the car is fun to drive and has a smooth, refined ride, says Ford.

Sensors monitor road conditions and electromagnets control iron particles suspended in oil within the shock absorbers. The magnetic field is automatically adjusted 1,000 times per second to align the particles in individual dampers so they are firmer for sharp cornering, or softer for more comfortable cruising.

Joe Bakaj, vice-president of product development at Ford of Europe, said: ‘Athletes compete in extremely challenging conditions where control is everything. Similarly, with Mustang, MagneRide helps drivers to react to changing conditions in real time by delivering exactly the right response for each situation.’

The new Ford Mustang is offered with a 5.0-litre V8 engine that can cover 0 to 60 mph in 4.1 seconds.

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