True performance-car fans know that a big engine with vast amounts of horsepower and torque isn’t the only way to win a race. Especially in this day and age, where supercars like the Z06 and race cars like the C7.R are chock full of newfangled technology to help with performance. Want to calibrate your vehicle’s performance? Forget tune-ups like the old days; now, you need to learn how to do it all on a computer chip.
Magnetic Ride Control
Perhaps the best example of this technology is magnetic ride control, which is found on the suspension. The more you’re focused on maintaining control of the vehicle on the track, the slower you’ll go. With magnetic ride control, that stability is automatically taken care of.
How? This revolutionary type of ride control is going to read the road a thousand times-per-second, and closely pay attention to the condition of the road or track. If the system detects you need a stiffer suspension for better control, magnetic particles in the fluid will align and form a rigidity based on the stiffness your suspension needs. If you need less stiffness, the particles won’t align as much.
This ensures a seamless and easy transition between a stiffer and softer suspension.
If you pay attention to any type of professional racing, you already know the term heel-toe shifting. But for those who don’t, let me explain briefly.
Heel-toe shifting is a type of technique used by race car drivers when monitoring the clutch. If done right, it allows them to grab gears quicker and smoother, which helps shave time off on the track that would otherwise be lost shifting “the normal way.”
Since it’s a technique that needs to be practiced for many months to master, it’s easier said than done. But, Chevy took care of that for you. The seven-speed manual transmission has Active-Rev matching, which simulates this professional shifting technique. All the work is done for you, and your normal shifting is automatically converted to pro shifting. Neat, right?