MARKHAM, Ontario (Aug. 30th, 2021) – When Aston Martin created the sensational production version of its mid-engine hybrid supercar, Valhalla, it chose Multimatic Adaptive Spool Valve (ASV) Dampers to provide exceptional performance on road and track.
As a global technology provider with innovation at its core, Multimatic pioneered, patented and launched spool valve damper technology in the early 2000s to immediate success in top-tier motorsports, from Formula 1™ to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This success led to Multimatic spool valve dampers being described as the “unfair advantage” that eliminated the limitations inherent to traditional shim dampers.
Subsequent application across a diverse range of high-performance production vehicles from Aston Martin, Ferrari, Ford and General Motors, has confirmed that the predictable, repeatable and reliable performance advantages offered by Multimatic spool valve dampers can successfully make the transition from race to road.
The next evolutionary step to Multimatic’s innovative spool valve damping technology is the Multimatic Adaptive Spool Valve (ASV) damper. “We created ASV dampers to simultaneously increase peak vehicle dynamics performance and broaden the operating range to unprecedented levels,” said Raj Nair, President and COO of Multimatic. “By building on spool valve technology in our ASV dampers, we have eliminated the typical compromise between ride comfort and handling.”
Multimatic ASV expands on the underlying benefits and performance capabilities of the passive spool valve dampers by adding rapid, continuous adjustment of damping forces in both compression and rebound independently. Selection of the best damping characteristic for each corner, in response to changing road inputs and vehicle control requirements, is determined by a central controller running Multimatic’s proprietary software. The performance optimization algorithms are a result of Multimatic’s proven vehicle dynamics expertise gained from decades of motorsports participation. The Multimatic ASV damper system is capable of simultaneously adjusting each damper to one of thirty-two discreet damper curves in less than 6 milliseconds. This provides seamless and natural-feeling feedback of vehicle response to the driver, increasing confidence and control.
Multimatic Adaptive Spool Valve dampers provide performance and comfort without compromise for all types of vehicles from supercars to off-road trucks.