Lincoln drivers are likely to notice a smoother ride this year, even though Canadians expect this to be one of the nastiest pothole seasons in recent memory.
Drivers behind the wheel of a vehicle equipped with the Lincoln Drive Control system, which amongst other things manages the continuously controlled damping (CCD) adjustable suspension, will notice that their vehicles seems to defy gravity.
The CCD system on the MKZ, for instance, monitors 46 inputs every two milliseconds. If one of the wheels were to drop rapidly into a pothole, the specially designed pothole algorithm software would jump into action, applying additional damping to the shocks, therby keeping the wheel from dropping as deeply into the pothole as it normally would.
The pothole algorithm is always on, and works in any of the driver-selectable modes – normal, comfort or sport.
In normal conditions, the CCD system on the Lincoln MKZ provides real-time data to quickly adjust the shocks to deliver an optimum blend of ride and handling.
When a pothole is detected and in the event a wheel drops rapidly, the specially developed pothole algorithm software applies additional damping to the shocks to keep the tire and wheel from dropping as deeply into the pothole.
The result is a less-harsh reaction. Because the tire and wheel do not drop as deeply into the pothole, the tire and wheel do not strike the opposite side of the pothole as harshly, mitigating the effects of many events.
Adding a new meaning to “March Madness,” the annual tab for pothole damage sets U.S. motorists back nearly $5 billion per year, the insurance industry warns. It has even created a tire shortage in some areas, according to Ford customer service division.
Lincoln Drive Control and its continuously controlled damping system is doing its part to make the premium drive as smooth as possible.
This is what Lincoln is terming the epidemic of potholes left behind from our record snowfalls and wicked low temps this winter. A bit of opportunity marketing to say the least and an excellent plug for their CCD suspension.
Lincoln just released a press release that says exactly that...
hehehh, good show I suppose!While the polar vortex has had much of the country in a vise grip, its impact has created a new condition: the pothole vortex.
Road divots that turn the infrastructure into mega-holed golf courses do not allow for a luxury experience to say the least…unless, of course, one is driving the 2014 Lincoln MKZ.
MKZ has a special pothole defense mechanism within its standard continuously controlled damping (CCD) suspension, which provides some protection against jarring impact and costly wheel/tire repairs from the dreaded highway pitfalls.