Roads with potholes not only make journeys uncomfortable for you but harsh impacts with large potholes can also cause damage to your vehicle’s wheels, tyres and suspension systems, resulting in hefty repair bills.
We’re helping to limit the impact of damaged roads for drivers of the All-New Ford Focus by introducing our innovative Pothole Detection Technology. The system senses when a wheel is falling into a pothole and adjusts the suspension so that the wheel doesn’t fall as far into it.
Because the tyre and wheel don’t drop as far, they don’t hit the opposite side of the pothole as harshly. The rear suspension can respond even faster than the front, with a signal from the front wheel providing a pre-warning to the rear wheel before it reaches the pothole. This all happens in a split second.
The All-New Focus Pothole Detection System is a feature of the car’s optional Continuously Controlled Damping technology. This monitors your Ford’s suspension, body, steering and braking inputs, and adjusts the vehicle’s suspension responses every 2 milliseconds, giving you the smoothest ride quality.
We developed our suspension systems using a specially created road at our test facility in Belgium, which contains replicas of some of the worst potholes and road hazards from around the world. Our engineers refine the systems further with hundreds of hours of testing on a diverse range of European public roads, monitoring loads and strains with equipment similar to that used by seismologists to study earthquakes!