TROY, Mich., Oct. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ArvinMeritor, Inc.
(NYSE: ARM) announced today that it is the supplier of the Dynamic Height
Control (DHC) suspension system used on the Pratt & Miller C6RS Chevrolet
Corvette concept car on display at the SEMA (Specialty Equipment Market
Association) Show in Las Vegas.
"Ride and handling are key elements of a successful vehicle design," said
Ed Frutig, vice president and general manager of Light Vehicle System (LVS)
Chassis Systems for ArvinMeritor. "SEMA provides a glimpse of the future
chassis technologies you may see on tomorrow's production vehicles as it
relates to styling, performance, and even fuel economy. The Dynamic Height
Control system is one example of the new products ArvinMeritor is now bringing
to market that will significantly enhance a vehicle's ride, stability, safety
and performance capabilities."
The DHC system incorporates an electronically controlled air shock system
and features light-weight, aluminum monotube air shocks and a state-of-the-art
controller with proprietary software. The controller and software feature the
most advanced control strategies which interface with the car's ECU to
automatically provide optimum ride height under all driving conditions.
The ArvinMeritor control logic in the DHC system automatically lowers and
rakes the vehicle at higher speed for increased stability and improved
aerodynamics, increasing vehicle performance. For aesthetic purposes, the
system can also be driver-controlled at lower speeds, allowing the driver to
"slam" the vehicle (lower to the ground) for low-speed cruising or parking. It
also provides the ability to raise the vehicle for improved ground clearance
to reduce the chance of dragging the car's ground effects when negotiating
steep inclines in driveways and parking situations. When the vehicle is not
running, it can still be raised and lowered with a control mounted in the key
The DHC system is part of ArvinMeritor's light vehicle smart systems(TM)
portfolio, which also includes two- and four-corner standard air-suspension
systems, an innovative active air-suspension system, adaptive damping and
active roll-control systems. Focused on vehicle stability, ArvinMeritor's
chassis systems solutions are scalable in performance, yet modular in design.
The company's unique, modular products can be applied independently or in
combination to provide an integrated chassis for active vehicle dynamic
control. This gives the OEM greater value through flexibility in design,
manufacturing and opportunities for incremental layers of performance on a
The Corvette C6RS was designed, developed and constructed by championship
winning Pratt & Miller Engineering. Inspired by the company's Le Mans-winning
Corvette C6.R race cars, the new Pratt & Miller Corvette C6RS supercar
combines advanced racing technology with everyday drivability. It produces 600
horsepower and employs a carbon-fiber body, custom interior and sound system,
and upgraded tires, wheels, brakes and suspension system.
Also at the SEMA Show, ArvinMeritor will highlight its RydeFX(TM) brand of
high-performance shock absorbers in booth 32403. RydeFX is one of the leading
high-performance OEM and aftermarket brands of shock absorbers in the
snowmobile and ATV market. ArvinMeritor will bring this product line to the
light-truck and SUV off-road market.
About Pratt & Miller Engineering
Founded in 1989 by Gary Pratt and Jim Miller, Pratt & Miller Engineering &
Fabrication provides automotive and non-automotive clients with leading-edge
engineering and low-volume manufacturing solutions. For more information,
visit the Pratt & Miller website at www.prattmiller.com.
About Light Vehicle Systems
ArvinMeritor's LVS business group is a market leader in the product
categories it serves, supplying integrated systems and modules to the world's
leading passenger car and light truck OEMs. With advanced technology and
systems design expertise in body, chassis and wheels, LVS combines high-
quality components into cost-effective, performance-based solutions for
virtually every car and light truck on the road today.
ArvinMeritor, Inc. is a premier global supplier of a broad range of
integrated systems, modules and components to the motor vehicle industry. The
company serves light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original
equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets. Headquartered in Troy,
Mich., ArvinMeritor employs approximately 19,000 people in 25 countries.
ArvinMeritor common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the
ticker symbol ARM. For more information, visit the company's Web site at:
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