DETROIT (Jan. 9)—Ford´s latest version of the Explorer pickup truck includes chassis mounts made from high hysteresis butyl rubber, rather than the resilient natural rubber.
"Before, the majority of our body mounts were natural rubber," says Lucy Yuen, Explorer NVH supervisor. "Where appropriate, we´ve used new mounts made of butyl rubber to help dampen impacts, rather than bounce on impact."
According to Yuen, this new butyl rubber allowed the NVH engineering team to help isolate road impacts transmitted into the cabin. This, in turn, allowed the chassis dynamics team to provide a firmer suspension tuning, for improved handling without sacrificing ride comfort.