Liquid Spring Demo Ride Proves A Real Smoothie

Posted on October 9, 2013 by



CEO Richard Meyer and vice president/dir. of engineering Gary Ford came to the LCT Magazine office in Torrance, Calif., yesterday to give myself and editor Martin Romjue a ride in their special demo bus to show us their Liquid Spring suspension system in action. The bus, a 12-year-old Turtle Top E450 27-footer, is accommodated in a subdued party-bus style, with the TVs in the front and rear playing a continuous live feed of a close-up on one of the back dually-tires and suspension system, oscillating as we drove down the road.

 

As many of you may know, Liquid Spring’s operates uniquely in that the strut is encased in a piston of silicon liquid, which acts as the dampening mechanism for the suspension. Sensors are placed throughout the vehicle to detect, height, speed, and lateral roll, and make real time adjustments to the amount of liquid in the strut so that the suspension will either be stiff or soft.

 

The result is that when the limo bus is on a straightaway, the liquid is increased in the strut, and the ride becomes very smooth. Most perceivable bumps are negated and the vehicle glides effortlessly down the road.

 

And on turns, the liquid is decreased in the strut and the vehicle corners very securely without drastic pitch. In fact, the suspension is able to adapt so fast that when the driver, Gary Ford, showed us an emergency lane change (a practical maneuver on the highway), the vehicle deftly swayed back over its center of gravity with hardly any reverberation, giving extra control to the driver during a crucial time.

 

One of the markets that Meyer has recently tapped is senior care transportation. After receiving some calls from senior home transportation managers, saying they were having problem with residents not taking rides on their shuttle buses because the ride was too rough. They weren’t getting out for scheduled activities and were opting just to stay home.

 

Richard and Gary gave a demo ride to the manager, other key executives of the facility, and even a few senior residents. All were impressed with the ride, and it gave Meyer a new sense of purpose for his product. He was recently awarded a Smart Choice Award from the 55+ Housing Council, an organization that provides networking, education and partnering prospects for Southern California professionals in the senior care and housing industry. And Meyer looks forward to getting the Liquid Spring name out to the senior transportation community, because he knows he can make a real positive effect on the quality of life for others.

 

You can read more about Richard Meyer and Liquid Spring in my article in the November issue of LCT Magazine.

 

— Tim Crowley, LCT senior editor

 

 

 

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