PEDDERS PREACHES THE IMPACTS OF WEIGHT AT ‘SANDOWN SAFETY WEEK’

The company hosted the May event at Sandown Raceway

The 20-24 May ‘Sandown Safety Week’ event hosted by Pedders Suspension and Brakes at Sandown Raceway was designed to demonstrate how added weight affects vehicle dynamics.
The event gave a variety of industry and media participants, as well as Pedders staff, the opportunity to participate in a number of driving experiences which provided valuable first-hand experience on how increases to a vehicle’s weight through added load affects handling and braking.
Importantly, the tests also revealed how equipping vehicle’s with fit-for-purpose aftermarket suspension and brake components can greatly mitigate the negative affect added weight has on vehicle performance and safety, says Pedders.
For each test, three specifications of the same vehicle were used. A standard vehicle with no modifications, a standard vehicle with ballast loading it to within 400 kilograms of its GVM rating, and a vehicle also loaded to within 400 kilograms of its GVM rating but fitted with a Pedders GVM+ kit.


There were five tests in total, and each was designed to simulate typical driving scenarios at various stations around the Sandown Raceway:

  1. The Emergency Braking Test had participants performing an emergency brake from 60km/h to a complete stop in a straight line.
  2. The Slalom Stability Test required participants to navigate a series of traffic cones while keeping at a constant 60 km/h velocity.
  3. The Double Lane Change Test involved drivers entering an emergency brake and swerve manoeuvre to avoid an imaginary obstacle, followed by a second manoeuvre to return to their original lane.
  4. The Corner Brake Test was similar to the Emergency Brake test with the exception that the drivers had to continue to navigate a corner with the brakes applied while holding their line.
  5. Finally, the Rough Track Test took place over a corrugated, unsealed patch of road that simulated mild off-road driving, with the drivers required to keep the vehicle tracking in a straight line.
    In all the tests, Pedders says the laden Pedders equipped vehicles demonstrated superior handling, steering and braking characteristics compared to their OE counterparts carrying the same load.

In all the tests, Pedders says the laden Pedders equipped vehicles demonstrated superior handling, steering and braking characteristics compared to their OE counterparts carrying the same load.
In addition to reduced braking distances, less body roll and greater stability being evident by those drivers in the Pedders vehicle, the physical input needed to keep the vehicle controlled was also significantly less, ensuring it was easier for the drivers to maintain control of the vehicle.

A full run-down of how the different vehicles behaved in the tests is available to watch above, alternatively visit www.youtube.com/user/PeddersSuspension/videos to watch the video.