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Technical Innovations Found in the Honda Insight Chassis


Aluminum-Alloy Front Suspension

The Insight's front independent suspension uses a strut-type spring/damper unit at each wheel. To save weight, the strut's damper rod is hollow. Additional unsprung weight is saved by the use of a lightweight forged-aluminum steering knuckle and a forged-aluminum lower suspension arm. The system is also very compact-both of the lower arm's inner pickup points are connected to the same reinforced, cast-aluminum mounting.

The wheel is also a lightweight aluminum casting. A 0.66-in.-diameter stabilizer bar links the front wheels.

The front suspension geometry has been optimized to exhibit minimal changes in toe and camber throughout its travel, giving the Insight responsive handling, excellent stability and a smooth ride.