Freightliner Custom Chassis Corp. (FCCC) will offer a new Independent Front Suspension (IFS) system on select Freightliner motorhome chassis, the Gaffney, S.C.- firm announced.
ZF Lemforder Corp. will provide its new IFS module to FCCC exclusively.
Luc Van Herle, motorized product planning manager for Fleetwood RV, is enthusiastic about the new front-suspension system.
“I’ve had the pleasure of seeing firsthand the responses of nearly 150 customers who have test-driven a chassis with the ZF IFS and were very impressed with the level of handling, ride and control this system provides,” he said.
The ZF IFS double-wishbone independent front suspension offers significant advantages, according to FCCC. The reduction in vehicle roll and steering effort, combined with a reduction in unsprung mass, results in superior ride, comfort, tracking and handling.
FCCC boasts excellent maneuverability because a 56-degree inner wheel cut allows tighter turning radius, and pneumatically actuated disc brakes allow for excellent braking performance.
“The ZF IFS advances our industry-leading wheel cut even further, increasing it to 56 degrees,” said Dean Schaper, director of sales and marketing for FCCC. “When you’re driving a vehicle that’s 36 feet long or longer, that translates into a much smaller turning radius. Our customers will, undoubtedly, appreciate that extra maneuverability.”
FCCC is a subsidiary of Freightliner LLC, a unit of German-American auto and commercial vehicle manufacturer DaimlerChrysler AG.