• Mar 4, 2011
Dragster suspension in action – Click above to watch the video after the break

Last week we showed you what the suspension under a Mazda Miata looks like while carving up an autocross course. Today, we bring you a look at what your suspension is up to on a straight-and-narrow dragstrip launch.

This video will again test your car-enthusiast mettle. Do you care enough to see what your suspension is doing? If you drive on the drag strip regularly, this could be really helpful. If not, well, we hope you're really into suspension dynamics.

You'll notice that this shock is doing nearly all its work just after launch and then again right after passing the lights. That said, the shock is working diligently the entire time, in an attempt to keep the power pointed straight and the rear wheels where they belong.

Whereas the Miata's suspension appeared to work quite hard in corners and then very little on straights, the dragsters mono shock set-up is in constant motion. The same, but different...

But wait, there's more! Click past the jump for more reader-suggested suspension videos, where you can also see what goes on when tackling off-road racing from a number of angles. Enjoy! Thanks for the tip, Mike!

[Source: YouTube]







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      • 3 Years Ago
      Shocking!
      • 3 Years Ago
      COOL but a car enthusiast doesent ride a girly car as a miata jajajajaja
        • 3 Years Ago
        A real car enthusiast doesn't let petty stereotypes dictate what he hoons. a Miata is a spectacularly balanced car. If i wasn't 6'3" I would entertain the idea of owning a mid 90's MX-5 for weekend and track duty.
        • 3 Years Ago
        ride? not necessarily.
        Drive? yes.
        Autocross? Hell Yes.
        • 3 Years Ago
        successful troll is successful.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Either your mouth is getting sores or you have no feet anymore. Because seriously, you keep insertin your foot into your mouth.

        So let me get this straight...

        2010 MLB American League Championship pitcher is a girl because he wants to race a Miata in the SCCA Playboy MX-5 Cup and Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge? There numerous guys who are currently in the ALMS and Grand Am series that came up through the MX-5 Cup.

        Hell, I'm totally comfortable with my sexuality, I'm 28 years of age, in a 6 year long relationship with one beautiful woman, and I would give ANYTHING to build up an MX-5 and race it.

        I don't get you, M7. Countless times, you have been made to look stupid, yet you keep coming back to make stupid comments like this.
        • 3 Years Ago
        obviously not an enthusiast
        • 3 Years Ago
        lame internet lingo is lame
      • 3 Years Ago
      That V8 Challenge vid is super crazy cool!
      • 3 Years Ago
      Are those tires, at least the one in view, corded? Look around :45 to :47 just before he/she launches...is that a tire so worn you can almost see the air or are my eyes deceiving me?
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you're "really into suspension dynamics," you already know that this is a coilover shock and that each one is doing a separate job. [vid blocked, DNW]
      • 3 Years Ago
      I love the start of Lowndes video where he's doing 300km/h or thereabouts. Huge movement!