The Ferrari 612 Scaglietti - Steering and Suspension | Part Eight

Steering

The electronic power steering has a two-way electrically adjustable steering column and "easy entry-exit" feature which makes getting into and out of the car even easier than before. The car also boasts speed-sensitive power steering.

Every turn of the wheel equates to 64 mm of play on the rack and pinion steering making it very direct indeed too. In fact, it is the perfect compromise, offering enhanced sporty driving on mixed terrain and excellent control at high speeds.

Suspension

The active damping, variable calibration suspension system offers a high performance yet adaptive set-up. By tuning into the independent active aluminium dampers with coil springs, the system can "read" the road surface characteristics (smooth, bumpy) and instantly evaluate the movements of both the car and suspension.

The forged aluminium double wishbones front and rear are mounted on aluminium and rubber rose joints. They also have anti-dive and anti-squat geometry which prevent the front diving under braking and the rear squatting under acceleration.

The calibration of the dampers is controlled by independent software integrated with the other control systems. The system uses accelerometers to record the movements of the wheels and body, instantly adapting the calibration of the dampers to suit requirements.

The handling set-up along with the suspension geometry and weight distribution makes the bodywork very firm thus enhancing performance and sportiness. And it also offers a surprising level of comfort too.

The ideal balance between handling and comfort for the driving style being used and the type of surface involved can be chosen at the touch a button on the steering wheel: Normal (soft calibration) and Sport (harder sportier use).

Electronic Stability and Traction Control System (CTS)

This is also the first time that the CST electronic stability and traction control system has been used in a Ferrari. It aids the 612 Scaglietti’s dynamic handling, leaving the driver a great deal of freedom but still intervening in more difficult or riskier situations.

Published 19 February 2004 Melanie Carter

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