Active suspension is the be-all, end-all for vehicle dynamics. The ability to decouple ride from handling entirely and have total control over body motions is the dream of engineers, but until now, no one has managed to do it practically. Multimatic’s brand-new True Active Spool Valve (TASV) dampers have made the dream a reality. TASV is, in the truest sense of the phrase, a game-changer.

In a TASV damper, a brushless 48-volt motor controls the motion of a ball screw attached to the damper piston via a small gear train. We’ve had adaptive suspension for some time now, but all those systems are reactive. TASV is truly active, hence the name, the motors allowing you to put force into the suspension, independent of the road surface beneath. In a TASV car, the only thing linking the dampers is a cooling system for the motors—there’s no hydraulic lines running between them,