Cellasto Helps Defend Against Winter's Worst Potholes

A winter deemed bad enough to warrant the title "polar vortex" has wreaked havoc on our roads, creating an abundance of potholes and potential damage for our cars.

A spring aid is one vehicle component that helps reduce the negative effects of a pothole.

A spring aid is one vehicle component that helps reduce the negative effects of a pothole.

The spring aid of choice for nine out of 10 car manufacturers worldwide contains our microcellular polyurethane elastomers called Cellasto® which reduces noise, vibration and harshness (NVH.)  This technology is unbeatably resilient, making it a great defense mechanism against the unexpected divots in the road.

Spring aids made from Cellasto provide a relaxed and comfortable driving experience as they effectively eliminate energy peaks. The spring aid is able to do this because the volume compressibility of the device allows for large spring travel within a confined space, an invaluable advantage.

A common misconception is to brake when driving over a pothole. According to weather.com, it's best not to brake into a pothole. When you brake heavily, the car suspension becomes compressed and is not appropriately distributed over the front wheels. Instead, slow down when approaching the pothole but then lay off the brake and let the spring aids do their job.

There is no other material on the market that provides the same combination of abrasion and fatigue resistance, excellent compression setting and the superb absorption behavior that Cellasto offers.

Such a small chemistry provides a significant relief. Our technologies help OEMs improve the safety and handling of new vehicles as well as increase passenger comfort.

To learn more about Cellasto, please visit the BASF Polyurethanes website or check out the video below.

Be careful on the roads out there!