Adelaide-based company, Supashock, started with three employees making shock absorbers for motorsport. They provided state-of-the-art products to leading racing teams—and it got them noticed.
Since establishing themselves in just about every type of motorsport, Supashock has become a major player in designing and manufacturing engineering solutions that go well beyond dampers for high performance vehicles. They have broadened their horizons towards running gear and suspension solutions for defence vehicles. The company has grown so rapidly that their influence is already being felt internationally.
Being at the forefront of suspension technology had Supashock turning to the Institute for Nanoscale Science & Technology, calling on our researchers to solve materials performance challenges they had encountered. Since then, we’ve been helping Supashock enhance their capabilities and supporting the science behind their technology research and development.
In one of many projects, Professor Jamie Quinton acted as a sort of ‘thinker-in-residence’—helping to develop active suspension systems for a fleet of autonomous vehicles set to embark in San Francisco. And it’s not just our staff working with the company. Our students are gaining real-world industry experiences through exciting projects that develop and utilise their advanced technical skills. So far, we’ve seen seven Flinders graduates join the Supashock staff as a result of their placements. That number looks set to grow as we broaden our research and development work, training programs and internships with the rising-star company.