The Perfect Ride is a vision, a philosophy, an ideal. An impossible dream but one I’ve been pursuing relentlessly for over 15 years. Everyone has their own sense of what perfection means to them. In truth, ‘perfection is death’ as a spiritual teacher of mine once said. Everything alive has flaws and non-idealities. However, the pursuit of perfection, or even better, the pursuit of EXCELLENCE, is compelling and important.
Fat Cat Motorsports, Inc. is the company I founded in 2006 to help give form to my relentless pursuit for understanding and optimizing suspensions. I chose my company name as an gag sponsor at my first autocross back in 1996. Ten years later, I knew I had to come good – there was no other name I could use for this fledgling company. Just goes to show, the physicists were right – the future really does influence the past! In the process of seeking maximum speed and lowest lap times, I began to discover that a fast suspension needed to be smoother than I expected. It led me to question prevailing ideas about what made for the ultimate suspension, or assumptions people had about how to properly tune a car for competitive events, racing, etc.
When we don’t settle for whatever we’re handed, when we question the why and how of something, we naturally come to ask the question – “what’s possible? Is this really the best there is?” I’ve been asking that since the first time I installed a set of shocks, the first time I turned a knob to adjust rebound, the first time someone said “use this product” without saying why. We will explore the hows and whys and what’s possible here, in as much detail as I can muster. And yeah, I’ll have a helluva lot of fun in the process so I hope you do, too!
I LOVE this stuff – can’t you tell?? If you read my posts here or on other forums I engage in, or watch my videos (Suspension Truth YouTube channel) , you’ll probably get hooked, too (you’ve been warned!). I welcome your thoughts, experience, ideas, and brainstorms on this blog. I want it to be as interactive as possible. Your ideas will spawn new posts, new experiments, new “what-ifs” that get my juices going! I live this stuff, obsessively as anyone who knows me is well-aware. Yes, I’m asking you to feed my addiction. Ask me a question. Share an idea. Challenge me while being polite (keep it classy, people) and we’ll get along just fine. As a friend of mine said long ago “you don’t have to like me, but you WILL respect me.”
If you’re ready to take the next step and see what all this hubbub is about, stay tuned for updates and get active. I also invite you to explore more on my Suspension Truth Youtube channel and if you’re ready for a physical solution or willing to pay for my consulting time to help design an excellent suspension for your needs, fill out an FCM Elite consultation form. I look forward to every interaction with an Elite customer, because as a part of our Fat Cat Motorsports tribe, you are commissioning me, a Suspension Sculptor and Ride Harmonizer, to lovingly craft an exceptional suspension for your vehicle that gets as close to Perfection as is humanly possible.