The men behind the SSL products are both Morgan enthusiasts and regularly drive their cars on the road.
Daniel White Director Suspension Supplies Ltd.
Dan’s involvement with Morgan goes back to his fascination with his Grand Father’s three-wheeler in the 1950’s.
He has driven Morgans for many years and currently has a 1600 Sigma 4/4, which of course is now fully equipped with the RS up front and the 5L at the rear. This car has already done well over ten thousand miles.
In the 1970s Dan worked with Maurice Owen at the Morgan Motor Company to develop various new suspension ideas and supplied most of their suspension production parts.
A qualified engineer and apprentice trained spring maker, he has spent nearly forty-five years working on suspensions.
He has worked with ICI and Formula One teams and the McLaren Can-Am programme to introduce and develop titanium suspension springs.
He created the company SSL to support the classic car market's demand for advanced and durable suspension systems. Dan works closely with UK and European spring manufacturers who design and make springs using the latest techniques and methods to suit even the most challenging applications.
Dan White and his 2014 Morgan fitted with the Production SSL RS and SSL 5L front and rear suspensions.
Peter Ballard CEng MIMechE. Director Suspension Supplies Ltd.
Peter drives a 2.0L 1984 Morgan 4/4 and is very enthusiastic about Morgans but felt that some aspects of the suspension needed refinement.
Initially he collaborated with Dan White to optimise and release the RS front suspension kit. To complement the RS front suspension kit, Peter designed a new five-link rear suspension with ‘coil overs’ that incorporated a novel system for progressive roll stiffness. It is a system that can easily be fitted to a standard chassis with no welding or drilling. The end result being an assembly of parts that can be easily fitted once the leaf springs and damper hoop are removed and could, if required, be returned to the original leaf spring setup. So the SSL 5L (Five Link) rear suspension system was born.
The end result is no less a Morgan but is one that is both comfortable and fast and a pleasure to drive.
Peter has, in his varied career, worked for Leyland Trucks, Lotus Engineering as Principal Engineer, Team Lotus F1, Avon Rubber automotive and with a major defence company as head of testing and development of advanced military vehicle suspension.
Peter Ballard with the 1980's 2.0L 4/4, the initial development car for the RS and 5L front and rear suspensions.