Steane Klose | Dec 6, 2007

Torque vectoring systems have just taken a step closer to becoming a reality in mainstream models over the coming years. Until now they have generally only been used in high end performance and AWD models. Torque Vectoring devices in simple terms are used to distribute torque to the drive wheels of a vehicle on an as-needs and individual basis. The benefits are enormous for maintaining traction and car control with the assistance of the requisite computers.

ZF Friedrichshafen AG and GKN Driveline have just announced a “sharing of technology and mind power” that is intended to bring systems such as Torque Vectoring into the common market and make them available to more manufacturers – and BMW have been the first to put their hand up.

Torque Vectoring systems are not limited to AWD applications and are just as effective in RWD vehicles. The new system being developed by the ZF/GKN joint venture is said to be modular and suitable for use by any manufacturer that sees fit to add it to their product. It features two vectoring units in the differential along with two electric motors which drive the brakes that operate the units. The process is as you would expect computer controlled.

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