The Ford Focus RS is just the beginning of more high-performance models from the American automaker.
Making its debut earlier this week, there was a lot to be excited about with the hot hatch including it’s 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine with over 320 hp. But perhaps what sports car enthusiasts are really looking forward to is the American automaker’s new all-wheel drive system that not only delivers power to the front and rear wheels but is capable of distributing it side-to-side at each axle.
“If you look at the thread of the presentation and what we’ve used these fast Fords for in the past, a lot of mainstream technologies that we use today came from these vehicles,” Joe Bakaj, Ford of Europe’s VP of product development in an interview with Car and Driver. “And I can see this as one of those technologies of the future.”
The system is similar to Land Rover‘s “Active Driveline,” that is found in the high-performance variants of the Range Rover Evoque. Both Ford and Land Rover’s systems utilize twin electronically-controlled clutches so that the rear axle can send torque to the wheels and of course, both are equipped with side-by-side torque vectoring. It is also being reported that Ford worked with Sweden-based GKN Driveline on its system, which is the same company that developed Land Rover’s system.
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Installing the system in other products would also be a smart financial decision considering how much it cost to re-engineer the Focus for all-wheel drive.
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[Source: Car and Driver]
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