According to Ford, the system was inspired from downhill skiing and snowboarding techniques. “The new Focus is the first North American Ford vehicle to offer torque vectoring control”, said Rick Bolt, program manager for the Ford Focus. “This is a technology that has been offered on high-end sports cars, yet Ford is making it standard on their new small car”.
The system will apply a slight braking force to the driven wheel facing the inside of a corner, thus preventing slippage caused by the fact that it travels a shorter distance while having the same rolling speed as the outer wheel. The concept is similar to the limited slip differential system. However, Ford’s system is cheaper than a mechanical differential and should offer added safety for novice drivers.
“Torque vectoring control elevates the dynamic capability of the entire Focus model range, from an S series sedan through a Titanium Sport Package hatchback,” added Bolt.