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2012 Ford Focus to feature new stability system

By SYF77 on 07 Jan 2011

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The 2012 Focus will be available with a new vehicle stability control system, which uses torque vectoring to improve the car’s handling.

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.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.



 
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