Among the numerous features Ford Motor Co. will offer on its new 2012 Focus model will be something called torque vectoring control, a system designed to help power the car through corners.
The new system is designed to shift torque to the outer wheel as the Focus goes into a turn, both maximizing grip and improving performance.
Ford becomes the first automaker in the compact segment to offer torque vectoring, notes Focus program manager Rick Bolt. “Because torque vectoring control is on all our Focus models, it will elevate skill sets across a broad range of drivers,” he contends.
But Ford is just the latest on a growing list of manufacturers offering torque vectoring technology. Other makers that have adopted the concept include Audi, Acura and Subaru. The concept goes a giant leap beyond the time-tested limited-slip differential offered by most modern automakers. And with all-wheel-drive models can help overcome a tendency to push through corners.