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Old 12-28-2010, 05:42 AM   #1
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2012 Ford Focus equipped with brake-based torque vectoring



The 2012 Ford Focus is set to hit dealers early next year, and in addition to a cadre of standard and optional features, Ford is equipping every new Focus with its new breed of "torque vectoring control."

For the uninitiated, torque vectoring systems actively split power between the two driven wheels to maximize traction and increase performance. Some higher-end systems manipulate the output to each wheel through a set of electronically controlled gears, while others apply a subtle amount of braking to the inside wheel, causing more power to be sent to the outside wheel, thus helping rotate the vehicle through a turn. Ford is using the latter on the 2012 Focus, the first implementation of its kind on a Blue Oval model in North America.

Thanks to the continued implementation of standard traction control systems, these torque vectoring setups are becoming more common and have finally reached the compact segment. While the benefits generally outweigh the negatives, we've found other brake-based systems have a tendency to overheat the pads, rotors and fluid when flogged long and hard enough (ahem, GTI). We'll be able to test it out for ourselves soon, so look for a full driving report in just over a month. In the meantime, get the full details in the press release after the jump.

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Old 12-28-2010, 05:44 AM   #2
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Cool stuff. Essentially EVERY 2012 Focus will be equipped with an electronic differential system similar to the one found on the 2010 GTI. This stuff is usually reserved for the top-end trims of other manufacturers. Very nice!
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i hope they offer the ST with a real diff when it comes out.
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i hope they offer the ST with a real diff when it comes out.
I wouldn't bet on it. Other cars in the segment seem to be favoring the electronic differential system for cost-cutting and fuel economy (weight-saving) purposes. When you've got a car already equipped with stability control, it makes things easier/cheaper to simply use programs to emulate the effect of a differential using the same sensors. Nowadays mechanical differentials are reserved for niche markets like the EVO/STI and 4WD pickups/Jeeps. Hopefully they won't die out too... :-(
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While the braking route is the less optimal choice, it still is a nice feature, and one I look forward to in my 2012 Focus.
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I wouldn't bet on it. Other cars in the segment seem to be favoring the electronic differential system for cost-cutting and fuel economy (weight-saving) purposes. When you've got a car already equipped with stability control, it makes things easier/cheaper to simply use programs to emulate the effect of a differential using the same sensors. Nowadays mechanical differentials are reserved for niche markets like the EVO/STI and 4WD pickups/Jeeps. Hopefully they won't die out too... :-(
True, I think that's the way things are going with new cars. I'd still like to see a real diff in there =/
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