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Exclusive: An Inside Look At Ford’s New 10 Speed Transmission
By Timur Apakidze on December 1, 2014
Source : TTAC


Lately there has been a lot of speculation on what the Ford Motor Company has been up to with their 10 speed transmission design. All we know is that there is a joint venture between Ford and GM to develop the next generation 10 speed transmission for next generation RWD trucks and cars. This article pieces together the information available from the invention disclosures from Ford, and makes educated guesses about the actual design. While the author sincerely hopes that these guesses are educated in nature, there is a possibility that the guesses are completely off base. With that disclaimer out of the way, let us look at what facts are at our disposal, and what the Ford 10 speed automatic transmission design is likely to look like when it is sees the light of day. If you are interested, read on.

US Patent number 8,834,310 is one of the many many patents granted to Ford for the design or design elements of a 10 speed automatic transmission. This same basic power flow was first disclosed in US patent number 8,545,362 but clearly it has been refined as the project has progressed. In September 2014, the annual Henry Ford Technology Awards winners were announced. Every year a maximum of ten awards are given out by Ford to recognize and honor technical achievements in the fields of Product Development, Manufacturing, and Research. One of the awards was



“For the design and development of the Next Generation 10-Speed RWD Automatic Transmission Family; advanced automatic transmission technology is critical to meet stringent government fuel economy regulations and customer expectations for increased performance.”

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Nice find! Though most of the article I don't understand, what I could sounds interesting. I just hope GM gets the software right - just never seemed fully sorted out in my old Malibu LTZ. Much better in my ATS, though even there I'm much happier with how the transmission works when it is in sport setting vs. normal.
 

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I thought the 10 speed was to be a collaboration between GM and Ford?
 

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I thought the 10 speed was to be a collaboration between GM and Ford?
It is, however I think Ford is leading the RWD development and GM is leading the development of the FWD 9-speed. Somebody correct me if I am wrong.
 

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I clicked the link excited at the prospect of a 10 speed manual...
 
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