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Ford: More models will get Focus RS' AWD system
By Justin King
Wednesday, Feb 4th, 2015

Ford has confirmed that the new Focus RS will not be the company's only vehicle outfitted with its new twin-clutch all-wheel-drive technology.
The system utilizes two electronically controlled clutch packs, one on each side of the rear drive unit, which control the front/rear torque split and the side-to-side torque distribution on the rear axle.

The configuration allows 70 percent of the total engine torque to be sent to the rear axle, while up to 100 percent of the available rear torque can be assigned to each rear wheel.

A computer preemptively diverts torque to the outer rear wheel during cornering maneuvers, helping to improve turn-in and mitigate understeer.

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Sounds like a win-win-win for Ford.

Once you have own the base model Ford you have established yourself a bit, you will have some really good RS race winning halo AWD cars to move up to, rather than move off to base model Audi, BMW or Mercedes Benz later in life.

It's not hard to see why Ford are good a retaining customer interest in the brand, and winning new conquest customers.

A awesome nice v8 Stang would still be the only new Ford car for me though it oozes a mountain load of character, charisma, personality & charm rather than a dull anodyne lack lustre shaped car.
An AWD Focus halo car sounds great.

Good to see Ford are on roll with this one, not a big fan of FWD Fords, l would never by a FWD car personally, but the AWD Ford RS certainly is starting to register on the radar. At long last Ford are catering for everyone nobody need feel left out of the small car buying process with what sounds like a really excellent funtastic car, well done Ford with lots relatively cheap to buy Quattro's in every model line up, it will be a win-win-win for Ford which should lift falling revenue & sales in places like Europe.
 

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Stupid GM!!! What do we have to go against that. They need to wake up.
 

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The configuration allows 70 percent of the total engine torque to be sent to the rear axle, while up to 100 percent of the available rear torque can be assigned to each rear wheel.

A computer preemptively diverts torque to the outer rear wheel during cornering maneuvers, helping to improve turn-in and mitigate understeer.
Wow, sounds like a very aggressive system! Dom other manufacturers have a set-up like this, or is Ford doing something unique? Either way, pretty darn exciting for this class of car! Ford is going to have the best performance lineup of any mass-market brand.
 

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Wow, sounds like a very aggressive system! Dom other manufacturers have a set-up like this, or is Ford doing something unique? Either way, pretty darn exciting for this class of car! Ford is going to have the best performance lineup of any mass-market brand.
Torque-vectoring isn't new - it uses individual wheel(s) braking to transfer torque to the wheels with grip - a number of manufacturers use it instead of LSDs in their cars, including Hyundai/Kia in the Santa Fe/Sorento.
 

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Take the Focus RS AWD system, put the 2.0T EcoBoost in it and make it a Lincoln sedan with an automatic please.

Then shut up and take my money, Ford.
Make an actually sexy midsize Lincoln sedan with this and the larger V6 EcoBoost from the Raptor for basically an American S6 and I'd forsake Cadillac.

No Focus. Too small, not impressive enough.
 
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