GKN Driveline is a global leader in automotive technologies. They have now turned their attention to Ford's all-new RS, which debuted at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year.
The automotive branch of the global engineering company has developed a new version of its Twinster torque vectoring all-wheel drive system for the sporty hatchback, and will display the technology at the Frankfurt International Motor Show, which began yesterday.
GKN Automotive President of Engineering Peter Moelgg s commented: "GKN's AWD technologies and torque vectoring expertise are helping auto manufacturers take their cars into new territories. AWD is becoming the driveline of choice for performance cars because it's the most effective way of putting power onto the road, from the track to the Arctic Circle, with precision, efficiency and intelligence."
It took GKN engineers just 18 months to design and integrate both the Torque Vectoring Rear Drive Module and the Power Transfer Unit and CVJ sideshafts into the base front wheel drive platform of the Ford Focus RS .
In order to achieve this, they had to majorly reconfigure the system's componentry to fit the available space. GKN's in-house software and calibration teams worked in collaboration with Ford and its vehicle dynamics engineers in order to give the driveline four different driving modes.