2017 Ford Focus RS All-Wheel Drive System
When we first discovered that the 2017 Ford Focus would be making its way to America, we didn’t think anything would ever come close to topping that news, and although no announcements have been quite as exciting as the U.S. release date, word of the all-wheel drive system is definitely a close second.
As we told you with our recent look at the upcoming new Focus RS, the performance-tuned compact car will receive a state-of-the-art torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system. Previous generations of the Focus have been configured exclusively with front-wheel drive, and although bringing the rear set of wheels into the equation was likely expensive, it will be worth it as it will provide a significant performance increase.
According to the automaker, bringing power to the back wheels was made possible with a rear-drive unit that is exclusive to the Focus. The unit has electronically-controlled clutches on either side of it, which are connected to the rear axle, allowing torque to be distributed to the axles and all four wheels individually.
Allow us to break down what all of this means. The 2017 Ford Focus RS all-wheel drive system will have the ability to manage front-to-rear torque distribution, and as the compact car will constantly monitor road conditions, the management system will be smooth. When necessary, up to 70 percent of the overall output will be able to be set to the back axle, which will help turn-in and reducing understeering. The clutch packs that we mentioned previously, will also be able to direct power from side to side across the rear axle.
Many of the all-wheel drive system features will help the new Focus RS to be capable of some serious drifting capabilities, but that is no secret, as one of the world’s most renowned drifters out there, Ken Block, was a consultant on the project. If you want to see the new system in action, we encourage you to check out the video that we’ve provided below where you can see Ken whipping around in the 2017 RS.
If you are interested in learning more about the upcoming 2017 Ford Focus RS and want to get details on all of the newest features, such as the unique torque-vectoring all-wheel drive system that we just went over, be sure to check back here on the Matt Ford blog. We will be sure to keep you updated as we move closer to the release date. There is sure to be plenty of exciting news rolling out in the coming months.
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