Ford could have discovered a manner for drifting to reside on within the age of electrical vehicles.
First noticed by Motor1a latest patent submitting with the USA Patent and Trademark Workplace (USPTO) reveals a drift mode designed to work with an internal-combustion engine or electrical motor.
Ford launched drift mode on the Focus RS, utilizing the automobile’s all-wheel-drive system to ship extra torque to the rear wheels—notably the surface rear wheel—to assist induce a slide. In 2017, the automaker additionally confirmed an adjunct Drift Stick digital handbrake. However the drift mode described in Ford’s patent submitting works in another way than these earlier iterations.
2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E GT
Based on the paperwork, this model of drift mode would decouple the pushed wheels, use the automobile’s friction brakes to lock them up and begin a slide, after which add torque to maintain the drift going. The quantity of torque could be decided by wheel-speed sensor knowledge. A pc would evaluate the precise wheel pace to a predetermined drift-friendly goal.
Using friction brakes units this method other than Ford’s earlier efforts, in addition to the drift modes employed by present BMW M and Mercedes-Benz AMG fashions, in addition to the Volkswagen Golf R. However will we see it on a manufacturing automobile?
A patent submitting isn’t any assure of manufacturing plans. Automakers are fast to patent new applied sciences even when they do not intend to make use of them on manufacturing autos imminently. However Ford has proven an curiosity in electrical efficiency autos with the Mustang Mach-E GT, and a brand new Focus RS may flip up in some unspecified time in the future for the European market. So by no means say by no means.