Welcome to the fourth in a series of videos designed to answer the crucial question: will he drift?
We have four hot 4WD sedans – the new 2021 Volkswagen Golf R, the latest Mercedes-AMG A45 S, the Toyota GR Yaris and a Ford Focus RS Mk3. And we take them all in a low-grip dumpster to answer the most vital questions. Will they go aside?
Then we also have a not quite conventional two-wheel drive sedan. The Renault Clio V6.
This time it’s the Toyota GR Yaris. It has Toyota’s own four-wheel drive system with a torque sensing differential (Torsen) up front, an electromechanical clutch in the middle, and another Torsen limited slip differential at the rear. The rear axle can withstand up to 70% of the overall system torque and is even tuned 1% faster than the front axle. Will that be enough on this very low grip and very slow Thruxton pan skid? Or will it take the handbrake to help?
This series complements an Autocar article written on torque vectoring, which includes full technical details and interviews with the engineers behind these cars. We’ll update this description when it goes live – but for now, remember that you can pick up the magazine at all good newsagents and through a digital subscription.
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This notice was published: 2021-08-05 16:29:49