Mazda‘s new ‘vectoring control’ keeps vehicle balanced in corners
Mazda has detailed the first of several SkyActive-Vehicle Dynamics technologies that aim to better manage vehicle motion.
The first technology in the series, G-Vectoring Control (GVC), is claimed to be the world’s first control system to vary engine torque in response to steering inputs. Algorithms balance lateral and longitudinal acceleration forces, optimizing the vertical load on each wheel.
“Optimizing the load on each tire brings the movements of the car more in line with the driver’s intentions, reducing the need for steering corrections, including many that are made unconsciously,” Mazda said in a statement. “The outstanding traction the system provides inspires confidence and makes driving more fun.”
Handling is said to be significantly improved on wet, snowy or unpaved road surfaces. As an added bonus, GVC is said to smoothen the acceleration forces acting upon vehicle occupants, delivering a more comfortable ride.
GVC will first arrive with the updated Axela (Mazda3) in Japan. A US launch is slated for later this year, first via the 2017 Mazda6 and later with the 2017 Mazda3. The company plans to roll out additional SkyActiv-Vehicle Dynamics technologies in the near term.