BorgWarner, a global leader in
clean and efficient technology solutions for combustion, hybrid and electric
vehicles, supplies two versions of its advanced electro-hydraulically actuated
all-wheel drive (AWD) coupling for the new Volkswagen Crafter. One coupling
features a differential lock control at the rear axle, and one coupling does
not. By accurately distributing torque between the front and rear axle,
BorgWarner’s compact, lightweight AWD solution provides high torque accuracy
for improved fuel economy as well as enhanced stability, traction and handling
on a variety of terrains.
“At BorgWarner, we offer
customers advanced solutions that are easily integrated into their specific
applications,” said Dr. Stefan Demmerle, President and General Manager, BorgWarner
PowerDrive System, adding that “We are very pleased to expand our long-standing
cooperation with Volkswagen by providing our leading AWD coupling for the
Volkswagen Crafter for the first time.”
To meet the challenges posed
by Volkswagen’s stringent requirements and the Crafter’s rigid rear axle,
BorgWarner added an optional differential lock control with a new electronic
control unit (ECU) to its AWD coupling. The ECU features an adaptable vehicle
dynamics software to facilitate the desired driving characteristics and
controls the optional differential lock to allow smooth starts by improving
traction on split-friction road surfaces which in turn reduces tire wear.
The coupling’s electronically
controlled wet multi-plate clutch allows the torque distribution to be varied
between the two axles automatically, providing the rear axle with the required
amount of torque for practically all driving conditions. Because the AWD
coupling functions independently of the differential speed between the front
and the rear axle, full locking torque is available at any given time and
speed, depending on road conditions and vehicle load distribution.
Offering a lightweight,
high-performance design as well as best-in-class response time, torque capacity
and accuracy, BorgWarner’s AWD solution contributes to significantly improved
handling and traction as well as fuel economy.
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