Dana Incorporated recently
showcased its advanced driveline solutions to global automotive manufacturers
during its winter test events in Arjeplog, Sweden, and the Upper Peninsula of
Michigan. The tests demonstrated the
high-performance capabilities of Dana's AdvanTEK torque-vectoring all-wheel
drive system, Spicer Electrified e-drive gearbox, Spicer OpTiMa central tyre
inflation system (CTIS), and Spicer SmartConnect disconnecting all-wheel-drive
Dana is a world leader in
highly engineered solutions for improving the efficiency, performance, and
sustainability of powered vehicles and machinery. Dana supports the passenger vehicle, commercial
truck, and off-highway markets, as well as industrial and stationary equipment
Driving over snow, ice, and
rugged terrain, original-equipment manufacturers experienced Dana's
technologies under the testing grounds' harsh conditions. Each technology received extremely positive
remarks, exceeding customer expectations.
"At Dana we're leveraging
our industry-recognised expertise in driveline engineering to develop solutions
for traditional and electrified vehicle platforms that can tackle the most
challenging on-road and off-road conditions," said Bob Pyle, president,
Dana Light Vehicle Driveline Technologies.
"Winter testing is an effective way for customers to personally
experience the capabilities of our technologies in an extremely dynamic setting,"
Dana's torque-vectoring AWD
system combines the ultra-efficient AdvanTEK 3 system with a twin-clutch
mechatronic device that can deliver up to 1,700 Nm of torque capacity to each
wheel. During the Winter Test events,
the innovative solution was noted for its ability to stay cool on the rough
handling track and its ability to provide improved mobility and agility in the
Part of Dana's expanding
portfolio of electrified products, the Spicer Electrified e-drive gearbox
offers best-in-class noise, vibration, and harshness characteristics and
reliability. The module, designed for
multipurpose and light-commercial vehicles, has been validated with a maximum
torque capacity of 4400 Nm. Dana showed
the technology in action on a battery electric shuttle bus.
The Spicer OpTiMa CTIS
technology allows drivers to control tire pressure by making adjustments based
on the surface on which the vehicle is riding.
Particularly advantageous for vehicles that go from on- to off-road
terrains or from paved roads to an icy trail, the system can deflate tires from
40 to 10 pounds per square inch in two minutes.
The Winter Test was one of the first times Dana integrated the CTIS
technology – originally developed for defense and vocational vehicles – in a
Also showcased at one of the
company's testing events was Dana's Spicer SmartConnect disconnecting
all-wheel-drive technology, which helps automakers reduce emissions while also
increasing performance and maintaining the safety and control of the
vehicle. This system works to conserve
fuel by configuring the drivetrain to operate in front-wheel-drive mode when
possible, and seamlessly transitions to AWD when it detects slipping at the
wheel due to roadway conditions.
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