DETROIT -- Suppliers GKN Driveline and ZF Friedrichshafen AG will jointly develop, manufacture and market rear-axle torque vectoring systems for rear- and all-wheel-drive vehicles.
The torque vectoring system transfers power between the wheels on an awd or rwd vehicle to create better traction during high-performance cornering and on slippery roads.
The first product, ZFs VectorDrive, will have GKN-produced torque vectoring hardware supplied to ZF, which will supply the electric motors, electronic control units and programming. ZF will assemble and deliver the final system to customers.
ZFs VectorDrive will be used on a future BMW product, according to a press release.
ZF Friedrichshafen, of Baden-Wuettenberg, Germany, ranks 16th on the Automotive News list of the top 100 global suppliers, with an estimated $9.80 billion in sales to automakers in 2006. The company supplies transmissions, steering systems, suspension components, axles, clutches and dampers.
GKN Driveline supplies sideshafts, propshafts, transmission products and torque management devices. Its parent company, GKN plc UK, of Worcestershire, England, ranks 28th on the list of the top 100 global suppliers, with sales of $5.15 billion in its 2006 fiscal year.