PROVIDE RALLY TECHNOLOGY USED FOR DEFENCE
Technology used to win the grueling World Rally Championship could help drivers of military vehicles negotiate demanding terrain at higher speed and with increased stability and safety.
British motorsport specialist Prodrive developed the torque control technology that helped Subaru secure six World Rally titles, and has now adapted the system to give military vehicles increased capability while also making them easier and safer to drive.
Prodrive's Active Torque Dynamics (ATD) increases both safety and capability by using computer control to automatically manage the amount of torque delivered to each wheel. As well as optimizing traction, the system improves vehicle stability and maneuverability.
The system also brings substantial improvements in slippery conditions. Many all-wheel-drive vehicles are fitted with lockable differentials to help traction, but effective use of these devices requires a high level of driver skill and draws concentration away from the operational environment. ATD automatically optimizes differential locking, increasing climbing and braking capability, eliminating the need to stop to adjust settings, and ensuring full steering control and maximum maneuverability at all times.
Prodrive ATD can be fitted to new vehicles with minimal additional engineering, and can also be retrofitted to some vehicles that already have suitable differentials. Prodrive already has a number of defence consultancy projects under its belt. The motorsport culture of delivering results under extreme time constraints translates into satisfying the military contracts.