To go on sale in the US early this year, the third generation Ford Focus will be available with a brand new vehicle stability control (VSC) system that will employ torque vectoring to improve handling. Apparently, inspiration came from downhill skiing and snowboarding techniques!

“The new Focus is the first North American Ford vehicle to offer torque vectoring control. This is a technology that has been offered on high-end sports cars, yet Ford is making it standard on their new small car,” said Rick Bolt, program manager for the Focus.

He added that torque vectoring will be included across the range. “Torque vectoring control elevates the dynamic capability of the entire Focus model range, from an S series sedan through a Titanium Sport Package hatchback.”

The principle is simple. The system will apply slight braking on the inside wheel when the Focus takes a bend; this prevents slippage as it then travels a shorter distance while doing the same speed as the outer wheel. It’s not very different from what a mechanical limited-slip differential does, but this is a cheaper solution. Another inexpensive new car that has torque vectoring is the Nissan Juke with All-Mode 4X4-i