“More power to the deflector shield!”

No, Torque Vectoring is not some Star Trek-ian technology, but it’s close! Imagine being able to detect, analyze and react to current driving conditions over 100 times per second. Sounds crazy, right? Even the greatest drivers in the world can’t react that fast. But what we’re talking about here isn’t a driver’s reaction, it’s the car’s.

Previously only available on high-end import vehicles, Torque Vectoring Control has made its way to a number of Fords, including the 2013 Focus. It works like this: sensors inside the car detect imbalances in power to the front wheels and can apply a nearly imperceptible amount of breaking to the overpowered wheel to compensate.

Let’s take a real world example. Say you are accelerating through a turn. In this situation, your inner wheel is spinning much faster than the outer one. By applying the brakes to the inner wheel, power, and more importantly torque, is transferred to the outer wheel. Traction is maximized, you’re safer, and you probably didn’t even notice a thing.

Not only will Torque Vectoring Control help driving enthusiasts enjoy a closer feel for the road, but new drivers can rest assured that their agility and handling won’t be compromised by road and curve conditions.