BMW Developing Faster Traction Control
By Jon Derrickson on January 5, 2018
Back when the BMW i3 was released, in September 2015 at the Frankfurt Motor Show, there were plenty of upgrades which made the car more desirable. For instance, it came with a slightly enhanced suspension system, and a 184-horsepower electric engine for added power. But, arguably the most noticeable feature, was the brilliant traction control.
Now, the renowned manufacturer has stated it is developing an improved version of that traction control feature. Going by what BMW have said, it will be integrated into all conventionally-powered BMW and Mini cars, both petrol and diesel engines. Their aim is to provide a better driving experience for front, rear and all-wheel drive models, and ensure pulling away is easy even on difficult terrains.
Moreover, the German outfit also announced that the new version will perform at 50-times the speed of the previous one, as the control process will be operated directly in the powertrain, rather than a remote unit. BMW claim that this will enable driving stability to improve in “adverse weather and road conditions when pulling away, in active brake energy regeneration phases, and when accelerating out of tight corners.”
Incredibly, the small i3, which is predominantly designed for use within a busy city, can notch up 62mph from a static start in just 6.8 seconds. Of course, that’s a result of both the new traction control, the powerful electric engine, and a wonderful sport mode.
Peter Langen, who is head of Chassis Development at BMW, expressed – “With their high levels of torque and instantaneous responses to every movement of the accelerator, electric motors already make significantly higher demands on driving stability systems than conventional power units.”
Ultimately, the new traction control system will work in the background to maximize the power and energy expenditure. So, don’t expect any drastic changes the next time you get behind the wheel!