Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
1 | 2 


Mad Scientist
18706 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2381

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 768375 24-Feb-2013 07:07
Send private message

i once had a rav4 (1st gen) - put it for sale within 1 month!

so my summary now on how all subaru might work

front-back: some if not most can go 10/90 - 90/10 torque transfer: if that's true wow

left right: they use a fluid to stiffen the wheel with no traction transferring torque to the wheel with traction. not sure how effective but perhaps pretty ok.

if BOTH are true you could get 80% torque going to ONE wheel??? (number made up: assume left rear is the only wheel not spinning the centre diff will transfer 90% torque to the back and of that 90% the rear axle diff sends 50-90% to the left rear)

of course just a guess ... who knows in real life without precision testing haha

to add to the legacygt.com post - the new forester has an X mode + CVT ... so that post needs some updating :D

103 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 11


  Reply # 768778 25-Feb-2013 11:02
Send private message

Have checked with the technicians at work, AWD on all Subaru models follow the same basic principles: power is transferred to and from wheels which the various sensors find are slipping and losing traction, or need it most. Turning left will favour the front-right wheel etc. This is always operating, and is thus 'active' (compared to some other AWD systems which are really just 2WD and react when needed).



Mad Scientist
18706 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 2381

Trusted
Lifetime subscriber

  Reply # 770180 25-Feb-2013 22:38
Send private message

Cambo: Have checked with the technicians at work, AWD on all Subaru models follow the same basic principles: power is transferred to and from wheels which the various sensors find are slipping and losing traction, or need it most. Turning left will favour the front-right wheel etc. This is always operating, and is thus 'active' (compared to some other AWD systems which are really just 2WD and react when needed).


subaru is full time 4wd. power is fed to all wheels all the time. others are part time 4wd. power is fed to rear wheels when the computer determines.

i am not sure why the mechanic calls it active. probably a sales ploy. all cars that have computers are active!

"turning left will favour front right wheel"
this means nothing. turning left ALWAYS requires the right wheels to rotate faster. 4wd or 2wd or wd the same. otherwise the car will not turn properly. hence if you "lock the diff" when driving normally the diff will break (not to mention the tyres will chew down like chewing gum).

there is however something called torque vectoring where the computer knows the car has a tendency to understeer, so when you are cornering the computer will actively feed power to the outside rear wheel to create a tendency to oversteer to balance the understeer. of course, the car will not lose control as the computer integrates vehicle dynamic stability (or equivalent) to do just that.

as far as i'm aware subaru does not employ such torque vectoring computing. audi RS cars and nissan juke and some other high end cars i'm sure, do that.

14215 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1828


  Reply # 770187 25-Feb-2013 22:53
Send private message

The 3rd gen rav4 has 4WD that only activates when it is needed, although you can lock it for speeds under 40km. So 99.9% of the time it is 2WD. Also it is relatively economic to run abut 8l/100km with a 2.4 litre engine . There is however a new rav4 that has just come out which will have a smaller engine, just a 2 litre and will be be economic to run. But apparently the towing capacity is only about 500kg, which is less that the yaris. Athough I think there is also going to be a V6,

1170 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 147


  Reply # 770416 26-Feb-2013 12:24
Send private message

last time i looked the only subaru cars that employed torque vectoring were the high performance STI models.

plain jane models are limited by their open or viscous differentials.

1 | 2 
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic

Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Intel introduces new NUC kits and NUC mini PCs
Posted 16-Aug-2018 11:03


The Warehouse leaps into the AI future with Google
Posted 15-Aug-2018 17:56


Targus set sights on enterprise and consumer growth in New Zealand
Posted 13-Aug-2018 13:47


Huawei to distribute nova 3i in New Zealand
Posted 9-Aug-2018 16:23


Home robot Vector to be available in New Zealand stores
Posted 9-Aug-2018 14:47


Panasonic announces new 2018 OLED TV line up
Posted 7-Aug-2018 16:38


Kordia completes first live 4K TV broadcast
Posted 1-Aug-2018 13:00


Schools get safer and smarter internet with Managed Network Upgrade
Posted 30-Jul-2018 20:01


DNC wants a safer .nz in the coming year
Posted 26-Jul-2018 16:08


Auldhouse becomes an AWS Authorised Training Delivery Partner in New Zealand
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:55


Rakuten Kobo launches Kobo Clara HD entry level reader
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:44


Kiwi team reaches semi-finals at the Microsoft Imagine Cup
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:38


KidsCan App to Help Kiwi Children in Need
Posted 26-Jul-2018 15:32


FUJIFILM announces new high-performance lenses
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:57


New FUJIFILM XF10 introduces square mode for Instagram sharing
Posted 24-Jul-2018 14:44



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.