Eaton to launch new E-LSD for FWD and RWD platforms

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Eaton is preparing to launch its latest product; IntelliTrac, a traction and torque management technology that features both electric and hydraulic components to improve performance on front- and rear-wheel-drive applications.

Scheduled to launch in 2017, IntelliTrac optimises torque distribution between wheels, while also providing a number of improvements compared to traditional all-wheel-drive systems, including weight savings of nearly 36kg.

The technology offers packaging flexibility because of its ability to be situated within an OEM’s existing axle house, negating the need for a prop shaft tunnel. The unit is fitted with a DC electric motor that is controlled by an ECU.

Eaton’s new electronic limited slip differential is compatible with other vehicle safety systems, such as anti-lock braking systems (ABS) and traction control and stability control systems, and is able to provide customised traction levels selected by the driver.

IntelliTrac will debut next year, on a 2018-model year vehicle from a major North American OEM.

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