Mazda uses engine to enhance handling
G-Vectoring Control is part of Mazda’s new Skyactiv-Vehicle DynamicsJoe Duarte
Published: July 13, 2016, 10:30 PM
Updated: July 18, 2016, 1:13 PM
Mazda is taking its Skyactiv technologies to a new level with the introduction of G-Vectoring Control on the newly-released refreshed Mazda3.
G-Vectoring Control (GVC) is part of Mazda’s newly created Skyactiv-Vehicle Dynamics, a suite of new-generation vehicle motion control technologies, which provide integrated control over engine, transmission, chassis and body to enhance the car’s Jinba-ittai feel — that sense of connection between car and driver.
G-Vectoring Control (GVC) uses the engine to enhance chassis performance, varying engine torque in response to steering inputs. That provides integrated control of the lateral and longitudinal forces generated by acceleration and optimizes the load on each wheel, resulting in smoother and, according to Mazda, more efficient vehicle motion.
The way it works is that optimizing the load on each wheel makes the vehicle react more in accord with the driver’s intentions, reducing the need for steering corrections. Also, the improved traction inspires driving confidence and enhances driving enjoyment. The reduction of acceleration forces prevents occupants from swaying, thus providing a more comfortable ride.
And to put an exclamation point on it, GVC improves sloppy weather and loose surface handling and stability.
Mazda is proclaiming it as a benefit to driver’s of all skill levels for its ability to enhance the vehicle dynamics from the slowest of urban commutes to the fastest of country-road sweepers, and also on steady highway cruises and in emergency manoeuvres.
The company says the system is highly versatile, with the ability to be applied to a vehicle of any class and drive train, provided the vehicle is also equipped with a Skyactiv engine and the Skyactiv chassis.