COMMENT: Automakers get to grips with torque vectoring

A day on Sweden’s frozen lakes highlights how the torque-on-tap from an electric vehicle can boost traction and safety for everyday driving. By Freddie Holmes

Arvidsjaur Airport is located about 550 miles (885km) north of Stockholm, and shares similar latitude with the uppermost point of Iceland. The remote Swedish town is so far north, in fact, that it lies at the base of the Arctic Circle. For a part of the world where midday temperatures often dip below minus 30 degrees Celsius, minus 18 is regarded as ‘warm’ by locals.

It might seem a peculiar location to find some of the biggest names in the automotive industry, but arrivals are greeted by marketing from the likes of Continental, GKN and Magna. And for good reason: this area of Northern Sweden plays host to the world’s leading automakers and their Tier 1 partners as they refine the next generation of advanced drivetrain solutions….

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