Jun 9, 2011

The Clever New Transmission That Could Improve Performance in Ford's Small Cars

Ford recently discussed the expansion of their fuel-efficient power trains, in which the company refers to their new eight speed automatic transmission that will feature an input torque sensor that enables faster selection of the proper gear. This sensor is Methodes Non-Contact torque sensor, which utilizes magneto-elastic technology, a patented sensing technology which allows significant advancement in powertrain controls, improving shift quality and reliability. Rugged and reliable, Methode's torque sensor is designed to operate under harsh environmental conditions. We are honored to have been included in Ford's advanced technologies.

A recent article in PopularMechanics.com refers to the torque sensor as an impressive feature. Again referring to Ford's new eight speed automatic transmissions, the article calls the sensor, the holy grail of transmission control.

"It's rare for a functional car technology like a new transmission to get as much attention as a rumbling, powerful engine Ford announced an all-new 8-speed automatic transmission. But it packs a technology wallop, with one particularly impressive feature: the real-time engine-torque sensor."

Read more at PopularMechanics.com: http://www.popularmechanics.com/cars/news/fuel-economy/clever-new-transmission-could-improve-performance-in-fords-small-cars

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