First Name: Rick
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Southern California
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That isn't actually correct.
Just considering one axle:
When both wheels grip the diff applies equal torque to both half-shafts - half the propshaft torque to each.
f there is a locking diff and one wheel has no traction the full torque from the propshaft will be applied to the gripping wheel's half-shaft.
With a braked system with open diff the two half-shafts always get half the torque - the slipping wheel is prevented from spinning by the brake, which from the drive line's point of view is the same as being on the ground.
Exactly. People here are confusing traction control with Selectrain functions. When the system applies the brake to a wheel off the ground, the differential sees that as a wheel with perfect traction against an unmovable object (like a straight vertical brick wall) and sends the torque to the other end of the axle.
This concept is not new, its just been re-engineered with modern technology. Porsche used this idea on the 959 which now costs $1,100,000.00 . Once a wheel comes off the ground or loses traction, whats important is that power to that wheel be redirected elsewhere for maximum ability. How you achieve that can be many different ways.
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