Dana is now supporting an expanded roster of Ford all-wheel-drive vehicle programmes from its manufacturing facility in Chongqing, China.
Dana recently began producing its Spicer AdvanTEK Ultra axles with Spicer SmartConnect disconnecting all-wheel-drive systems for the Ford Escape, Lincoln Nautilus and Lincoln Corsair.
Dana’s operations in Chongqing have been supplying Spicer AdvanTEK Ultra rear-drive units for the Ford Edge programme in Asia-Pacific since the 2019 model year.
The drive units use Dana’s Spicer AdvanTEK axle technology, which delivers efficiency by reducing oil churning along with gear and bearing friction.
“Advanced drive technologies are enabling impressive gains in performance, fuel efficiency and ride and handling for today’s vehicles,” said Dana EVP and president of Dana Light Vehicle Driveline Systems, Bob Pyle.
“The expansion of Dana’s support for Ford demonstrates our commitment to innovation as well as our strong and growing collaboration with customers in China and the entire Asia-Pacific region.”
Engineered for vans, crossovers, SUVs and other light vehicles, the Spicer AdvanTEK Ultra axle delivers fuel efficiency across all torques, speeds and temperatures, says Dana. It leverages ultra-low viscosity lubricants while maintaining gear durability and life to achieve up to a 45% reduction in energy loss compared with a typical axle.
Axles are traditionally designed to durability specifications, which is followed by engineers calculating the thinnest oil that may be used without sacrificing component life. Dana engineers reversed the process for the Spicer AdvanTEK Ultra axle by first defining the specifications for an ultra-low viscosity lubricant and then designing compatible gears and bearings that take full advantage of the lubricant without sacrificing durability and noise, vibration and harshness performance.
The Spicer AdvanTEK Ultra axle serves as a launchpad for future applications, including supplementing hybrid vehicles as automakers transition into electrification.
Spicer SmartConnect technology helps global automotive manufacturers address evolving emissions regulations while maintaining the safety and control that are key advantages of AWD systems on SUVs, crossovers and other light vehicles. Vehicles with disconnecting AWD systems are designed to automatically transition to AWD when the system predicts or detects slipping at the wheels, such as during rapid acceleration or in icy and other low-traction conditions.
The Spicer SmartConnect system configures the drivetrain to work in front-wheel-drive mode for the majority of driving conditions and engages AWD only when needed.