Published on April 13th, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control, ready for ALL drivers
Mazda is a car company well known for always doing a little more for drivers who appreciate driving dynamics. You could say, their engineers are real drivers! Now, Mazda wants to look at how to make their cars more dynamic from behind the wheel and from a passenger’s point of view.
Mazda deploying its newest piece of technology, called G-Vectoring Control (GVC), as a standard feature in all new 2017 model vehicles like the all new Mazda6 and Mazda3 ranage. Eventually, GVC, which is an advanced form of chassis management, will be standard on every Mazda sold, including the SUV range.
G-Vectoring Control (GVC) is new to the industry and so let us explain what it really is.
Mazda engineers spent a good 8-years developing GVC to ensure their new Mazda 3 and in the future all Mazda made vehicles will have handling dynamics like no other vehicle.
Mazda engineers spent plenty of time watching human behaviour, not only behind the wheel but also in doing something as simple as walking, running or even sitting in a vehicle as a passenger. The end result is a clever software system that reads steering inputs and ever-so-subtly reduces engine torque to the driven wheels. The result of that torque reduction, like a race car driver ‘lifting off’ on the track, is a shift of the vehicle’s weight forward. This adds more ‘bite’ to the driven tyres and therefore more grip and confidence at any speed.
The result, according to Mazda, is more assured handling and balance. That, and more certainty to the way the vehicle reacts to the road conditions, which dictate what the driver is doing with the steering wheel.
This technology is a direct result of Mazda so intensely observing human behaviour and how the body reacts to motion. Every action within the human structure is linked, so that as a vehicle tips into a corner for example, the body will do all kinds of balancing acts to try to keep the occupant’s head (and therefore eyeline) level.