Along with the release of the 2017 Mazda3 and 2017 Mazda6, Mazda have unveiled their latest advancement in driving technology – G-Vectoring Control. Inspired by the philosophy of Jinb a-Ittai (‘horse and rider as one’), Mazda have endeavoured to give drivers even greater control and feedback when braking, accelerating and turning.
How does G-Vectoring Control Work?
This first addition to the SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS series offers drivers greater control over the car by adjusting the lateral and longitudinal acceleration forces together. In doing so, the engine torque is adjusted in response to steering inputs, and controls the vertical loading on each tyre. When the car begins turning, the vertical load is shifted to the front tyres by generating a deceleration G-force. As a result, the front-wheel grip is increased, improving the vehicles responsiveness. If a consistent steering angle is maintained, the G-Vectoring Control recovers the engine torque, transferring the load to the rear wheels to enhance stability.
These small adjustments offer the driver greater confidence in the car’s ability to follow their intentions, reducing the need for corrections. However, the subtlety of G-Vectoring Control means there is zero driver or passenger discomfort.
1) Increased Driver Confidence
The innovative G-Vectoring Control Systems allows drivers to feel confident that the car will follow their intended line precisely. This applies not only to turning, but also to the minute changes in direction caused by road surface irregularities. The slight force redistribution made by the G-Vectoring Control greatly reduces the need for driver corrections.
2) Reduced Fatigue
The need to constantly make minor – often unconscious – corrections while driving is one of the key factors that contributes to driver fatigue. On long journeys, the reduced need for corrections created by the G-Vectoring Control means drivers will feel more alert.
3) Increased Comfort
On top of reduced fatigue, the G-Vectoring Control System creates a smoother transition between G-forces. This reduces body and head sway, providing a more comfortable ride.
4) Greater Peace of Mind
5) No Additional Weight
As G-Vectoring Control is a software based technology, it requires no additional space or weight. Instead it utilises Mazda’s SKYACTIV-engines, SKYACTIV-transmissions and SKYACTIV-chassis to create this improved G-force distribution.