Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 turned into a hybrid with a very complex all-wheel driveMarch 2, 2018
The company GKN Driveline, specializing in the development of electric drives, has turned the Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 into a plug-in hybrid with a mechanical and electrical traction distribution system between the wheels. For the modification, it was necessary to redesign 99 nodes and install 1340 new components.
In the gearbox of the charged crossover, GKN specialists integrated the Twister mechanical gearbox, which replaced the main gear and the front differential.
On the rear axle, the electric drive eTwinsterX was installed, the feature of which is a two-speed gearbox with an electric actuator. Thanks to a pair of multi-plate clutches, the unit can smoothly adjust the torque applied to each of the semi-axles.
The power of the electric motor integrated into the eTwinsterX unit is 163 horsepower and 210 Nm of torque.
Hybrid installation GKN can work in exclusively electric mode with a drive to the rear or front axle, and also in the mode of full drive with the connection of the internal combustion engine and the electric motor.
The company GKN Driveline is known for supplying electrical components and components to the world’s largest manufacturers. Among them – Porsche, BMW, Volvo and Peugeot.
In 1971, GKN built a prototype based on Jensen Interceptor FF – FFF100. It was equipped with a seven-liter V8 engine, the output of which was 600 horsepower, and the all-wheel drive transmission Formula Ferguson. His company used to showcase their latest developments.
During the races at the test site, the MIRA FFF100 was able to rain up to 161 km / h in the rain and completely stop in 12.2 seconds. On the dry track, the time was improved to 11.5 seconds. The record was beaten by McLaren F1.