Mitsubishi On Ice

Given that it is winter in the northern hemisphere (and certainly still here in Detroit), it seems that driving on ice seems to be a popular undertaking.

Given that it is winter in the northern hemisphere (and certainly still here in Detroit), it seems that driving on ice seems to be a popular undertaking.

Word comes from Mitsubishi Motor America that its Outlander and Outlander Sport models have recently achieved five Guinness World Records within a 24-hour period. The records-setting event occurred at Ghost Lake near Calgary, Alberta, Canada, during which time driver Garvin Cross achieved the following in the Super All-Wheel Control (S-AWC)-equipped vehicles:

1. Greatest distance driven by a vehicle in reverse on snow in 30 seconds
2. Shortest braking distance by a vehicle on ice
3. Most vehicle figure eights on ice in two minutes
4. Fastest vehicle slalom relay on ice
5. Fastest driven square lap.

Here is the driving in reverse (we don’t understand why anyone would actually do that, unless, perhaps, being pursued by a Yeti):

So, what’s the means by which all of this is achieved? It’s the S-AWC, which is actually a combination of functions, including active stability control, an active center differential, active yaw control rear differential, and ABS. And there is a suite of sensors deployed, as well, including those for individual wheel speeds, throttle opening, steering wheel angle, and the vehicle's lateral and longitudinal positioning The system is not only capable of a front-rear torque split, but of modulating torque to each wheel as required.

In a non-ice related bit of news: Mitsubishi has announced that in mid-2012 the Outlander Sport, which is presently manufactured in Japan, will go into production at the Mitsubishi Motors North America plant in Normal, IL.