Ford has patented the combustion of four-wheel electric vehicles

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Ford has patented the combustion of four-wheel electric vehicles

Ford has filed a patent application for a burnout method for electric cars that would allow electric cars to smoke the front tires, the rear tires, or all four.

He noticed it for the first time CarBuzzthe United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) published Ford’s application for an “electric vehicle performance mode that uses intentional wheel spin to heat tires” on March 2, after it was originally filed on August 30, 2021.

Ford EV burnout mode patent image

In the application, Ford discusses braking one axle while powering another axle to spin the tires to “spin out and heat or smoke the tire with it to improve traction and visually display performance.” In other words, burnout.

Using the brakes to hold the car in place while spinning the wheels sounds similar to the line-lock feature previously seen on the Ford Mustang, but applied to all-wheel-drive electric vehicles with motors driving both axles. This means that burnout mode can be used with either the front or rear wheels. In the accompanying sketches, clouds of smoke roll down from each set of wheels. The car shown is a Ford Mustang Mach-E, but this does not mean that this feature is intended for this model, as Ford has not confirmed the burnout mode for production.

Ford EV burnout mode patent image

Ford EV burnout mode patent image

The application also mentions “a sequential maneuver that spins the tires on the first axle, then the tires on the second axle,” potentially allowing all four wheels to burn out. This would be activated by “specified manipulation of the brake pedal and accelerator,” according to the application.

Ford tried to show the potential of electric vehicles with the Mustang Mach-E 1400, which easily spins all four tires thanks to its seven 1400 HP engines. It’s unlikely that such a powertrain will end up in a road car, but this burnout method is a more plausible way to increase the fun factor for EV buyers.

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