Rivian made fairly a splash with its viral video portraying one in every of its R1T electrical pickups primarily turning on the spot, like a tank, by driving the wheels on one aspect ahead, whereas the others are moving into reverse. Nevertheless, the characteristic isn’t at present current in its manufacturing automobiles, and Ford additionally patented its personal model for the F-150 Lightning, and it might debut earlier than Rivian.
Based on the Lightning House owners Discussion board, the Blue Oval utilized for the patent in October of 2020, nevertheless it was simply printed on April 24, 2022. The applying describes
Strategies, equipment, methods and articles of manufacture are disclosed to carry out a tank flip. An instance automobile features a first wheel and a second wheel, the primary wheel situated on an finish of a primary axle, the second wheel situated on an finish of the second axle, the tip of the primary axle reverse to the tip of the second axle, a primary suspension coupled to the primary wheel, a second suspension coupled to the second wheel, and a controller to drive the primary axle in a primary route, drive the second axle within the second route and reduce a primary suspension load of the primary suspension and a second suspension load of the second suspension.
It’s price noting, although, that not like the Rivian R1T and R1S, the Ford F-150 Lightning doesn’t include a quad-motor setup, with one motor driving every particular person wheel. To date, Ford has solely introduced dual-motor variations, and to ensure that these to have the ability to carry out a tank flip, the producer might want to resort to reversing one aspect and never the opposite by way of gears, or simply making use of lock to all 4 wheels.
That is how Toyota needs to do it, a minimum of, as per its patent filed in 2019. The Japanese large’s system wouldn’t solely enable for on-the-spot rotation across the automobile’s heart, but in addition lateral motion and driving at an angle (much like the Crab Stroll characteristic of the GMC Hummer EV).
To date no producer has launched a collection mannequin that may carry out a tank flip, and Rivian is the one firm to have proven one in every of its automobiles really do it. It ought to nonetheless be the primary to debut this characteristic, however we’ll simply have to attend and see.