Twice the steering power: ZF launches next generation AKC active rear axle steering system in volume production
The AKC active rear axle steering system is a ZF success story. Available with either a central controller having a single, larger and centrally placed actuator or dual actuators (a system especially suitable for sports car design). The AKC system transforms car rear axles into additional steering systems helping to enhance vehicle safety, comfort and driving dynamics. The first generation (dual actuator) system, went into series production in 2013. To date, AKC has been installed in more than 500,000 vehicles across numerous international car manufacturers.
The central actuators have an increased actuating force of 11 kN (previously 8 kN), which makes them suitable for vehicles weighing up to 3.5 t. Thanks to their lithium-ion batteries, these vehicles are not only heavier, they often have a longer wheelbase and energy storage units usually placed between the axles. Without rear axle steering, these vehicles would be more difficult to maneuver, especially in urban environments.
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Dr. Peter Holdmann, Head of ZF's Car Chassis Technology Division, comments on the start of production of the second AKC generation: The demand for active rear axle steering systems by ZF continues to pick up speed. For this purpose, we recently opened a fourth assembly line at the location in Lebring, Austria. We can now produce over one million units per year there.
The second generation AKC will celebrate its premiere this December on a luxury class model from a renowned international manufacturer.
Oct 15, 2020 at 11:18