[torsen] Re: [s-cars] static torque bias

Graydon D. Stuckey graydon at apollo.kettering.edu
Fri Dec 8 08:20:04 EST 2000

On Thu, 7 Dec 2000, Theodore Chen wrote:

> they're the ones who made the differential, and in fact, their
> "University Special" sold to Formula SAE teams is very similar to
> the audi center differentials (main difference is that the audi unit
> is driven by a splined shaft rather than a ring gear).  torsen 1 was
> used until 1995, and then the torsen 2 became the OEM center differential.

Back in the 'old days' they supplied a 200Q centre diff which had no ring 
gear flange.  We had to make a ring gear flange.  IIRC, I think that the 
V8 5-sp was also listed as using the same center Torsen diff.

> it would be simpler to change the torque bias by changing the gearing
> in the rear differential.  i don't know what the rear differential looks
> like, but assuming it's a ring and pinion, you could change those to
> change the front to rear bias.

That's not the "right" thing to do though because then even when 
cruising, you would be wearing out the torsen.

> FYI, torsen sells the university special at $360 to FSAE teams, compared
> to the $1600 that the audi dealer would charge.

They used to _give_ it away for free.

> that is the basic problem - weight distribution.  the engine 
> sits in front of the front axle, which is a big hose from a
> handling standpoint.

Therein is the biggest problem with Audis and Porsche 911s.  It does make 
for great packaging for AWD though.

Graydon D. Stuckey
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