We all know that after rough winters the streets and highways will reveal their rottenness – and new potholes will spring to life everywhere. But the season issues have nothing on buyers of the new Ford Fusion V6 Sport, which has been covered by the Blue Oval.
That’s because the company has recently announced the introduction of the new pothole mitigation technology. This is possible thanks to the Fusion V6 Sport being the first Ford model sporting continuously controlled damping technology as standard equipment, the engineers have decided to up the stakes and mitigate the usual potholes that drivers face after each winter. The system will be adjusting the dampers every two milliseconds thanks to signals analyzed from twelve different sensors. If the edge of a pothole is detected, the car’s onboard computer recognizes the situation will adjust the dampers to maximum stiffness in order to protect the wheel and don’t allow it to sink too far into the hole. This should significantly lessen the impact of a pothole and thus protect the damage to the car, tire or wheel. The same happens afterwards with the rear suspension in order to mirror the circumstance.
According to AAA, the US motorist association, potholes are mainly an issue in areas where there’s an extended freeze and thaw cycle, with US drivers paying around $3 billion a year – which is about $300 a year for the typical driver in pothole-related damage. The 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport will reach dealerships this summer and it will sport under the hood a biturbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine with around 325 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque.