Ford Motor Company has filed a patent for a drift mode with automatic transmission vehicles, Ford Authority has learned.
The patent was filed on September 12th, 2019, published on June 7th, 2022, and assigned serial number 11352015.
The Ford Authority Take
Ford has filed a host of performance and drivetrain-focused patents in recent months, including one for a vehicle with a drift mode feature, another depicting a triple clutch all-wheel drive system, and one for a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with discrete gear ratios for hybrid vehicles. Now, this new Ford patent depicting a drift mode for automatic transmission vehicles gives us yet another interesting filing to pore over.
This particular patent works much the way one might think, showing off a system that’s capable of purposely generating wheel slip on demand by manipulating the clutch in a vehicle’s transmission. However, the patent also mentions its potential use in hybrid vehicles, with a clutch located in between the gas and electric motors and the transmission, giving electrified vehicles the ability to drift easily without any gear shifting taking place.
This Ford patent could also be yet another indication that the next-generation, S650 Ford Mustang could be available with a hybrid powertrain, too. Rumors of an electrified version or two of the forthcoming Mustang have swirled for years now, though as Ford Authority exclusively reported in April, the new pony car will launch in 2023 for the 2024 model year with carryover engines, so a hybrid version(s) would come at some point after that. If that indeed is the case, a drift mode for those models seems like the perfect way to make an electrified pony car even more fun to drive than it already presumably would be.