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What is advantage of limited slip over ASC? (archive)

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Posted by Mofongo on April 16, 1999 at 15:07:26:

In Reply to: limited slip posted by alex on April 15, 1999 at 19:44:23:

: i hope this isn't a stupid one...

: does anyone know about the e46's (all versions, but looking more for the coupes) having a limited slip? i know they've got the traction control, but those of you who've have the privilege of drivin' a z3 in the winter know that asc doesn't quite cut it.

: thanks
: alex

What would be the advantage of a limited slip? The ASC already functions as one. The viscous coupling in the limited slip differential just prevents there from being too much of a difference in the rotation speeds of the wheels. ASC would detect this same difference and brake the faster wheel, thereby directing power to the other wheel. Same end result. The one disadvantage of traction control would be that the rear brake pads get worn out faster.


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