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Re: I think your information is incorrect........ (archive)

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Posted by Jim Cash on August 13, 1999 at 15:36:04:

In Reply to: I think your information is incorrect........ posted by Robb Marshall on August 11, 1999 at 22:25:06:

: Pardon my possible lack of technical knowledge, but what you are describing doesn't any make sense. I don't see how ASC can act as an LSD, distributing a specified percentage of torque to the opposing wheel when the opposite wheel is losing traction. Applying the brakes cannot possibly distribute torque across the wheels like an LSD can

: : Brad D

My personal opinion is that you are correct - the ASC+T (now DSC) does not "distribute" the traction forces.

It is BMW that says "the function of limited slip differential has been performed by the ASC+T (since the intro of the E38) therefore it is no longer necessary to install a limited slip differential".

To confuse matters more I heard that they are planning on an LSD on some models of the new M5 - which also has DSC.

The only way you can be 100% sure is to actually talk to the design engineer for traction - and I don't know who that is - but it might be worth sending a letter to Germany directed to that title.

Jim Cash

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