Torsen differential brings superior traction to the 2013 Scion FR-S [Video]
The 2013 Scion FR-S is a rear-wheel-drive sports car developed by Toyota to bring an affordable sports car to driving enthusiasts. But why did they choose to use rear-wheel-drive instead of a front-drive configuration like most new cars produced today? The rear-drive sports car uses a Torsen limited slip differential, but how does it work? Scion explains it all in the informative video below.
But first let’s look at why Toyota chose to use a rear-drive over the popular front-drive configuration. The answer can be summed up in a single word, performance. Performance is greatly increased in a RWD vehicle, because under heavy acceleration, all the weight shifts to the back of the vehicle to the wheels that are supplying power and produces better traction.