When dealing with electric vehicles, different powertrain layouts can be exploited. Among them, the most interesting one in terms of vehicle lateral dynamics is represented by the one with independent electric motors: two or four electric motors. This allows torque-vectoring control strategies to be applied for increasing vehicle lateral performance and stability. In this paper, a novel control strategy based on torque-vectoring is used to design a drifting control that helps the driver in controlling the vehicle in such a condition. Drift is a particular cornering condition in which high values of sideslip angle are obtained and maintained during the turn. The controller is applied to a rear-wheel drive race car prototype with two independent electric motors on the rear axle. The controller relies only on lateral acceleration, yaw rate, and vehicle speed measurement. This makes it independent from state estimators, which can affect its performance and robustness.

A torque vectoring control for enhancing vehicle performance in drifting

Vignati, Michele;Sabbioni, Edoardo;Cheli, Federico
2018-01-01

Abstract

When dealing with electric vehicles, different powertrain layouts can be exploited. Among them, the most interesting one in terms of vehicle lateral dynamics is represented by the one with independent electric motors: two or four electric motors. This allows torque-vectoring control strategies to be applied for increasing vehicle lateral performance and stability. In this paper, a novel control strategy based on torque-vectoring is used to design a drifting control that helps the driver in controlling the vehicle in such a condition. Drift is a particular cornering condition in which high values of sideslip angle are obtained and maintained during the turn. The controller is applied to a rear-wheel drive race car prototype with two independent electric motors on the rear axle. The controller relies only on lateral acceleration, yaw rate, and vehicle speed measurement. This makes it independent from state estimators, which can affect its performance and robustness.
Drift; Electric vehicles; Power-slide; Torque-vectoring; Vehicle dynamics; Control and Systems Engineering; Signal Processing; Hardware and Architecture; Computer Networks and Communications; Electrical and Electronic Engineering
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