Modern traction control systems mean that old-school mechanical diff locks and four-wheel drive systems are only really necessary on serious off road vehicles.
Drivers looking for a little more grip on slippery surfaces and soft-road conditions, such as unsurfaced tracks, can choose to have a little extra electronic wizardry injected into their vehicles, instead.
The principle is simple: regular traction control systems work by cutting power and/or braking individual wheels when they sense that one or more wheels has lost traction — is skidding or spinning.
By extending this principle, traction control can be used to simulate the effect of a mechanical differential lock (a device that forces both wheels on an axle to rotate at the same speed). That’s the principle behind Grip Control, a system that’s available as an option on a number of Peugeot and Citroën vehicles.
Citroën announced today that a Grip Control option pack will now be available on its Nemo van.
The Citroën Nemo Grip Control pack will cost £630 +VAT and will include:
- Intelligent Traction Control
- Raised suspension
- 185/65 R15 tyres
- Under engine protection tray
- Front & rear mud flaps
- Door sill protection & deeper side rubbing strips
- Washable cab floor covering
The resulting van should be suitable for light off-road use — and if fitted with winter or all-season tyres, should be awesome in snow and ice conditions.