Since the Fusion V6 Sport is the first Ford model to come with continuously controlled damping as standard equipment, engineers decided to leverage the technology to compensate for potholes which litter Michigan roads. The system works by analyzing signals from twelve different sensors and adjusting the dampers every two milliseconds.
When the edge of a pothole is detected, the car's onboard computer recognizes the pothole and adjusts the dampers to their stiffest settings so the wheel doesn’t fall as far into the hole. This significantly reduces the impact of hitting a pothole and hopefully prevents damage to the car, tire, and wheel. This information is then feed to the rear suspension so it can also prepare for the pothole.
While potholes are primarily a problem in areas that have an extended freeze and thaw cycle, they cost U.S. drivers approximately $3 billion a year according to AAA. To break that number down even further, drivers typically end up paying $300 to repair pothole-related damage.
The 2017 Ford Fusion V6 Sport will go on sale this summer and the model will be powered by a biturbo 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine that produces approximately 325 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. The engine is connected to a six-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel-drive system.