Replacing the strut top with an electromechanical device allows the wheel’s camber angle to be tweaked on the fly, up to -3.0 degrees, while a similar device also replaces the tie rod for adjustment of the toe angle.
Both devices are controlled by an electronic control unit (ECU), and will run on current 12-volt electrical systems.
The benefits of AWAS range from performance and handling, to improved fuel efficiency, tyre wear and reduced emissions, which in its current form “provides at least: 15 per cent increase in handling performance; 10 per cent reduction in rolling resistance; and 10 per cent reduction in peak tyre temperature”, according to Doftek.
However, the company is working on the next iteration of the technology that will allow wheel alignment changes to occur adaptively, rather than through the button-based, three-stage toggle system is has in place now.
This new-generation system will also improve handling performance by up to 29 per cent, according to the company.
At present, Doftek is trialling the first generation of AWAS on a 2012 Audi TT RS, while it is developing the new tech on a Mercedes-AMG GT.