GKN VL3 CV jointGKN Driveline says it has developed a new family of lightweight constant velocity joint (CV joint) systems that it claims enable rear-wheel drive platforms to save more than 4kg of weight.

The new VL3 CV joint is claimed to increase torque capacity by up to 27% with no increase in packaging size. Available in four sizes, the company says the VL3-33ISM variant has a torque capacity of 3300Nm in a package previously capable of delivering only 2600Nm. The VL3 CV joint system is said to also maintain performance while reducing package size by approximately 7%.