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Is "Servotronic" steering possible?

Discussion in 'Model S: Driving Dynamics' started by Clint Eastwood, May 23, 2013.

  1. Clint Eastwood

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    i just put down my deposit for my MS85. Im trading in my porsche panamera. One feature the Panamera has on it that I would like to see on the MS is this servotronic option. As I understand it, it changes the steering stiffness at different speed. So at low speed, its at comfort, and highway speeds its at sport. The sport mode while at highway speeds makes the car feel more stable. At low speeds in parking lots and tight turns, the steering is free and easy. Since on the MS you can easily toggle between 3 steering settings, it would stand to reason that a very simple software update could add this feature to the MS. Anyone have thoughts on this? Can we send this simple suggestion to tesla, or is it already possible or in the works?

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  2. NEWDL

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    I am sure in theory it would be possible to program the car to switch, the only aspect that I think you may be missing is the variable ratio steering. The variable ratio I assume would not be programmable. Variable ratio means on the highway it takes more movement to do the same work as in a parking lot going slowly.

    I personally hate variable ratio steering. Maybe I'm old school in that fashion... I want my set teeing ratio the same at all speeds...

    If tesla adds this I would highly recommend it be a factory option or toggle on/off if possible.
     
  3. cbsmith402

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    You guys might want to take a closer look at the specs page, under Suspension, Steering, and Brakes:
     
  4. huntjo

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    Sport mode is still quite easy to turn the wheel even at low speeds.
     
  5. strider

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    But that's the point. The wheel should be easier to turn at parking lot speeds.
     
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    All I know is that wheel alignments will be the norm if you live in an area with bad roads. The steering is very sensitive and the alignment can easily be thrown off center.
     
  7. huntjo

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    I'm echoing cbsmith's post. We already have speed sensitive steering in the car. And at parking lot speeds even in "sport mode" it is still very easy to turn the wheel because of that. There is no disagreement here.
     

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