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Så kör man Tesla Roadster

Discussion in 'Video' started by TEG, Jul 5, 2009.

  1. TEG

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    #1 TEG, Jul 5, 2009
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  2. xcelero.ii

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    How does the Roadster feel in the hand with no power steering? Does this omission work because of the cars footprint?
     
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    The Lotus chassis which was the starting point of the Roadster is/was a minimalist design that didn't bother with power steering as another way to save weight and provide very direct steering feel. The Roadster gained a lot of weight in that it has to carry a heavy battery pack around. To some that means that the low speed parking lot steering is a bit on the heavy side and requires a bit of work to muscle it through slow parking lot turns. Once you get up to speed the steering feels very precise and pure. For most people I think the trade-off was worth the benefits.
     
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    What TEG said, abso-friggin-loutely. It would be a shame to have power steering in this car, and the only time it really takes some muscling is under 5mph.
     
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    And under hard cornering, when there is a fairly strong centering force communicated through the steering wheel.
     
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    @TEG: Ah. Thanks for the notes. And I can see how this makes more sense.
     

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