Car reviews - Ford - Laser - SR 5-dr hatch
24 Aug 2001
By BRUCE NEWTON
THE Laser uses a power-assisted rack and pinion steering system that provides variable assistance according to engine speed. While the previous generation Laser/323 utilised a clamp-style rack mount, the current uses a more rigid bush set-up which Ford claims offers more precise and responsive feedback to driver input. Improved responsiveness and reduced friction were also targeted with the use of a sheetmetal support yolk, as opposed to plastic. A quick-response steering gear ratio of 15.0:1 is used - the same as found on the SR2 and all other Lasers - and the turning circle is 10.4 metres.
Did you know?The steering shaft incorporates a declutching device that prevents the steering lock from breaking if significant torque is applied to the steering wheel, the steering lock will rotate freely but not break, allowing the vehicle to be steered in all circumstances
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