Car reviews - Ford - Laser - SR2 5-dr hatch
20 Jul 2001
By BRUCE NEWTON
LIKE all Lasers, the SR2 uses a power-assisted rack and pinion steering system that provides variable assistance according to engine speed. While the previous generation Laser 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 and the turning circle is 10.4 metres. Three turns are required from lock to lock.
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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