LeftieBiker wrote: ↑
Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:32 pm
I'll bet it uses the same steering rack as the Model 3.
That's the implication. It's apparently the same turns lock to lock. The reviews I've read indicate it's okay for the lower and more agile 3, but not the Y. I'll try to find the other review that mentioned it. It wasn't on one of the usual sites, and I don't recall where it was.
Edit: I take it back, it was ABG:
https://www-autoblog-com.cdn.ampproject ... t-drive%2F
One performance caveat. I love quick steering racks, but the Tesla’s is just too quick for a family-friendly SUV, at two full revolutions from lock-to-lock. Especially at rocketing speeds, the Model Y will overshoot your steering target if you’re not careful, requiring extra concentration to place accurately in its lane. Knowing Tesla, that issue could be fixed with the flip of an over-the-air software switch — another area where legacy automakers are still playing catch-up.
I don't see how an over the air update could change the steering ratio. They might be able to adjust the assist. He also writes:
The steering transmits precious little road feel, but you quickly learn to trust the Model Y, which can corner at speeds that will confound the typical SUV family.
He may be willing to trust it, but I hate cars with steering like that - I almost rolled my dad's '87 Legend once while cruising down the freeway (I was drifting into microsleep, jerked awake, made a quick tug to get it back centered in the lane and felt it start to go up on two wheels. After recovering it I got off at the next exit to nap). The cause of the near roll was its quick steering, over assistance and lack of feel and feedback. Never would have happened in a car with better steering qualities, not that that excuses me from continuing to drive while that tired. It was a salutary lesson, and I've never done so since.
Those elements of driving dynamics rank very high with me when choosing a car. I want be able to feel what's happening at the wheels, especially when driving on snow and ice. I normally drive fingertips-only in those conditions, just so I can feel as early as possible when the tires are losing adhesion. But you've got to have steering with good feel and feedback to do that.