Ferrari Seeks Even Sharper Steering

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

Ferrari is hoping its latest steering technology will offer even greater precision than it current cars.

The Italian automaker has patented a new system that is designed to improve steering accuracy and feedback, helping make its next generation of exotics even more accurate and sharper in the handling department. According to the patent, Ferrari is looking to create a system that eliminates a “transmission error” and variances in steering effort with a power assistance setup that uses software to send data to an electrical servomechanism.

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Sound a bit like science-fiction? Let us explain a bit in detail. In current steering setups, the effects of a steering box and universal joints in the steering column linkage often causes a transmission error between the driver’s input and the response on the front wheels. For example, when a driver turns the steering wheel the column and linkage takes up the initial slack before the input is even registered by the wheels. In addition, Ferrari’s patent mentions the steering geometry of current vehicles often result in differences in effort to whether the driver is turning left or right.

The Italian automaker will utilize software that calculates the angle and torque applied to the steering wheel. That data is sent to an electrical servomechanism that applies the proportional force to the steering system itself. While the connection itself will remain mechanical, the setup will help compensate for the transmission error and variances in force. As a result, the steering will be more precise and consistent even though the driver won’t notice a difference in steering effort.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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