Why the Ford GT uses hydraulic-assist power steering

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Every new vehicle these days seems to have electric-assist power steering.

This type of system saves weight, space, and a bit of fuel. It's not, however, always the most enjoyable setup from an enthusiast standpoint. EPS systems often lack steering feel. We're happy to report, then, that the new Ford Motor Company [NYSE:F] GT is kicking it old school and running with hydraulic-assist power steering.

The reason for Ford's decision doesn't just boil down to a desire for road feel. Instead, the reason is more practical. You see, the car features a number of other components that also utilize hydraulic actuation. According to Fox News, Ford felt that running all the components on the same hydraulic system would simplify things and save weight.

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That means the steering joins the active rear wing and active suspension on the same hydraulic system. The rear wing can adjust to reduce drag, increase downforce, or go into a full-on air brake mode when the need arises. That active suspension changes the ride height depending on the drive mode selected.

Ford could've kept going and made the GT akin to the Mercedes Pullman of supercars, hooking up the engine cover, trunk, and doors to the hydraulic system. Of course, that would have added unneeded weight, but it would have been unique.

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