Fendt Ideal 10T with Idealdrive: Bye bye steering wheel

Fendt’s 10T combine tops the Bavarian range, rides on tracks and – along with 790hp – packs a novel option…

by Lucas Colsman

16 Jan 2021

The first four-wheeled motor vehicles took a logical approach to steering: they used a tiller. Since then we’ve preferred to steer with a wheel, and as vehicle weight and tyre contact patches bloomed, so power servo systems arrived. These did away with low gearing between the wheel and tyres, reducing arm-twirling and speeded steering response. Subsequently there have been variations on the servo theme, but the steering wheel has stayed resolutely planted in front of the driver.