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Question asked by Dr R.T.Jadhav in #Mechanical on Jan 30, 2009
Dr R.T.Jadhav
Dr R.T.Jadhav · Jan 30, 2009
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Is it possible to have an Automobile driven with the Steering in the centre instead of Left/Right. This would give the Driver a better view and control on both sides of the vehicle. It would also solve problems of Left HAnd Drive vehicles in countries where the Traffic moves on the left side of the road and Right Hand Drive Vehicles in countries where the Traffic moves on right side of the road. A global uniform Drive then can be adopted. Posted in: #Mechanical
gohm
gohm · Feb 1, 2009
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Yes, it is possible. Some concept designs have included this as well as some racing layouts.
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · Feb 1, 2009
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gohm
Yes, it is possible. Some concept designs have included this as well as some racing layouts.
Gohm, Formula 1 cars have the center driver, right?. I believe the center drive would mean lot of changes in the engine itself.
raj87verma88
raj87verma88 · Feb 1, 2009
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Yes it is. McLaren F1 has center steering and though it is under the category of a sports car, it is street legal.
@Biggie: Why should there be any changes in the engine?
Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare · Feb 1, 2009
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raj87verma88
Yes it is. McLaren F1 has center steering and though it is under the category of a sports car, it is street legal.
@Biggie: Why should there be any changes in the engine?
Well, that's what I think. My knowledge of engines is limited 😉 .

Well, I think you are right. There won't be any changes needed in the engine. We'll just have to alter the steering wheel assembly; which I think isn't a tough job.
Differential
Differential · Feb 2, 2009
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Looks ok to me, but this would eliminate the space of another front seat as there won't be sufficient space for it.
raj87verma88
raj87verma88 · Feb 2, 2009
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McLaren F1 has 3 front seats. Not two, as is the case in most cars.
gohm
gohm · Feb 2, 2009
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There are a couple roadster designs with the two seats in a row, like in a fighter plane. Others have one or two rows behind the central driver's seat. The tandem design would be a unique driving experience especially on the track and would greating improve aerodynamics.

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