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Is there some reason why it seems most rally cars are left hand drive?

Even the youtube videos from the UK seem to have a lot of LHD.

The reason I ask is,I just bought a RHD Mitsubishi and I can't shift for crap with my left hand.Just wondering if I should start saving to change it over.I'm planning to build it for Targa NL.
 

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Is there some reason why it seems most rally cars are left hand drive?
To keep the co-drivers out of the driver's lap. :p

Back in the days of yore, co-drivers would have to get out at finish controls to go get their timing slip, much like they still have to do today on TSD rallies. John Buffum had a right hand drive Escort and on one POR recruited a co-driver who was unused to the car. John kept having to yell at the co-driver to get back in the correct (left) side after the co-driver would run back to the finish control and then return to the car and try to get in the wrong (right) side and in John's lap. Made for good bar stories.
 

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How much have you driven it?
A week and a bit now,and I've logged as many km's as possible in all traffic situations to try and get use to it....1100KM's and counting.

I'm OK at it,but not as good as LHD.I'm sure I would be much much slower if timed on a stage.I can't switch left or right when playing sports either.

I'm going to stick with it for now.
 

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Go to a lapping day at your local track and get some time in at speed!! That is what I did and it helps a ton!!!
 

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Is there some reason why it seems most rally cars are left hand drive?
Even the youtube videos from the UK seem to have a lot of LHD.
I'd guess availability. Many more LHD than RHD cars have been built in Europe. A rust problem as bad as the Rust Belt has eliminated many of the RHD shells. So surviving shells are much more likely to be LHD.
Possibly the past success of Scandinavian drivers created imitators in RHD countries. There have been a number of British drivers who seemed to prefer LHD to RHD even in home country rallies.
 

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I remember many, many, years ago, being told that an advantage of RHD was that most drivers (people) were right handed and in a RHD car their right hand/arm was always gripping the steering wheel, leaving the lesser left hand/arm to shift, thereby providing optimum car control at all times. In a LHD drive car, you remove your primary hand from the steering wheel to shift.

Old wife's tale? Probably. But there does seem to be some logic in this . . .

This may go back to the days when Datsun Canada brought in a late seventies, (78 rings a bell) RHD Silvia (S10?) factory prepared/homolgated rally car from Japan that Bo Skowronnek ran in a number of CDN rally championship events. I drove that car once in a Datsun PR road rally charity event. My one and only time driving a RHD car. I had a local journalist with me as navigator. I bet Japan head office would have cringed if they knew. (LoL)
 

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Most of the cars in the UK compete in Continental Europe and the market is basically one in terms of sales... lots of RHD cars available form the UK but it really shouldn't be a big deal to switch from LHD to RHD
 

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Focus seating is ideal, however customarily, sports vehicles (Models) require 2 seats so that isn't a choice. (Nonetheless, in SCCA, single-seat sports vehicles are allowed and that is the way all the new plans go.) Generally, street courses run clockwise, consequently, RHD gives a more positive weight inclination and survey with the driver nearer to the summit.
Since the vast majority of the world is LHD, a few games vehicles have been made that way - and numerous courses run CCW. Shifters are some of the time on the right, even in JDM Sport Classics, as the drivers are more OK with that game plan. Obviously, any longer, we have oar or catch move in the wheel so that is a nonissue.
 
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