The following section is intended to provide assistance to builders with regard to construction of steering components on their cars.  Builders are not limited to these designs, they are only offered as examples.

Steering:

Recommendations:  use 1/8″ (minimum) diameter cable and closed style eye bolts

The simplest steering system consists of a cable that is wrapped around a steering column.

The cable passes through closed pulleys and is attached near the ends of the front axle.

The steering column may be vertical, horizontal, or for that matter at any angle.  The cable is securely attached to the steering column to prevent slippage and is tightened with turnbuckles.

Make sure the cable passes through and is wrapped around the steering column in the proper direction to prevent backward steering. (See diagrams below for some examples.)

The steering wheel should be large enough to allow a secure grip, and have no sharp points or edges in any position. The sensitivity of the steering should be neither “too quick”, nor “too slow”. There should be minimal “play”. The turning radius of the car can be relatively large since the racecourse does not have any curves. Should the car get off course, however, it is important that corrections can be made. A minimum turning radius of 30 feet (10m) is adequate. Stop locks to limit steering should be used and must be secured extremely well. The stop blocks prevent the axle from turning the steering wheel excessively, if one wheel hits an object.

Car-diagram

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