Eli5: Why do oval racers use an offset steering wheel on the straights (steering wheel center line is off center)?


Have noticed in Indycar and NASCAR onboard cameras. What advantage does this provide?

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Because of the constant turning in a single direction, the car is actually a bit imbalanced in favour of the direction they are turning. There’s more weight on one side than on the other. The side-effect is that driving straight requires a little bit of input in the opposite direction to counter the effect.

Everything in the car is set up to be able to take a left turn really really fast.

If you saw a photo of the car from directly in front or behind it would look broken, the wheels are at such odd angles.

They have to turn the steering wheel to the right to get it to go straight