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ohioboxster 09-19-2006 05:47 PM

A little trivia?
 
I just found out today why the key is on the left side. Do you know without searching? I didnt but always wondered.

ukchris 09-19-2006 05:53 PM

So you can start the car while putting it in gear... Le Mans style?

bmussatti 09-19-2006 05:57 PM

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Originally Posted by ukchris
So you can start the car while putting it in gear... Le Mans style?


You are correct! :)

ohioboxster 09-19-2006 06:01 PM

That was fast

MNBoxster 09-19-2006 06:11 PM

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Originally Posted by ohioboxster
I just found out today why the key is on the left side. Do you know without searching? I didnt but always wondered.

Hi,

It is referred to as a LeMans Ignition , and was intended to facilitate starting the car and engaging 1st gear at the same time in what has come to be known as a LeMans Start.

But, it was first used in a Porsche-designed Auto Union entry in the 1937 Vanderbilt Cup Race at Roosevelt Raceway, which incidentally won the race.

It reappeared on Porsche's 1st LeMans entry in 1951 (they didn't win LeMans outright until 1970)...

Happy Motoring!... Jim'99

ukchris 09-19-2006 06:20 PM

What's funny is I was told that while camping at Le Mans, I guess around 95-96 or so! Didn't have a Porsche, drove all the way in a Caterham! Awesome trip, most of the cirsuit is public road that you can race (err drive) the day before.


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