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Hey everybody,

I have wondered how difficult it would be to convert a car to right hand drive. It seems that a Lotus may be one of the easier (if there is such a thing) cars to convert, since the interior seems quite symmetrical as compared to other cars.

Just wondering if anyone has done it or has had it done. Is it possible, and if so, would it be insanely expensive and also difficult to make DOT legal?

Just curious to get everyone's thoughts...
 

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Just wondering if anyone has done it or has had it done. Is it possible, and if so, would it be insanely expensive and also difficult to make DOT legal?
I don't *think* there's any NHTSA rules regarding driver seating for the US. Ever shift with your left hand? Think visibility stinks now?
:panic:

Dash bits, seat rails, rack, will the wiring reach, etc.?
:shrug:

Why? Planning to deliver mail?
I have a hard enough time reaching the mail drop from mine!
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Probably more effort and expense than just selling yours, and importing a right hand drive one from England.
 

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I don't *think* there's any NHTSA rules regarding driver seating for the US. Ever shift with your left hand?
There is definitely no law against owning a RHD car in the US. My old Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud was RHD and I had no problem with registering it or driving it here. It always was always fun to drive around with a front seat passenger--people in other cars would pull up alongside to ask the "driver" a question and then freak out when they saw the passenger in the left seat "driving" the car with no steering wheel!
 

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Ever shift with your left hand?
I lived in Japan for 5 1/2 years and driving on the other side of the road is significantly better. Shifting with your left hand allows you to keep your right hand on the wheel. Being right handed it's always felt more natural that way.
 

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I lived in Japan for 5 1/2 years and driving on the other side of the road is significantly better. Shifting with your left hand allows you to keep your right hand on the wheel. Being right handed it's always felt more natural that way.
It's the opposite for me - but then I used to switch hands while taking notes in college, so take it for what it's worth.
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I'm actually a lefty, but being used to LHD cars, a RHD would definitely be different. I just thought it would be cool, especially Lotus being from the land of right hand drive. Anybody ever seen a RHD Lotus for sale in the U.S.?
 

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I saw an RHD Elise (an older one, with the round headlamps) at Sears Point at a NASA HPDE event about three weeks ago. Had California plates on it.

I'm ambivalent on driving on the right v. left (in a typical year, I probably drive about 50/50 mileage wise between the two). I've never "cross driven" (i.e., an RHD car in the US or a LHD car in England) though...but I've always admired those from the Continent driven the narrow backroads of Ireland!

Steve
 

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Center drive is the best!
 

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I don't *think* there's any NHTSA rules regarding driver seating for the US. Ever shift with your left hand? Think visibility stinks now?
:panic:

Dash bits, seat rails, rack, will the wiring reach, etc.?
:shrug:



I have a hard enough time reaching the mail drop from mine!
:D
Even better, paying at a toll booth with the hard top on.
 

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the one and only problem for converting federal cars is to relocate the ABS unit .

Otherwise it is a extremelly simply procedure .

I made my conversion on 2006 from UK RHD elise 111s to EU LHD 111s ...
 

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necessary bits for conversion

hi,
if you ever need the wirings and dash for the RHD conversion, I have the whole wiring harness from rear to front as well as the complete RHD dash. I'm still trying to take out the 'new' forged pedal box (electronic throttle).

[email protected]
 
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