I have a Lotus 7 replica and due to the lack of cockpit space, I would like to fit a quick release/removable steering wheel. This is a road car so I'd like to know the legalities around these units, if it's a case of 'not at all', or only certain brands/types etc.
Yes, you can have a quick release wheel in a vehicle such as a scratch-built Lotus 7 replica, to ease with access. Though it is one of the few remaining times you can have a quick release on a road car.
From the Hobby Car Technical Manual
7.5 Quick-release steering wheels
7.5.1 A steering wheel fitted to a low volume vehicle that is able to be removed and re-attached without the use of tools to assist entry and exit to and from the vehicle, must: (a) self-lock into position, with no separate devices or nonintegral parts of the system required to lock the wheel into its locked position; and (b) not be able to be removed without a deliberate and firm action applied in order to achieve the removal.
SO, does this mean a caged etc FD RX7 cant be certified with a quick release steering wheel? Will have fixed position seat so removable wheel would be nice given it will also be a circuit car, great security too
Hi. You can't weld any steering components so no is the short answer, but I believe Racer Products in Auckland have an LVVTA type approved unit that they sell. You will need a certificate/proof of purchase from them as well as your MSNZ authority card for the certification process.
Hi Wade, what creates the challenge entering and exiting the vehicle? If it is the design of the bucket seat does not allow for quick exit and entry then I suggest replacing the bucket seat is a better spend of your money.
A quick release can only be used where the design of the vehicle makes a quick release steering wheel necessary for easing entry and exit. That means as an integral part of the vehicle, example: a rollcage in a rally car with full side bar protection or a tight cockpit like in a Lotus 7 (or replica).