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Car Accelerator Pedal

Discussion in 'Motors' started by bobby_valentino, 17 Oct 2009.

  1. bobby_valentino

    Gangster

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    I really like the long accelerator pedals: http://www.turnermotorsport.com/image/interior/misc_pedals_bmw_manual_smg_lg.jpg... found in most cars compared with the skinny ones: http://www.lmfvauxhall.co.uk/store/image.php?type=T&id=16789 ...

    When were the long style pedals first introduced into cars? Iv noticed most if not all mercedes have them and BMW's and some VW's. Does anyone know a brief history of these type pedals?

    Can the vauxhall corsa which has the pedals like on the second link posted above be changed to the new accelerator pedals (first link)

    Thanks.
     
    Last edited: 17 Oct 2009
  2. Morba

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    full links would be good ;]

    doubt they are interchangable though as the pedal link/arm comes from a different direction in the 2 types.
     
  3. m4cc45

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    I think I know what you mean.

    Technically there's no reason why it could not be done though changing it would mean some bespoke work.

    I personally prefer the ones in the BMW (long ones flat on the floor) but they all do the same job I guess.. :D



    M.
     
  4. bobby_valentino

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    Sorry...there u go.
     
  5. bobby_valentino

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    The long thin ones look so much better then the old style. Just makes the car pedals look a bit more slick and professinal. tehe
     
  6. Clarkey

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    who cares what they look like, they are under your feet :/
     
  7. manic_man

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    afaik, the "long slim" types you refer to are traditionally racing car pedals, they allow for easier heel-toe action, so no suprise that a company like BMW who like to tread that fine line between sporty and comfortable luxury, would introduce soemthing like it into their models.

    With regards to them being inter-changeable, I would have thought not as they will pivot from different places.
     
  8. Lopéz

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    The style you like are floor pivoted ones. Generally found in BMW and er, the original VW Beetle I think. Take a bit of getting used to but yes I quite like them too, my 1985 320 had a floor hinged throttle.
     
  9. Bug One

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    All the pedals on my Baja (beetle) are floor pivoted.

    I suppose that means its not an overly new design. :p
     
  10. miniyazz

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    My dad's old VW Transporter Mk3 (1985) had a floor-pivoted accelerator too.
     
  11. Thomas. PLease.

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    my 190e has a floor hinged style one as well
     
  12. BigglesPiP

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    I've never driven a car with a floor pivoted throttle, but I can't see myself liking them?
     
  13. Clarkey

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    Try one, pretty comfortable to use tbh. I can't heel and toe in the e46 though, probably more to do with the spacing though.
     
  14. BigglesPiP

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    This is one of my concerns, It's easy in the 146.
     
  15. [TW]Fox

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    Why is it a concern? It's really a big deal is it?
     
  16. richolmes72

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    I personally find 'organ' (floor pivoted) style pedals weird - I've driven 100s of cars and stilll find it odd.

    I'm changing the XJ for a 7 series soon so I'll see how I get on.
     
  17. DRZ

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    I find it strange to drive cars without floor-hinged acelerator pedals now, my last three cars have had them and I personally find them far more comfortable to use.
     
  18. Jez

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    Much prefer them, although pretty much every car i have owned has had a floor hinged pedal so i guess i am used to them.
     
  19. Moeks

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    I prefer floor hinged throttles too, unfortunately Jaguar does not share my preference.
     
  20. BigglesPiP

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    Well, technically no, but driving a 1.2 econobox isn't really a big deal either.

    The pedal wouldn't stop me buying a car, but it's a factor I'd consider, I'd probably tolerate it for RWD.