Most of us have them, we all cannot do without them, and yet they threaten to exhaust the very air we breathe! I am talking about cars and agree that they are necessary evils. Let’s take a look at some of the crazy facts about cars.
Up until 1973, the oil used in the transmissions of cars was made from whale oil. Way to kick the extinction of the world’s wildlife into top gear!
We can all agree that driving can be a little stressful. Well … statistics indicate that it is quite a bit more stressful than that. On average, a diver will curse about 32,000 times in his or her lifetime while driving.
By 1904, the speed limit was still below 15 mph and anybody who drove faster than this was given a speeding ticket. This is insane because the average person can sprint at almost 20 mph. Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man in 2012, has a recorded speed of 27 mph.
Do you think that land vehicles will ever get close to the sound barrier? Consider that the world’s fastest production car in May 2013, the Bugatti Veyron Super Sports, reached a top speed of 267.8 mph (430.9 kph). The land speed record was broken in 1997 by the Thrust SSC which reached speeds of 763 mph (1228 kph). This was the first land vehicle to break the speed barrier and more is definitely to come.
The Toyota Corolla is the world’s most produces vehicle since more than 32 million have been made since 1966.
Hundreds of companies are in a rush to create an economical and sustainable substitute for fossil fuels especially crude oil which produces fuel for our cars. The sheer stupidity that some people have shown when it comes to making alternative fuels is mind boggling. Among the materials that are being tested as potential fuels for cars and airplanes are: wood chips, nuts, sawdust, chocolate, used diapers, cow dung, turkey guts, and coffee grounds.
Have you ever seen the extremely large-wheeled dump trucks used in mining? A single wheel on such a truck can have a diameter of more than 12 feet. The only thing that can top this incredible figure is the price tag. Those wheels range from $6,000 to a whopping six figures!
A report by the National Insurance Crime Bureau stated that about 21% of people who own cars do not lock the doors. Out of all these unlocked cars, one out of every 170 is stolen every year.
The world’s first electric car was built in 1891 by a scientist known as William Morrison. The electric car enjoyed a period of unprecedented growth but this growth was stopped dead in its tracks by the invention of the gas powered car by Henry Ford in 1908.
Have you ever wondered why the shiny new paint job and the new car smell are among the most precious things about a new car? The reason might be how long the manufacturer spends painting the car. An average car takes 25 hours to build; however, 10 of those hours are spent painting the car. No wonder naked carbon fiber is becoming so popular!