Facts – Motoring

There are lots of facts which most of us don’t know. This page is completely about motoring facts, they can be unbelievable. And we don’t know whether these are just fake or real? It can be said like “Some Say…….”.

(NOTE: Some may not understand the facts because it is only related with motoring)
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  • There is currently no way to monetize the cost to the economy of the air pollution  and associated health problems caused by motoring.
  • Rolls-Royce refused to sell its Phantom IV to anyone other than a member of the Royal Family.
  • The 1911 Stutz Racer which contested the Inaugural  Indy 500 took just five weeks to design and build.
  • The 1922 Trojan had an all-weather ‘indoor’ starting handle.
  • Of the 24.3 million cars in britain, more than 2 million lack a valid tax disk.
  • The Ford DFV Grand Prix engine won it’s very first race and went on to score a record 155 victories between 1967 and 1983.
  • Luxembourg has the most crowded roads in Europe with 570 cars per 1,000 inhabitants. Britain has just 427.
  • The Green Monster, Art Afrons 576 MPH, jet powered 1965 record breaker, cost £6,000! That’s less than a Ford Fiesta!
  • By 1905 London had 19 motorised Taxicabs and 10,361 of the horse-drawn variety.
  • The car with the highest MPG is the Team 1200 with 9,427 MPG. It could drive around the equator (24,902 miles) on only 2,5 gallons of petrol!
  • The Trojan Bubble Car Company also built McLaren racing cars.
  • The first car to swim the british channel, a 1962 Amphicar, used a triumph herald engine.
  • Predating the People-Carrier by half a century, James Young built a Bentley with sliding doors as early as 1935.
  • Chrysler launched its 1934 Airflow Sedan after deciding that most cars were more aerodynamically efficient when traveling backwards.
  • Peter Stevens whose credits include the McLaren F1, the Lotus Elan and the Jaguar XJR-15 also designed the sunroof handle for the original Ford Granada.
  • Rudolf Diesel’s first engine ran on coal dust.
  • Mini creator Sir Alec Issigonis failed maths three times.
  • The BMW Z3 is the first German car to be built solely outside Germany.
  • When Peugeot bought Chrysler’s entire European operation in 1978 they paid the Americans only $1.
  • A Japanese man has legalized a Reynard F3000 car so it can be driven on the road, this car generates enough downforce at 150 MPH to be driven upside-down.
  • The first Daimler to be fitted with brake disks was the four-wheeled-drive Scout cars which were made for the war.
  • A scaled down version of the tricked-out Aston Martin DB5, James Bond drove in the Goldfinger film was one of the toy-makers Corgi’s best-ever sellers. The 007 model was sold in 137 different countries, and mote than 6 million were bought worldwide.
  • An airbag moves up to 4500 MPH within a second when triggered. A force of 200g is generated. There are designed to explode at an impact speed of 19 MPH. The bag inflates within 40 milliseconds of a crash.
  • Enzo Ferrari used to drive for Alfa Romeo.
  • The Ferrari Formula 1 team is unique in that it produces both chassis and engines for its cars.
  • Ferrari makes a maximum of 14 cars everyday.
  • The Fiat Strada was hand-built by robots.
  • The Porsche 911 was originally badged as a 901 until a disagreement with Peugeot who were using the ‘0’ in their model numbering.
  • The Ford Puma is the first Ford to be entirely designed  on computer.
  • When the Preston Bypass Britain’s first motorway, opened in 1958 the penalty for reversing up the carriageway was a £20 fine.
  • Ferrari or Alfa Romeo didn’t make the first sports car, Vauxhall did in 1911.
  • It costs £20,000 for an F1 car to complete 1 lap. Designing and building F1 car’s chassis costs from £500,000 to £1 million, a set of four tyres is £1,200 to £1,500, and a 300 mile engine strip down costs £30,000.
  • The London Motorshow  began in November 1895, organized by RAC founder member Sir Evelyn Ellis, there was merely 5 cars in a field, and only 500 people turned up.
  • Until 1923 in Italy, motorists could drive on the right-hand side of the road in rural areas, but had to drive on the left in towns and cities.
  • The world’s longest traffic hold-up was 110 miles long, between Paris and Lyon on the French Autoroute in 1980. A more recent  contender for the title was a 100 mile long traffic jam, near Hamburg in Germany in 1993
  • In the twenties, fabric materials were used to cover car bodywork – partly because it saved in weight. Most fabrics were green or blue, but towards the end of the decade, car makers started using tartan fabrics to brighten up their cars. Surprisingly enough, the trend soon died!
  • The first known automobile was built in 1668, it was a two foot long steam powered model constructed by Ferdinand Verbiest, a Belgian  Jesuit priest.
  • The longest custom-built car is the 16 wheeled, 60 ft (18.3 meters) Cadillac Limousine. It features a swimming pool, hot tub, helipad, satellite dish, crystal chandelier and has ‘ample luggage space’.
  • The most powerful piston engine car is ‘Quad Al’, designed and built in 1964 by Jim Lytle. It features four Alison V12 aircraft engines with an engine size of 112.1 Litres and can put out 12,000 BHP, it has 4 wheel drive, 8 wheels, 95 exhaust pipes and weighs 2958 kg.
  • The fastest time for removing a car engine and replacing it is 42 seconds for a Ford Escort, on 21 November 1985.
  • The first patrol cars owned by the British Metropolitan Police were so slow, that they couldn’t even break the 20 MPH speed limit

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