50 Exhilarating Facts about Cars You Should Know

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26Rolls Royce

Rolls Royce didn't start selling cars with bodywork until 1946. Up until then, they only sold the chassis and motor with a recommendation to use Barker & Co Ltd to build a customized body and coach. One of their designs is the world's most expensive car at $57,000,000.

27. The Dubai police fleet includes a Lamborghini, Ferrari, and Bentley. This is to allow them to catch speeders who can outrun other cars.

28. The only American cars that can be purchased for private use in Cuba are those that were previously registered and acquired before the revolution. This is the reason there are so many classic 1950's American cars in Cuba.

29. Cars have become so quiet, automakers have resorted to playing fake engine noises from the speakers.

30. Ferrari engines are musically engineered to sound perfect by utilizing 3rd and 6th harmonics on the air intake, like a flute or organ.

31Honda Prelude

The Honda Prelude was the first mass-produced car that featured a mechanical 4-wheel steering system. In its debut year, it beat every car in the slalom test, including Porsche and Ferrari.

32. In 2008, Lamborghini gave the Italian state police the world’s fastest police car, a Gallardo LP560-4, which was equipped with a video surveillance camera, gun racks, GPS, organ transplant cooler (in the luggage compartment) and defibrillator. It was crashed the following year.

33. Rolls Royce never disclosed the horsepower for their Silver Shadow and advertised it as "adequate."

34. The pinstripe on a Rolls Royce is handpainted, with no margin for error as the paint has special properties that instantly bond it to the underlying car paint.

35. The Honda City Turbo is a car that included a little motorized folding scooter designed to fit in the trunk.

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36Volvo YCC

In 2004, Volvo introduced a concept car (Volvo YCC) that was built for women without a hood and dent-resistant bumpers.

37. The world record for most miles driven by a car is held by a Volvo P-1800S at 2,850,000 miles or about 114 times around the planet.

38. Land Rover's first design had the steering wheel in the middle so it could be used in left or right side driving counties without modifications.

39. The aerodynamics of the McLaren P1 create more downforce than the weight of the car itself. The rear wing also retracts past 150mph to prevent the downforce from breaking the suspension.

40. Ford once created a vehicle made out of plant materials. "Ford's 1941 biological car that was made of soybean, wheat, hemp, flax and ramie fibers in a soy-based phenolic resin weighed 1,000 pounds less than a steel car".

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41Lexus SC430

The last car to have a cassette deck as a standard equipment was the Lexus SC430, in 2010.

42. Rolls Royce offers a course called "White Glove Experience" to teach chauffeur's how to, among other things, minimize fingerprints on door handles and brake the car without kickback.

43. The ignition on all Porsches is located on the left side of the wheel. This is because back when Porsche was primarily a racing team, the driver could save a fraction of a second by starting the car with his left hand, while simultaneously switching the car into gear with his right hand.

44. The Mercedes-Benz SLS has explosive bolts that separate the doors from the car for the easy exit during a serious accident.

45. One of the fastest speeds ever achieved on the German Autobahn was 432kph (268mph) in a Mercedes-Benz W125, in the year 1938.

46Bugatti Veyron

At top speed, the Bugatti Veyron will empty its 26-gallon tank in 12 minutes.

47. If a Mclaren F1 traveling at 100 mph went past a stationary Bugatti Veyron EB 16.4, and the 4-turbo, 1,000,000€ worth Veyron set off at full speed as the McLaren passed, the Veyron would top 200 mph first.

48. The Bugatti Chiron has a maximum speed of 463 km/h but is electronically limited to 420 km/h.

49. Ford had a concept nuclear-powered car (Ford Nucleon) in the 1950's. This became the inspiration for the Fallout franchise's cars.

50. Volvo has created a new type of airbag. A pedestrian airbag for impact with a pedestrian while driving.


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