Today, a car is something that we take for granted. At many places, animal-drawn carriages are a rare site. But at the beginning of the 20th century, the reverse was true. You would see horse-drawn carriages everywhere and a car was a rare sight and often the wealthiest people used to own one of this “monstrous contraptions”. Cars were seen as a “greener” replacement for the horses because unlike the horses, cars didn’t poop on the roads they used to travel on. I believe you must be unaware of this fact. If the answer is yes then hop on as we talk about 5 cool car facts that everyone must know and some of these are definitely going to blow your mind.
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Now, that we have given you a useful piece of information let us jump into the world of some crazy facts.
#1 World’s First Speeding Ticket
Getting a ticket for speeding is something that we should definitely avoid. Driving within the speed limit is something normal for us. This is because of a gentleman named Harry Myers. Who is he, you ask?
Well, during most of the 20th century, Detroit in Michigan, US was considered to be the hub of American Automobile industry. But during the late 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, the American Automobile Industry was based in Ohio.
This made it a perfect spot for some of the “firsts” in automobile history. A part of these first is the issuing of the world’s first speeding ticket. In the year 1904, a policeman in Daytona, Ohio ticketed a Mr. Harry Myers for speeding when he was traveling at an outrageous and insanely fast speed of 12 miles per hour. The posted speed limits were around 5 miles per hour, in case you were wondering.
This was the first record of an actual physical speeding ticket. The first case where a person who was caught for speeding goes back to 1899 when a German driver was caught by a cop riding a bicycle.
#2 Crazy Fact about Formula 1 car
You might have seen a wing-like structure on the back of many cars. It is called a spoiler if you didn’t know its name. In many cars, it’s just a fancy feature which makes the car look cooler. But when it comes to Formula 1 and other racing cars, this spoiler does a practical job. This wing-like structure acts just a wing does but there is one huge difference. It prevents the car from flying by creating downforce. A formula 1 car is designed in such a way that it produces a lot of downforce as the speed at which they accelerate could launch the vehicle into the air.
If you thought, this was the fact then get ready to be surprised. The downforce produced by these cars is around 3.5G ie, 3.5 times the force of gravity acting on the vehicle. This means if the car is traveling around 120 miles an hour and the driver manages to climb the walls of a tunnel at this speed, the car would stick to the roof due to the massive downforce produced. Yes, the Formula 1 car could travel upside down in a tunnel due to its speed and the accompanying downforce.
#3 75% of the Rolls Royce ever produced are still on the road
When we think about the most luxurious and expensive cars in the world, one of the first names that come to our mind is Rolls Royce. But did you know that before the company was famous for making cars it was making airplane engines? The same is true about its parent company BMW. The logo of BMW is actually a plane propeller spinning at high speed.
The above fact might sound fascinating but what there is something which could be considered unbelievable. Almost 75% of the Rolls Royce vehicles ever produced are still running on the roads. This proves that cars are not only about luxury and style but are also an example of the excellent craftsmanship and design which makes these vehicles so durable.
#4 Electric cars past or the future
When we think about the cars in the near future, we think about them running on fuel sources such as electricity or the hydrogen fuel cells. What if I told you that electric cars aren’t the cars of the future but of the past as well? Surprised???
Well back in the late 19th century and early 20th-century gasoline engines weren’t popular, not until petrol and diesel based internal combustion engines became popular. Before that people were experimenting different fuel sources for their vehicles which ranged from the good old-fashioned coal to revolutionary sources by today’s standards such as hydrogen (1808, François Isaac de Rivaz designed a car which had an internal combustion engine that used Hydrogen) and electricity (1859 Ányos Jedlik and Gaston Planté gave birth to electric cars by inventing the electric motor and lead-acid battery respectively).
Once, the petrol and diesel engine arrived, they replaced these “obsolete” technology as they were easier to make, manufacture & use and the fuel was cheaper.
#5 Volkswagen owns 7 famous car brands around the world
Lamborghini, Bugatti, Bentley, Porsche, and Audi. These brands have something common between them. You might answer, they create some of the most expensive cars or some of the best cars. Well, the actual answer is that these famous brands alongside Ducati are all owned by Volkswagen which means people’s car, by the way.
You see sometimes, the things are not quite what they look like and Volkswagen is an excellent example of this.
So, these were 5 cool facts that you now know. New innovations and researches are happening in the automotive industry every day. Each resulting in hundreds of new facts related to cars. So, stay tuned and you might hear about the guy who was given the first speeding ticket for flying his car too fast.