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25 Kickass and Interesting Facts About Cars

Here are 25 Kickass and Interesting Car facts.

1-5 Interesting Car Facts

Lincoln Town

1. The Lincoln Town car is the last US luxury car to still use body-on-frame construction, as opposed to a unibody frame, which allows it to be easily lengthened, explaining the car’s full domination of the limousine market. – Source

2. Norway has very strict rules on advertising cars as “green,” saying “cars can do nothing good for the environment except less damage than others.” – Source

3. When Oprah gave the audience cars back in 2004, they were not really free. They had to pay about $6,000 in federal and income taxes. Some people paid the taxes by taking out car loans; others traded their new Pontiacs for cheaper, less souped-up cars. – Source

4. A Greek taxi driver has the highest recorded mileage to date (2.9 million miles) on a Mercedes. He donated his car to the museum, and he was gifted a new car. – Source

5. Mr. Rodgers’ car was once stolen. The thief returned it back to him after he realized whose car it was. – Source

6-10 Interesting Car Facts

Honda Prelude

6. 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. – Source

7. The Soviet Union allowed theaters to play The Grapes of Wrath because of its depiction of the plight of the poor under capitalism, but it was later withdrawn because Russian audiences were amazed that even the poorest Americans could afford a car. – Source

8. In 2002 a car was reported running off the road in Surrey, England by multiple witnesses. Police arrived, but found no signs of a crash. After a careful search the car and driver were finally found but it was determined the accident occurred 5 months earlier. – Source

9. In 2007, 20-year-old Florida kid named Ryan Holle was sentenced to life without parole for lending his car to a friend, who then murdered an 18-year-old girl. – Source

10. Residents of Churchill, Canada leave their cars unlocked to offer an escape for pedestrians who might encounter polar bears on Main Street. – Source


11-15 Interesting Car Facts

Cozy Coupe

11. Little Tikes, red and yellow Cozy Coupe toy car reached 6 million units in sales by its 25th anniversary in 2004, and was called the “world’s best-selling car for much of this decade” by The New York Times in 1998, outselling the Honda Accord and Ford Taurus. – Source

12. It is legal in California to drive a motorcycle between two cars in their lane (lane splitting) and only 53% of state residents know that it is legal. – Source

13. The first car to use a rear-view mirror was driven by inaugural Indy 500 winner Ray Harroun in 1911 to see the cars catching up behind him. – Source

14. In 1941, more than three million cars were manufactured in the United States. Only 139 more were manufactured during World War 2. – Source

15. In many states in USA, you can be charged with a DUI even if the car is parked and you’re sleeping while drunk. – Source

16-20 Interesting Car Facts

Race winner Niki Lauda (AUT) Brabham BT46B was allowed to keep the result despite the controversial fan at the rear apparently declared illegal and not raced again. Swedish Grand Prix, Rd 8, Anderstorp, Sweden, 17 June 1978. BEST IMAGE

16. During the 1978 Formula One, there was a car named BT46B “fan car.” Fans were used to suck air out from under the car. Air-tight ‘hover-car like’ skirts allowed the fans to develop negative pressure beneath the chassis. This effectively allowed the car to ‘stick to the road’. It won its only race before being banned. – Source

17. The US gas guzzler tax that was designed to discourage fuel-inefficient vehicles only applies to cars, but not SUVs, trucks, and vans, since they were rarely used as passenger cars when the law was passed in 1978. The law has since not been updated to reflect modern times. – Source

18. In Sweden, your car headlights have to be on at all times when driving, even in broad daylight – Source

19. About 75% of the cars that Rolls Royce has ever produced are still on the road. – Source

20. In 2006, the Indy Car Series switched over to Honda engines and since then, there have been no Indy Car engine failures. – Source

21-25 Interesting Car Facts

Car flame thrower

21. South African residents can legally attach small flamethrowers to the side of their cars to provide defense against carjackers. – Source

22. You can instantly cool down a car that has been sitting under the sun by rolling down the window on one side and opening and closing the door on the other side five to six times.

23. Bridget Driscoll received instant notoriety when she stepped off the curb and into the history books on August 17th 1896. Mrs Driscoll, a 44 year old housewife, who was travelling from Old Town, Croydon to a folk-dancing display in Crystal Palace, became the first pedestrian in the UK to be killed by a car. She was hit by a demonstration car travelling at 4mph. She died within minutes of receiving a head injury – Source

24. Your car remote can lose synchronization with the car and become useless if a button is pressed more than 256 times when the remote is out of range. – Source

25. 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. – Source

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  • #25 is absolutely not true. I have driven multiple Porsches, and the ignition lock cylinder has always been on the right of the steering column. They have all been LHD Boxters and Cayennes for the US domestic market, so perhaps this is true for other models, but certainly not all Porsches.

    #8 is shady… the fact says “multiple witnesses” whereas the source says “a member of the public.” Was it one guy who saw a car in a ditch and exaggerated, or multiple people who saw a ghost car fly off the road?

    • From http://oppositelock.jalopnik.com/lets-talk-about-ignition-placement-1448449372

      Yes, I know Porsches have their ignition on the left due to their Le Mans heritage, when drivers used to run to their cars, turn the car on with their left hand and engage gear with their right, in search of that extra advantage on their competitors. I guess that one characteristic has served them well, considering they’ve won Le Mans sixteen times.

      But here’s the problem I have with Porsche. I can never make a quick exit in one, despite the fact that the ignition is on the left side for that very purpose. Being a right-handed person, the key is always in my right hand. And all other car companies have their ignition on right. As a result, I spend a good five to ten seconds looking for the ignition every time I start, stall, or need to switch off the car. This is something I haven’t become accustomed to for three years. Which rattles me.

      I guess due to my right-handed muscle memory, I’ve become way too used to mindlessly using my right hand to unlock and enter a car, insert the key into the ignition, switch on the car, check if a Regina Spektor song is playing, disengage the parking brake, shift into Drive, and set off.

      Meanwhile, the other hand is checking text messages or is grasping the steering wheel. I fathom ninety percent of drivers probably do this right up until the first fender-bender/driving-while-texting ticket.

      However, Porsche fundamentally believes that even a soccer mom driving a Cayenne or an orthodontist rocking a Panamera should be subject to the Le Mans experience. I’m sure they’ve become used to it since Porsche is at the top of the J.D. Power Initial Quality Study. (On a side note, Toyota was in the bottom five in the same study while Land Rover wasn’t.)

      But these customers don’t want to be Derek Bell. They probably don’t even know who he is.

      Now you may say, “Doesn’t Porsche have a keyless entry option?” Well, even if you take the Porsche Entry and Drive option, there’s no start button for that quick getaway. Porsche actually puts a fake key in the ignition and has the driver turn that, like a normal key, to start the car, while the actual key presumably is in your pocket. Apparently, a start/stop button isn’t the Porsche way, but leaving the center console of a Panamera Turbo S full of blank switches without a start/stop button is.

      Unfortunately, since Porsche not having its ignition on the left would be like Justin Bieber changing hair styles (losing a crucial part of your identity, but being tremendously successful anyway), it looks like I’ll have to budget an extra five to ten seconds every time I get into a Porsche.

      It’s a pity. I’ll never be able to pull a quick bank job with a Panamera. Prevent clogging school pick-up lines in a Cayenne. Pick up girls smoothly in a 918. Live out my Bob Wollek fantasies in a Cayman.

      • Were talking about racing Porsches from the late 60s and 70s like the 908 and 917. They still make street 911’s with left side turn key ignition today. But you’re right, today’s cup and rsr Porsches are switch started

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