You may own your own car, but there are plenty of facts we bet you didn’t know about the wonderful world of automobiles. Since the introduction of the motor car in the late 19th century, people the world over have become fascinated with these vehicles. The car has evolved into high-speed models, colourful creations, and symbols of status. Here are some fascinating facts about the much-loved motor car for you, your family, and your friends to enjoy.
Watching paint dry
It takes an average of 25 hours to build one car. You would think individual mechanics of the vehicle would be the most time-consuming part, yet, incredibly, it takes ten hours to just paint an averaged sized vehicle.
Speeding anywhere but on the race track, or on private property, is not OK, and to prove that, the Swedish government issued a fine the equivalent of $1,000,000 to a man traveling over the permitted limit. In Sweden fines are issued as a percentage of your earnings, and to date, this is the largest fine ever given for speeding anywhere in the world.
OMG it’s an OEM!
Ever heard of the acronym, OEM? Perhaps you want to wow your friends with some auto-jargon? An OEM stands for Original Equipment Manufacturers and is a term used to describe certain companies that produce parts and subsystems which are then used in another product created by a different company. Confused? Discover more about the OEM Meaning at Tuning Guru, and marvel your fellow car enthusiasts with some more fascinating facts.
You may have noticed that some coffee chains charge an astonishing amount for their premium coffee choices. To get an idea of just how expensive a coffee can be, check out this fact – you will be charged 8 times more for a gallon of Grande Latte Starbucks than for a gallon of gas!
Speaking of coffee…
If you love coffee and are looking for ways to reuse all those coffee grounds, take a look at the Car-puccino. This one-off car runs on coffee grounds, travels at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour, and requires re-filling and cleaning every 30 to 45 miles. Not exactly a convenient way to travel, but it is certainly one way to help the environment.
Cleaning your car can be quite therapeutic and is a great way for your kids to earn some pocket money. However, not all people enjoy giving their car a good wash as apparently 16% of people in America never wash their car. Is that even hygienic?
Traveling in style
The heaviest limousine is reported to weigh over 50,000 pounds and can seat around 40 passengers. This deluxe vehicle features three lounges and a bar. Imagine turning up to prom in that!
A lasting legacy
It appears that Rolls Royce really do produce cars that are built to last, as it is believed that 75% of all cars produced by the company are still on the road.