15 Weird and Wonderful Car Facts!


With so many cars in the world, we tend to take them for granted and forget how incredible these machines are. But take a look at some facts and statistics about cars and you’ll soon start to remember just how amazing they really are.

  1. The world’s first speeding ticket was issued in 1902. How fast was the offending driver going? At a speed of 72 kilometers per hour!
  2. A modern Formula 1 car can travel upside down in a tunnel at a speed of 200 kilometers per hour. F1 cars generate about 3.5 Gs when cornering, which means they have enough downforce to go upside down in a tunnel.
  3. 60 million cars are produced annually. That’s 165,000 per day, 6,875 per hour and 115 per minute.
  4. There are currently 1 billion cars in use worldwide. Compared to the world’s population, that’s about one car for every seven people on Earth.
  5. It would take less than a month to go to the moon by car. That’s right – go straight up at an average speed of 100 kilometers per hour and you can get to the moon in less than a month.
  6. The average car has over 30,000 unique parts.
  7. 75% of all cars produced by Rolls Royce are still on the road. It seems that Rolls Royce owners really love their cars.
  8. Volkswagen owns twelve well-known car brands from 7 European countries. Including Volkswagen, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Scania and MAN.
  9. The first car accident happened in 1891. This led to the introduction of better safety equipment for drivers.
  10. Some drivers just feel the need for speed. In the case of one speeding driver, it cost a fortune: a $1 million fine. World record for the most expensive speeding ticket in 2010. went to a Swedish driver in Switzerland. The unnamed man drove his Mercedes SLS AMG sports car at a speed of 290 km/h. The reason why the speeding fine was so high is that the amount of the speeding fine in Switzerland is determined by a combination of the driver’s income and the fixed speed limit. Many other European countries have a similar system of fines for speeding.
  11. The world record for removing and replacing a car engine is 42 seconds. This record was set in 1985. November 21 achieved by mechanics working on the Ford Escort.
  12. The chance of dying in a car accident is about 1 in 5000. When you compare that to the chance of dying in a plane crash (1 in 11 million), driving becomes quite dangerous!
  13. The man who invented cruise control was blind. His name was Ralf Teetor, and he was inspired to create cruise control by his lawyer.
  14. The maximum total mileage of one car is 5,000,000 kilometers. This is equivalent to going around the Earth 100 times.
  15. Hennessey Venom GT is the fastest production car in the world. Its maximum speed is 485 kilometers per hour.

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