The car is one invention that has become an integral part of our lives. However, how well is it that we know this machine that completely transformed the way our world operates? We’ve curated a list of certain tidbits of my information regarding cars that’ll instantly make you seem cool and the center of attention in any debate on the automotive industry.
- It takes close to about 30,000 parts to make a Car
The car you come across in your daily life is a pretty complex machine. Although based on a pretty intelligible concept and not too difficult to drive, it takes about 30,000 parts, small and big, to build a car. So the next time you think being a car mechanic was an undemanding job, think again.
- The first recorded car accident took place over a century ago
Car accidents, today, are a pretty common occurrence worldwide. But did you know that the first automobile accident took place in a car that only had a top speed of 5 mph? The car with a single-cylinder gasoline powered engine built by John William Lambert bumped into a hitching post after having hit a tree root.
- An actual horse can only summon about 0.7 horsepower
Adopted by the Scottish engineer James Watt in the 18th century, the unit or Horsepower is equivalent to 33,000 foot-lbs per minute. But while the unit was, in fact, calculated on the basis of the hauling power of draft horses, a real horse today is said to muster only about 70% of that power in actuality.
- The AMC Gremlin inspired modern SUV design
If you’ve ever come across an AMC Gremlin, it doesn’t seem to inspire much excitement when it comes to style. Dubbed by many to be one of the ugliest cars ever designed, the Gremlin was still very much instrumental in pioneering the high-hood, sloping-side-window style we see in the SUVs of today.
- A blind person invented Cruise Control
Ralph Teetor, the person responsible for inventing Cruise Control, amongst a host of other things, had turned blind by the age of 5. This complication, however, did nothing to deter his confidence or genius. And to think that he invented Cruise Control only because he was getting annoyed of the constant speeding up and slowing down interrupting his conversation with a friend accompanying him in the car!
- The first ticket for speeding was given out way back in 1902
Traffic cops, these days, tend to hand out speeding tickets like Santa giving out presents on Christmas. But it’s a pretty old concept, having started way back in 1902. And the cars back then could only go up to about 45 mph. Not the best time to be a road racer!
- A road trip to the moon would supposedly take you 6 months to reach
The moon is at an average distance of 238,855 miles away from our Earth. Even if you could driver straight to the moon at a constant speed of about 60 mph, it would take you about 165 days to reach. That’s a long, long journey!
- There is more than 50 lbs of copper in your car
As cars have become increasingly advanced over time, so has their electrification. While cars in the mid-20th century would use about 150 feet of wiring, the modern cars has about half a mile of copper wiring, weighing about 50 lbs. And with electric vehicles coming into the picture, the wiring in them has easily come to weigh close to about 150 lbs.
- Rubber tires in cars could be developed thanks to an accident
Without the process of vulcanization which gives the rubber of today its strength and durability, the tires we use in cars would have been a distant reality. However, not many are aware of the fact that the mixing of sulphur and gum at high temperatures (in this case, in a stove) was discovered by Charles Goodyear accidentally. And if claims on the internet are to be believed, he managed to do it while in prison.
- The car radio came very close to being banned
Automotive head units of today are large touchscreens that can perform multiple functions, right from navigation to managing your in-car entertainment systems. However, when the car radio was first introduced, a number of states in USA contemplated banning them since they were viewed to be potentially distracting to the driver.