Cars are such an integral part of our lives, and our culture, but how much do we know about them? It seems important to get to know as much about cars as we possibly can. There are so many resources nowadays where you can find out fun and interesting car facts. You could speak to experts, visit the library or trawl the internet to find facts.
Here is a list of some of the most interesting and fun facts about cars. Many car facts you might already be aware of. Like, for instance, what’s the most popular luxury car – it’s Mercedes by the way. And, in fact, you can browse through hundreds of Mercedes cars with a quick visit to www.mercedes-benz.inchcape.co.uk. You might be able to find the legendary Mercedes-Benz E-Class used in the James Bond film The Man With The Golden Gun.
But these are things you probably already know about. This is a list of examples you might not have any idea about. Have a read and see if these inspire you to want to find out more about cars.
Over One Billion Registered
It’s thought that there are currently over one billion vehicles registered in the world. Think about it this way, that’s the population of China! And that’s only the cars that are registered. Who knows how many more there are out there?! And it’s estimated that over two hundred and fifty million of these vehicles are in the USA alone. This is a staggering amount when you think about it. But it only goes to show the importance and influence of cars on Western culture.
New Car Smell
We can all vividly recall that ‘new car’ smell from when we were kids. Remember when your parents would bring home a new car, and you’d find the smell fascinating? It’s a similar appeal to the smell of a brand new book. Did you always wonder what that smell was and where it came from? Well, it seems that the smell is caused by organic compounds and chemicals. These are added to the interior presumably as some sort of preservative for the upholstery. So, the next time you get that familiar smell you’ll know exactly what’s causing it.
Crazy Number of Parts
Did you know the average car is made using around 30,000 parts?! This includes things like nuts and bolts too. But still, 30,000! Let that sink in for a minute. That’s a phenomenal amount of parts. When you think about it this way, is it any wonder that cars are so intricate and delicate? And this might go a long way to explaining why cars are such complex creatures, and can often take so long to repair. Maybe you’ll go a bit easier on the mechanics the next time they tell you they have to wait a week for a part!
You may not know this, but the first Volkswagen car was manufactured by Ferdinand Porsche at the behest of Adolf Hitler! Hitler wanted him to build a ‘people’s car’, which is what Volkswagen literally translates to. This car would go on to become what we know today to be the Volkswagen Beetle.
You see, cars can provide fun facts as well as being practical. They play such an important role in society and our lives it seems we should know something about them. A quick search can generate many more car facts for your appreciation. But these are some fun and informative ones to be getting on with.