Top 10 Interesting Facts About Cars

Cars are an essential invention to society as they are what make commute and journey times faster and more convenient. However, cars aren't just a source of convenience, they are also fascinating machines. In this list, I will be discussing some facts you may have not known related to cars.
The Top Ten
1 The Benz Patent-Motorwagen is the world's first car

The world's first-ever automobile was developed in 1885 by Carl Benz and was therefore named the Benz Patent-Motorwagen. It was essentially a gas-powered motor tricycle built with steel tubing and wood panels. The automobile could travel at a top speed of about 16 kilometers per hour (or 10 miles per hour).

Very interesting list. I personally never knew this was the first car ever made. I always thought Panhard et Levassor were the ones who made the first car.

2 It would take less than 6 months to drive to the moon

Hypothetically speaking, if it were possible to drive straight to the moon at about 60 miles per hour, a trip to the moon by car would take less than half a year to complete. This assumes you exclude traffic jams and other obstacles like car breakdowns.

The journey would take less than six months if there were little to no stops made during the trip.

3 The American Dream is the longest car in the world

The longest car in the world is a Cadillac limousine with a length of approximately 100 feet. The limo features unique amenities such as a swimming pool, a putting green, and a helipad.

4 The most popular car color is white

That's surprising, to say the least. I would have guessed black, mostly because it hides bird droppings much more efficiently than white does.

About 25.8% of cars purchased come in the color white. The grayscale color group in general is the most popular for cars, making up about 78.5% of purchases. On the other hand, the least popular color for a car is purple.

5 The slowest car in the world is the Peel P50

The Peel P50, which also holds the record for the smallest car in the world, is a three-wheeled microcar that can travel at a top speed of about 28 MPH, making it the slowest car in the world.

Apart from not going very fast, I imagine it can't go very far given that you wouldn't be allowed to drive it on the motorway.

I wonder how a car like this could perform if modified with modern equipment. Imagine a turbocharged or supercharged Peel P50.

6 The first speeding ticket was issued in 1896

The driver was traveling at a speed of approximately 8 miles per hour and was consequently issued the first-ever speeding ticket.

7 Chevrolet was the first to introduce the car radio

In 1922, Chevrolet was the first car manufacturer to introduce the car radio. The government initially objected and wanted them banned, thinking they would be a source of distraction. However, the ban failed to be put in place.

8 95% of a car's lifetime is spent parked

Only 5% of a car's lifetime is spent in use or on the road. For most of the car's lifetime, it remains parked and not in use.

9 There is an estimate of over 1.4 billion cars on Earth

As of today in 2023, there are currently over 1.4 billion cars in use on Earth. While this number is technically small compared to Earth's human population, it's still quite an impressive and large number of cars in our world.

I wonder how many cars have been made in total over the years. It must be an insane number.

10 The word car is derived from a latin word: Carrum

The word "car" is short for the Latin term "carrum," which basically means a wheeled vehicle.

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