Car Facts Episode 3 – Automotive World Records
The last two episodes of Gary’s Automotive car facts have been focused on learning important facts when it comes to vehicle service and knowledge. While learning the technical aspects of cars is important, sometimes vehicles specs are part of a bigger picture. This week, we’ll take a look at some automotive world records, and the stories behind them.
Automotive world records don’t necessarily add up like one would expect. The largest producer is China, the most popular model is Japanese or American, but the first car was German. Lets start by looking at some basic vehicle facts:
The Largest Automotive Producer: China
China doubles North America’s vehicle production with an estimated 20 million vehicles produced each year. The global total for vehicle production is around 80-90 million, meaning China alone produces 1/4 of the world’s vehicles. This trend had been steadily increasing since the 80’s, and has no signs of slowing any time soon. China produces vehicles for many major manufacturers, but also has several brands that can only be found in china.
The Most Popular Car And Truck Models: Toyota Corolla And Ford F-Series
Wondering which car is the most common on the roads? The landslide winner is the Toyota Corolla. Since 1966, over 37 million Corollas have been sold to consumers world wide. The Corolla owes it’s success to its incredible reliability, low price, and comfortable drive. The F-Series pickup trucks have seen over 29 million units produced since the 40’s, and regularly become one of, if not the most popular vehicle in America during any given year.
The single seat P50 weighs only 130 pounds. The vehicle features no reverse gear, instead opting for a handle to move it by hand should the need arise. The P50 was originally designed as a personal city car, but the idea never really caught on. The 3 wheels on the the P50 did in fact make it road legal even in the United States. There is an upside to such a small vehicle. Despite being made in the early 60’s, the P50 was capable of a fuel economy of nearly 100 mpg.
The Largest: Rolls-Royce Phantom
The P50 is a car, not a monster truck or dump truck. While there are certainly vehicles larger than the Phantom, when it comes to production model cars, the Phantom is the longest (without being a limo), tallest, and heaviest car available today. The Phantom is known for being one of the most luxurious models in the Rolls-Royce line up. Another large aspect to the Phantom? The price. The Phantom costs over $500,000.
Aside from being quite the mouthful to pronounce, the Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita comes with a unique composition that makes it so valuable. We already know that carbon fiber is lighter and stronger than steel, a performance upgrade we are sometimes prepared to pay more for. How to improve on carbon fiber? Mix diamonds into the weave for a stronger finish. Diamonds are the one of the strongest materials on earth, and mixed with carbon fiber it may be worth the 5 million dollar price tag of this limited run production car.
Speed and vehicles go together like nothing else. Naturally, there is a lot of competition to become the fastest vehicle. Vehicles are measured on acceleration to a certain speed, as well as their top speed. From the time you started reading the word speed in this paragraph to now, the Koenigsegg One could have gone from a dead stop to 400 KM/H. The Bugatti Veyron Super Sport is capable of pushing that even farther to a top speed of 431 KM/H. A common measurement of speed is a vehicle’s 0-60 time. This assesses how fast a vehicle can go from a dead stop to 60 MPH (about 100 KM/H). The Porsche 918 is capable of doing this in just 2.2 seconds. Meaning it literally is possible to break a speed limit in the blink of an eye.
The first car was the Ford Model T. At least, that’s what most people believe. While the model T does represent the dawn of the modern affordable car, The company that would become Mercedes had automobiles for sale nearly 20 years earlier. While lacking in refinements and features of the Model T, The Benz Patent Motorwagen did feature a combustion engine, steering system, spark plugs, and radiator systems. The Model T would go on influence major German automakers on production and worker equality values, something that should be praised in its own right.
Fun Car Facts – Automotive World Records
While there are certainly more metrics to measure vehicles on, these are some of the most basic automotive world records that it is good to be aware of. As always, you can count on Gary’s Automotive for expert service and advice, whether you need to know if you need an oil change, or what the fastest car in the world is. For all things cars, trust Gary’s Automotive!