7 Most Interesting Car Facts – Ever

July 24th, 2014 by

A pile of cars at a junk yard against blue cloudy skies

If you are a fan of the automotive industry, then it is good to know that your fascination has a rich and extensive history. The automobile’s history is so extensive, in fact, that entire college courses are dedicated solely to that subject. As your favorite Cincinnati Chevrolet dealer, we like to brush up on our car facts and dates every once in a while. Most of the popular facts out there regarding the history of the motor vehicle are repetitive, and can get boring. That’s where this blog post comes in.

Check out our list of 7 of the most interesting car facts that we bet you didn’t already know. Comment below to let us know what you found most interesting, or leave your own tidbit of car history facts for us and others to read about.

  1. Horsepower does not derive its name from a horse. In fact, based on the conversion of one horsepower into 746 watts or 33,000 pound-feet of torque per minute, a horse produces barely .7 horsepower. The name is just something the two have in common.
  2. Confused about which side of the car to pull up to the pump on? Check out the arrow on your fuel gauge, it will point you in the right direction.
  3. The dash board got its start as a piece of wood attached to the front of a horse-drawn buggy to prevent mud from hitting the carriage driver.
  4. The highest speeding ticket ever issued was to a man with a lead-foot in Switzerland who was clocked at 180 miles per hour. His fine was calculated based on the speed he was traveling, and his income. He was given a citation just over one million dollars.
  5. Next time your key fob doesn’t reach to your car from where you are standing, hold it to your head and push the button. Apparently, your head acts as an amplifier and nearly doubles the key fobs range.
  6. Up to 95% of vehicles are recycled every year, making it the most recycled product on the planet.
  7. The first ever recorded automobile accident occurred back in 1771, with a steam-powered self-propelled vehicle who lost control.