The largest non-commercial rocket launch in European history was done for an episode of Top Gear where they tried to send a Reliant Robin into space.
1981 Cadillac Eldorados were fitted with a metal plate under the driver’s seat to fix a balancing problem. This saved mob associate Frank Rosenthal‘s life when the plate shielded him from the force of a car bomb exploding under his Eldorado.
About 1/3 of new cars no longer come with a spare tire. While some have run-flat tires, having no spare tires decreases weight and increases fuel economy and also quietly saves car companies millions of dollars a year.
Car makers employ sound engineers to give car doors that satisfying ‘thunk’ when closed.
An oil change for a Bugatti Veyron costs $21,000 and takes approximately 27 hours.
60 Minutes ran a story on the Audi 5000 in 1986, claiming that it accelerated suddenly on its own. However, the demonstration used a rigged car whose transmission had been altered. Government agencies vindicated the car, but Audi’s sales were affected. 60 minutes never apologised to Audi.
Along with the new Tesla semi truck, Elon Musk unveiled the second-generation Tesla Roadster. The Roadster 2, which Musk says will be the fastest production car ever, apparently does 0-60 in 1.9 seconds and, uh, it shows:
If you want to get your hands on one, however, you’ll have to wait until 2020 (and have $200,000 lying around).
Volkswagen sells sausages and ketchup. It is also their best selling product, selling millions more than their cars.
Cars have become so quiet, automakers have resorted to playing fake engine noises from the speakers.
If you look at the little gas indicator on your dashboard, you should see a tiny arrow next to it. That arrow actually points to the gas tank side of your car. Older models may not have the indicator, but new cars do.