In the 1930s, the US spent $300.000 ($5,5 million adjusted for inflation) to built massive car with the goal to cross Antarctica. Only to discover upon arrival that the tyres didn’t work in the snow, and the whole thing was abandoned after 140 km (driven in reverse).
On October 6, 1909, Vancouver revealed its first Auto Ambulance and was taken on a test drive, when it ran over and almost instantly killed a wealthy man from Austin, Texas. Ironically, this man was the first person the ambulance picked up.
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.
USPS Mail Delivery Vehicles are 25-30 years old and use engines designed in the 1970’s that get 10 MPG.
Before the fall of the German Wall, East Germany lacked significant resources to manufacture cars. As a result, the Trabant automobile used recycled cotton waste for the body instead of steel.
Hitler sanctioned the construction of a six-wheeled 3,000hp Mercedes-Benz intended to break the land speed record. It was 27ft long and made its power from a 44.5 liter V12.
In 1961 Donald Reid built a Flying Submarine. It was demonstrated on 9 June 1964 where it dove to a depth of 6.5 feet (2 m) then flew to an altitude of 33 ft (10 m).
Hummer drivers were statistically the worst drivers on the road, averaging 5x more traffic violations than any other vehicle.
There are only 8 active Wienermobiles in the United States and only college seniors who are about to graduate are eligible to become drivers.
The world’s largest moving object, the Bagger 288 Superexcavator, leaves virtually no tracks, even over grass. The sheer surface area of the tracks makes its ground pressure less than a barefoot person.