40 CURIOSITIES YOU DID NOT KNOW ABOUT CARS

The universe that surrounds the car industry is broad and is already part of the history of humanity. And as such, there are many curiosities that belong to this universe and that most people do not know. Check out some of them: Henrique Santos Dumont, Alberto’s brother, was the one who brought the first car to Brazil in 1893. A steam-powered Daimler. Accidents accompany the history of cars. In Brazil, the first automobile accident was caused by a famous personage of our culture: the poet Olav Bilac, author of the hymn to the Flag. In 1897, Bilac lost direction and hit a tree in Rio de Janeiro. The poet left unharmed, but the vehicle suffered bruises.

Can you imagine c7 corvette outdoor car cover without a rear-view mirror? Yeah … he needed to be invented sometime and the author of the feat was the Frenchman Alfred Faucet in 1906. In fact, he also invented the brake light and the blinker. Since the wipers windshield were patented by American Mary Anderson, in 1903. But they worked manually. The mechanically operated appeared in 1916 in the USA. Who does not like sound in the car? But the American George Frost needed to be a pioneer to enjoy this benefit. In 1922, at the age of 18, he installed a radio in his Ford Model T, the first to have that idea. Five years later, the Philadelphia Storage Battery Company started manufacturing car-radios on an industrial scale, named Phil co Transit one. The Czechoslovakia was the first to realize the importance of the bumpers and the first car to have the device was developed by them in 1897. But it lacked perfecting the idea, because after running 15 kilometers, the stops – shock crashed and had no way to be installed again. It was the Englishman FR Simms who gave definitive format to the invention, putting a rubber bumper in his car in 1905. The first man to go for a spin on a steam-powered contraption was the French artillery officer Nicolas Cugnot. In 1769, his three-wheeled vehicle reached a speed of 4 km / h on a Paris street, to – at the height of his success – collide with a tree, producing the first car accident. A year later, he presented a new model for cannon transport. As he rounded a corner, Cannot caused another accident. In this way, he would still be the first man convicted of dangerous driving that ended up in prison.

The number of cars in the world increases at a rate twice as high as that of the population. The forecast is that there will be at least 2 billion cars worldwide by 2030. Currently, the number is approximately 1 billion. More than half the oil produced worldwide is consumed by cars. The highest known traffic ticket was issued in Switzerland, where the penalty is proportional to the income of the offender. The millionaire, who refuses to identify himself, paid $ 1 million for having stuck a red light. The Guinness Book of Records guarantees that the world’s smallest car (with license to go around) is the English Wind UP. It is just over one meter tall (104 centimeters), 129 centimeters long and 66 centimeters wide. The vehicle can reach up to 60 km / h. Toyota makes more cars: 13,000 units per day. It is also the most acquired brand on the planet. The most expensive car of all time cost 7.8 million dollars: it is a Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe of 1931. The cheaper one is no longer the Lada, manufactured in Russia and that has entered without success in our market. Currently, the Indian Tata Nano is the most in account. Ferrari is the least manufactured industrial model in the world: four cars a day maximum. The Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport is awarded the world’s fastest car title among commercial supersports. The model has already reached 431.07 km / h. But the feat can not be Guinness, which requires the existence of 30 units of the model – there are only 29 of that Bugatti. The first cars were driven by a lever, like a joy stick. The one who discovered the greatest efficiency of the circular direction was the French Alfred Vacheron, in 1894. The average time to build a car line is 24 hours. Of these, ten hours are spent in painting.

As everyone knows, it was Adolph Hitler who implemented the “car of the people”, our well-known VW Fusca. What few know is that the model, ironically, was based on the concept of design produced by a Jew, Josef Ganz. The first known fine was issued in the city of Dayton, Ohio, USA. The offender drove at high speed: 25 km / h. In the USA, a traffic fatality occurs every 12 minutes. A third of them are caused by alcoholic drivers. The strangest car known to have been made in 1899. The body was shaped like a wagon, and in the front there was a fake horse, so that the circulating horses would not disturb the vehicle. In China, traffic surpasses the imagination. The biggest known traffic jam happened on a Chinese road: traffic stopped for a month. A solution to the delay in traffic jams also comes from China. In Shanghai, there is a driver service that, for $ 100, takes control of the car stopped in traffic and takes the owner by motorcycle to his destination. According to recent research, the British consume, on average, 99 days of their lives stopped in the traffic. Many drivers love the famous “new smell” of zero-kilometer cars. This odor is the result of a combination of 50 volatile organic compounds. One of every four cars manufactured in the world is Chinese. Every year around 60 million new vehicles are dumped in every street on the planet. That is, 165 thousand a day. The Ford T, the 20th model of the brand, was launched in 1908 and manufactured for 19 years. To date it is proportionately the most popular car in the world. In 1916, 55% of the world’s cars were the Ford T. Bob Marley, the Jamaican reggae king, had a BMW. But not out of vanity. The reason was the acronym, coinciding with the name of the band: Bob Marley and the Wailers.

We often talk about cars driven by robots, without the need for drivers. There are those who bet on this future. In Nevada, US state, they already take it for granted: recently the legislation for non-driver car license has been implemented. For some obscure and unexplained reason, cars that sell ice cream are banned in the state of Iowa, USA. The United States is the only country where there are states with more cars than inhabitants. In Montana, there are 1.1 car per capita and in South Dakota, 1.02. Between 1942 and 1945 the US car industry did not manufacture civilian vehicles, only war vehicles. The country with the fewest cars in the streets is the Togo African: two cars per thousand inhabitants. On the other hand, in Monaco there are 899 cars per thousand inhabitants. The car industry offers fewer and fewer jobs. The peak was in 2000 when, in the US, there were 1.3 million workers in car factories. Today this number is 700 thousand. The Ford F-Series is the best selling car of all time: 34 million units. In the beginning of time, automobile manufacturing was a contagious undertaking. Many companies were created and they went bankrupt. Between 1900 and 1945, 1650 car brands were disabled in the US. China is today the country that makes the most cars and already has 0.8 cars per inhabitant. And the tendency is to grow: the Chinese are more and more in love with these toys. In Shanghai, traffic has worsened so much that it was necessary to introduce a law limiting car licenses by 100,000 a year.

BRABUS UPDATES THE MERCEDES-BENZ G500 4X4² WITH 500 HORSES

Brabus will launch in the Frankfurt Motor Show a model based on the new 4×4² Mercedes-Benz G500, which arrives in Europe this month for 226,110 euros (about R $ 990 thousand). For the event, which takes place this week, the customization company will bring this and other restyled models, such as the GT S, G63 AMG and the C63 S. As usual, they were able to extract more Class G power – to be more exact, 78 extra horses and 10.19 kgfm of extra torque. With that, off-road now packs 500 hp at 5,600 rpm and 72.4 kgfm of torque between 2,250 rpm and 4,250 rpm, sent to both axles through a seven-speed automatic transmission. Although the G500 4×4² was not designed to be a fast machine, this more tuned version needs only 6.9 seconds to go from 0 to 100 km / h. Its top speed is 210 km / h, electronically limited to preserve the integrity of all-terrain tires. The new package also includes a tuned stainless steel exhaust system with courtesy butterfly valves – controlled by a steering wheel mounted knob – and a redesigned exterior with parts made primarily of carbon fiber, headlamps with lights LED daytime running lights, retractable side step and black alloy wheels with a dual five-spoke design. Inside, the black leather seams were worked in the form of arrow, contrasted with a red stitching. For the headliner and other interior areas, the Alcantara lining was used, with some carbon fiber parts. The lighting highlights the Brabus logo even more.

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