Automobile Facts


  • The first known automobile was built in 1668, it was a two foot long steam powered model constructed by Ferdinand Verbiest, a Belgian Jesuit preist.
  • Initially cars were steered with a tiller. Steering wheels were first introduced in 1898 by a Panhard & Levassor model.
  • The first car for sale in America was the Curved Dash Oldsmobile. It was priced at $650.
  • The fastest time for removing a car engine, and replacing it is 42 seconds for a Ford Escort, on 21 November 1985.
  • An airbag takes only 40 milliseconds to inflate after an accident. Airbag opening speed reaches 320 km/h.
  • The first car radio was invented in 1929.
  • The Ford Puma is the first Ford to be entirely designed on computer.
  • The city with the most Rolls Royce’s per capital is Hong Kong.
  • An F1 car weighs around 550 kg.
  • According to research carried out by DirectLine for the Daily Mirror, satellite navigation systems are being blamed for 300,000 road accidents each year.
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