Some Facts You Didn’t Know About Your Car

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There’s an amazing amount of history behind the car, and a lot of facts you might not know. Here’s a look at some of the most interesting!

They’ve Been Around a While

The modern car dates back to 1886, so it’s been around much longer than people think. Of course, it would have looked quite different, but German inventor, Karl Benz is credited with building the first modern automobile.

If the name Benz sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because he went on to form part of Mercedes-Benz, one of the most successful car producers in the world today.

There’s a Lot of Engineering Involved

The average car is made up of around 30,000 parts, so there’s plenty of engineering involved. In modern day cars, around 80% of those parts are recyclable, so we are making strides in that area.

With so many parts involved, it’s not surprising they break down from time to time.

They Go Pretty Fast These Days

The fastest car in the world, the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+ topped out at 304mph which we can all agree is pretty fast. When you bear in mind the first speeding ticket was handed out in 1902 for the huge speed of 45mph, we’ve come a long way!

But They Can Be Expensive

If you want to buy a road car that can top 300mph then it’s going to set you back. The Chiron Super Sport costs over $3 million but that’s not the most expensive car in the world.

The Rolls Royce Sweptail will cost you over $13 million, so have your check book at the ready.

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And a Lot of Them Get Stolen

A car gets stolen every 45 seconds in the US, so make sure you’ve got your Rolls Royce Sweptail properly insured!

Although car security is always improving, this is a crazy number to contemplate!

One Man You Wouldn’t Steal From

One man whose car you perhaps wouldn’t want to steal is the famous 007. As it turns out, there are also some great perks to playing James Bond. As reward for his efforts playing the famous agent, it’s rumoured that Daniel Craig can pop into the Aston Martin factory whenever he likes and borrow one of the cars.

Even he Gets Stopped at Traffic Lights Though

Even James Bond isn’t immune to traffic lights though. In fact, on average, we spend about five months of our lives stopped at red lights. That’s a lot of time to lose staring at a set of lights.

Congestion Costs a Lot

The US economy loses around $160 billion a year to congestion.

The car might play a big part in our economies, but the structure around them often costs us productivity, putting a big dent in the public finances.

FAQ

When was the car invented?

The modern car dates back to 1886, so it’s been around much longer than people think. Of course, it would have looked quite different, but German inventor, Karl Benz is credited with building the first modern automobile.

What’s the most expensive car in the world?

If you want to buy a road car that can top 300mph then it’s going to set you back. The Chiron Super Sport costs over $3 million but that’s not the most expensive car in the world. The Rolls Royce Sweptail will cost you over $13 million, so have your check book at the ready.

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