Crazy and Amazing Facts About Motors

Here are just a few cool (and quite often crazy) car facts to brighten your entire day. You may have been aware of some of them before, and then again maybe you haven’t. Either way it will make you think next time you pop into dodge san juan capistrano or similar.

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• Americans spend an average of 38 hours stuck in traffic annually. Taking this and running with it a little bit (and doing a bit of math) you will discover that by the time you reach your 60th birthday the chances are you’ll have spent around 95 days of it stuck in traffic. This figure assumes that things won’t get any worse in the future. And there was I praoclaiming that these facts would help to brighten your entire day.

• Rolls Royce have a reputation for building quality, dependable motors which are made to last . . . and they fully deserve that reputation too. It’s estimated that 75% of your cars they have ever made will still be used on the roads. That really is a proof of the quality of their motors don’t you think?

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• It takes around 30,000 parts to make an average road car. There’s little wonder that so many old school auto repair men scratch their heads in wonder nowadays. Their life has sure got complicated over the last few years.

• You know that "new car" smell that is so unmistakable when you sit in a brand new motor? Well, that smell is a variety of more than 50 volatile organic compounds. Yes, they put it there on purpose.

• Sports cars are the most likely to be stolen . . . or could they be? Well, if you think what you see in the movies you’d certainly think so. The cars which are most often targeted by thieves are the ones which are most commonly found on the roads. That's the truth. We’re talking more Honda Accord than Ferrari. That’s because they cars are not stolen to get sold on but to be broken up to sell on their spare parts.

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• Can an automobile really drive upside down? Even if this may seem ridiculous (has anyone seen "The Italian Job 2003") it really is absolutely possible for a car to operate upside down - it’s all down (or up) to science. Race cars like those used in Formula One racing have inverted wings which try to generate down-force, pushing the cars in the ground. To be able to drive upside-down a racing car will need to generate down-force which was more than the weight from the actual car.

• Wouldn’t it be great to win a new car on the game show? Well, yes and no. Anybody who wins a "free" car will still have to pay sales tax which can be pretty expensive in certain states. This came to light in a 2004 episode of your Oprah Winfrey Show when every member of the target audience received a whole new car worth a staggering $28,500. Unfortunately each "winner" have also been left by using a $6,000 tax bill to pay for.

Before taking advantage of all of the spare military equipment which was left lying around afterwards and converting it into tractors, • Ferruccio Lamborghini was a WWII mechanic in the Italian Air Force. The entrepreneur made his fortune which enabled him to follow his first passion - sports cars.

Lamborghini photo at LamboCARS.com

Even when you knew some of those crazy facts I feel sure that a few of them will have taken you by surprise. I’ll tell you what else will take you by surprise, the brilliant range of motors at www.ocauto.com.