Fun Facts Thursday
By: Luke Shaff ~
The world record for removing and replacing a car engine is 42 seconds. This record was set by mechanics working on a Ford Escort on 21 November, 1985.
The man who invented cruise control was blind. His name was Ralph Teetor, and he was inspired to invent cruise control by his lawyer, who was apparently a very poor driver.
Volkswagen owns twelve well-known car brands from 7 European countries; Including Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commerical Vehicles, Scania and MAN.
It was once against the law to slam your car door in a city in Switzerland. Technically speaking, it is still against the law to slam your door, as the law forbids making “unnecessarily loud and disruptive noise” between the hours of 11pm and 6am.
The average car contains over 30,000 unique parts. When you think about it, it’s a miracle they don’t break down more often.
Henry Ford came up with the phrase “tune-up” when he was working on his first automobile prototype. The first ignition system was made up of spark plugs and ignition coils. As these coils worked they would emit a buzzing sound, and if they were all working together correctly they would all buzz at the same level and be “in tune.” If they weren’t working together, this meant the vehicle wasn’t running it’s best, and these coils needed to be adjusted – or tuned-up – to make the car run better. Today we still use the phrase “tune-up” for auto maintenance services that can help improve a car’s engine performance.