5 Motoring Facts You Won't Believe are True
Cars have done some remarkable things since the 1800s, some leave you scratching your head in disbelief! Some are just outright weird...
Cars have done some remarkable things since the 1800s, some leave you scratching your head in disbelief! Try and believe these motoring facts as they're just remarkable...
1: At one point, crash test dummies were, in fact, real people.
Not too long ago, footage showing real people acting as crash test dummies found it's way onto the internet - the footage was believed to be from the 70s.
Cars were driven by people onto icy roads, into other cars and even slamming into trees! One seemed to show a car ploughing into two stationary vehicles on a track. Ouch.
Perhaps even more unbelievably, none of the drivers appeared to be seriously harmed - despite the vehicles mostly appearing to be written off. We're glad things are different now and HR seem to be much more comfortable with the testing standards of today...
2: The suspension on a Citroen saved Charles de Gaulle's life.
On the evening of August 22 1962, a dozen gunmen opened fire on De Gaulle and his wife as they were travelling at speed down Avenue de la Liberation in Paris in the back seat of a black Citroen DS 19.
A hail of 140 bullets killed two of the president’s motorcycle bodyguards, shattered the car’s rear window and blew out at least two of its tyres. Although the Citroen went into a front-wheel skid, De Gaulle’s chauffeur was able to accelerate out of the skid and drive to safety – and it was all thanks to the car’s hydraulic suspension system.
Amazingly, De Gaulle and his wife escaped from the ordeal unharmed.
3: The roof of a Ford was so strong it broke the crushing machine.
During a roof crush test, the material on a Ford GT proved so strong that the machine was unable to squash the roof. In fact, it ended up breaking the very machine designed to crush it!
The car, a 2005-06 model, had been constructed with a superplastic-formed frame and aluminium body panels – which is why it was super-strong.
There are some suggestions that the crushing machine used wasn’t up to standards, but we’d still like to believe the Ford’s superpowers had something to do with it!
4: The world record speeding fine ever issued is €650,000.
In 2010, a Swedish Gentleman was clocked travelling at 180mph through Switzerland back in 2010.
Fines in Switzerland are calculated using the driver's income plus the speed of the car, resulting in a fine equivalent today of £573,000. Ouch.
The Gentleman had his £140,000 Mercedes SLS AMG impounded and his licence confiscated. Let's be fair he can't really complain at that...
5: Driving a dirty car is illegal in Russia
You might well be wondering how on earth it’s feasible to always have a clean car but, in reality, the rule is perhaps not as harsh as it first sounds.
You usually only have to pay a fine if your car’s registration plate is so dirty it’s illegible. Fines for this offence range from 800 roubles (£10) to 2,000 roubles (£23).
Maybe moving to Russia and opening a car washing business doesn't sound like too bad of an idea!