Cars - we all love and hate them sometimes. With almost everyone having one or at least being a passenger, interesting stories and facts are bound to happen. Furthermore, the love of some car enthusiasts pushes them to invent new things like the people at Koenigsegg, famous for the world's wildest and fastest cars. If you want to learn a few interesting facts about cars, continue reading because we will share five of them below!
1. The first car accident occurred in 1891
The first recorded car accident in history happened in Ohio, USA, in 1891. James William Lambert was driving his single-cylinder gasoline engine car with his friend James Swoveland when he hit a tree root and lost control of the vehicle. The car crashed into a hitching post, injuring both men. Inspired by that accident, Lambert later patented over 600 inventions related to automobiles!
2. The world’s most expensive car is worth $19 million
One of the world’s most expensive cars is the Bugatti La Voiture Noire, which was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show in 2019. The car is a one-off creation that pays homage to the legendary Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic from the 1930s. The car features a carbon fiber body, a quad-turbocharged 8-liter W16 engine that produces 1,500 horsepower, and a luxurious interior with leather and wood accents. The car was sold to an anonymous buyer for a whopping $19 million, making it the most expensive new car ever sold.
3. The one-to-one ration car - Weight to Power
The Koenigsegg One:1 is a hypercar produced by Swedish manufacturer Koenigsegg. It is named after its power-to-weight ratio of one megawatt (1,360 PS) per one tonne (1,360 kg) of mass, making it the world’s first “mega car”. The car was unveiled at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show and only six units were produced, plus one prototype. It sports a 5.0L twin-turbocharged V8 which is light and contributes to this amazing one-to-one ratio. It goes from 0 to 400 km/h (248.548) in only 20 seconds!
4. The world’s first speeding ticket
The world’s first speeding ticket was issued in Dayton, Ohio, USA, in 1902. Harry Myers was driving his electric car at a speed of 12 mph on West Third Street, which had a speed limit of 8 mph. He was stopped by a police officer on a bicycle and fined $10 for his offense.
5. The world’s longest traffic jam lasted for 12 days
The world’s longest traffic jam occurred in China in August 2010. A combination of road construction, accidents, breakdowns, and heavy traffic caused a massive gridlock on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway that stretched for over 60 miles and lasted for 12 days. Some drivers were stuck for up to five days and had to rely on local villagers for food and water. The traffic jam finally cleared up when authorities intervened and diverted traffic to alternative routes.
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