Posted on 03-12-2013
Filed Under (News To Amuse) by Chloe Davies

 

Ten Surprising Car Facts You've Probably Never Heard Before

 

10.) The Honda CRV Came With A Picnic Table

 

The first and second generations of Honda’s winsome compact SUV came with a standard flip-out picnic table. For first gens, there was also an optional shower kit for the back, too. Nobody does car features quite like Honda.

 

 


 

Ten Surprising Car Facts You've Probably Never Heard Before

 

9.) The Ford GT Is So Strong That During The “Roof Crush” Test, It Broke The Crushing Machine

 

Alternatively, Ford didn’t have a roof-crushing machine strong enough to crumple even one measly little supercar. We kid, the Ford GT rocks our socks.

 


 

Ten Surprising Car Facts You've Probably Never Heard Before

 

8.) The Last Car With Cassette Player Was Not A Lexus

 

Today, car companies are all switching from CD players to iPod-integrated infotainment systems, but Lexus was a surprising hold out for the tape deck. The Florida retirement home-spec SC430 came with one standard as late as 2010. The very last car to be able to play cassettes was the Ford Crown Vic, which still had an optional player in 2011. For new Lexus and Ford buyers, there’s sadly no more thrashing out to their Dead Kennedys/Black Flag/T.S.O.L. mixtapes anymore.

 

 


 

Ten Surprising Car Facts You've Probably Never Heard Before

 

7.) The Pagani Zonda Shares Its Instrument Panel With A Lancia City Car

 

We all know that Lamborghini Diablos got their headlights from a Nissan 300ZX and the Lotus Esprit got its taillights from the Toyota AE86, but we’d never heard that Pagani got their instrument panel from the city car of choice for broke Italian students and/or grandpas. Pagani is known for their extravagant interiors, so we’re not surprised the company keeps this info on the DL.

 

 


 

Ten Surprising Car Facts You've Probably Never Heard Before

6.) The First Porsche Sedan Was A Studebaker

 

Porsche’s first four-door wasn’t the Panamera, or even their four-door prototype from the ‘90s. Porsche actually built a prototype sedan for Studebaker called the Type 542 back in 1952. It was too weird for production, but hey, it’s still prettier than what Porsche sells today.

 


 

Ten Surprising Car Facts You've Probably Never Heard Before

 

5.) The Austin Maestro Was Different Genders In Different Countries

 

The Austin Maestro was one of the first cars with a talking digital dash. The company had actress Nicolette Mackenzie read out warnings, like low oil pressure or the brakes need servicing. For some markets (like Spain and Germany), Austin-Rover gave the car a male voice, presumably because it didn’t think Germans or Spaniards wanted to take orders from a woman.

 


 

Ten Surprising Car Facts You've Probably Never Heard Before

 

4.) You Can Play Pong With A Saab

 

With all of the computers in cars these days, you’d assume that engineers would sneak some fun hidden-away pieces of code in there. The Swedish nutsos at Saab left us with our new favorite, explains Highball.

 

When using the GM Tech II on a Saab 9-3 SS (I believe this works on 2003-2007 cars) if you go into the Airbag/SRS system submenu, there is a easter egg that allows the tech to play Pong on the Tech II.

 

 


 

Ten Surprising Car Facts You've Probably Never Heard Before

 

3.) The McLaren F1 Gearbox Prototype Used A Chevy V8

 

McLaren needed an engine to test the gearbox for the F1. The motor needed to have enough torque to replicate what they expected from their eventual production unit, so they picked a good ol’ Chevy 454 big block. Fuck yeah!

 


 

Ten Surprising Car Facts You've Probably Never Heard Before

 

2.) If A Car In Malaysia Is Too Successful, Competitors Can Have That Car’s Price Raised

 

America has a fairly open car market, which we can’t quite say about the growing car market in Malaysia, which is dominated by Toyota. BobbyAng points out the country’s strangest automotive regulation.

 

When a certain car is selling too well within a segment in Malaysia, competitors can actually file a complaint to the authorities and the authorities will them hike up the price of that vehicle (forcefully) to ‘level’ competition-ship. Case in point, the Passat CC was given a hike of $10,000 from $80,000 USD to $90,000. And the VW Polo GTI also experienced this, going from $46,000 to $56,000 last year.

 


 

Ten Surprising Car Facts You've Probably Never Heard Before

 

1.) An Egyptian President Helped Build An Arab Car Called The ‘Frisky’

 

There have been all kinds of thoroughly unhinged ideas to develop the Middle East, but one of the most unlikely was a proposed all-Arab automobile, built from a British microcar called the Frisky, as reader His Highness, the most Ramblin of Rovers explains.

 

President Nasser of Egypt once was involved in a plan to create an “All-Arab People’s Car” out of a British microcar called the Frisky.

The deal to recreate it as the “Ramses” fell through, and the Ramses ended up as a disguised NSU. President Kouatly of Syria also had a Frisky.
The owner’s organization estimates only 75 Friskys of all types remain worldwide.

 

Jokes

I was driving with my friend. We come to a red light and he speeds up and whips right through it. I start freaking out “Hey man, your going to get us killed!” He replies “Relax, my brother drives like this.” We come to another red light and he blazes right through. “You’re going to get arrested or get us killed!” “Relax this is how my brother drives.” We come to a green light he stops dead looking both ways. “Dude, it’s green you can go.” “Nah man, my brother might be coming the other way.”

        Driving Pope

The Pope goes to New York, and gets picked up at the airport by a limousine. He looks at the beautiful car and says to the driver, “You know, I hardly ever get to drive. Would you please let me?”

The driver is understandably hesitant and says, “I’m sorry, but I don’t think I’m supposed to do that.”

But the Pope persists, “Please?”

The driver finally lets up, “Oh, alright, I can’t really say no to the Pope.”

So the Pope takes the wheel, and boy, is he a speed demon! He hits the gas and goes around 100 mph in a 45 zone. A policeman notices and pulls him over. The cop walks up and asks the Pope to wind the window down. Startled and surprised, the young officer asks the Pope to wait a minute. He goes back to his patrol car and radios the chief.

Cop: Chief, I have a problem.

Chief: What sort of problem?

Cop: Well, you see, I pulled over this guy for driving way over the speed limit, but it’s someone really important.

Chief: Important like the mayor?

Cop: No, no, much more important than that.

Chief: Important like the governor?

Cop: Way more important than that.

Chief: Like the president?

Cop: Much more important.

Chief: “Who’s more important than the president?”

Cop: “I don’t know but he has the Pope DRIVING for him!”

What’s the difference between a grandfather clock and a BMW E36 after an autocross? The grandfather clock doesn’t tell you the taillights are broken.

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