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TEN SURPRISING CAR FACTS YOU'VE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD BEFORE

CATEGORY:  [INFORMATIVE]  |  TAGS:  [news]

Apr
01
2016

 

 

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.

 

 

 

9. The Ford GT Is So Strong That During The "Roof Crush" Test, It Broker The Crushing Machine

Alternatively, Ford didn't have a roof-crushing machine strong enough to crumple even one measly little supercar. 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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. 

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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