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  • There are 30.5 million cars currently in use on UK roads.
  • The average car has 30,000 parts.
  • More than 8 million parking tickets were issued in Britain last year. But if you do get a ticket, it pays to contest it. An impressive 60 per cent of appeals that end up in Traffic Penalty Tribunal are successful.
  • The first 'true gasoline automobile' was built in 1885 by German patent Karl Friedrich Benz. It was powered by an internal combustion engine: three wheeled, four cycle, engine and chassis form a single unit.
  • The man who invented Cruise Control was blind. In 1945, after ten years of research and development, Ralph Teetor eventually filled a patent for the speed control device. Cruise Control was first commercially used by Chrysler in 1958.
  • The fastest production car in the world is actually the Hennessey Venom GT. Although many are led to believe the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport, with its top speed of 268mph is the fastest, the Hennessey Venom GT can achieve a speed of 270mph. The only reason it hasn’t claimed the world record is because it didn’t adhere to proper test conditions as it failed to complete a sprint test in both directions to compensate for the wind.

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