Vehicles we drive are extremely important to us as we use them every day for all kinds of things. We name them, clean them, maintain them and make memories. But how much do we know about their heritage and background?
To tackle that, we thought we would take a dive into our archives and pulled out our favourite fun facts about the Volkswagon group to showcase its rich heritage!
- Porsche was amongst one of the first to design and build an electric car. Discovered in a private Austrian barn, the Porsche P1 is an electric wagon built in 1898. The car weighed 2,977lb and can drive 49 miles on a charge comparable to today’s modern electric cars. The P1 (officially the 1898 Egger-Lohner C.2Phaeton) has now been added to the displays within the Porsche Museum in Stuttgart.
- The Bugatti Veyron’s chief designer was Hartmut Warkuss of Volkswagon. The hypercar was named car of the decade for 2000 to 2010. It had a top speed of 253mph until that was surpassed by the Super Sport. The Veyron Super Sport holds the current world record for the fastest street-legal production car in the world with a whopping top speed of 267.8mph. Bugatti still continues to push the boundaries of super and hypercar design with the recent release of the Chiron and the announcement of the Bugatti Devo.
- On April 29th 2000, 25 people in Austria broke the Guinness World Record for the most amount of people crammed into a new VW Beetle. Fast forward 10 years later to Lexington, Kentucky where 20 students for Arsbury University bundled in a 1964 Beetle creating a brand-new world record. It just goes to show how much space both versions of the iconic VW car has.
- While vehicles are at the core of the Volkswagon business, did you know that every year 7 million currywurst sausages on average are produced and sold worldwide? Branded as Volkswagon Originalteil (Volkswagon Original Parts), the pork sausages are sold in over 11 countries along with the spicy curry ketchup. There are two different lengths (the largest is 10 inches) and there is even a vegetarian version of the popular snack to ensure everyone can enjoy the treat that is currywurst.
- In 2010, a modified 1988 VW Scirocco broke the Guinness World Record for the longest journey undertaken by a coffee-powered car. The vehicle drove 337km from London to Manchester and could reach a reported 60mph. On average the car consumed the equivalent of 56 espressos for every mile it travelled. That is a lot of coffee and something to think about the next time you have coffee in the office or at home.
- VW has a long-standing history of producing reliable cars that people want to buy and drive. In the worldwide top 10 of cars sold to date, the Passat, original Beetle and the VW Golf all feature. Only Ford has as many vehicles in the top 10. The Passat and the Golf have sold over a combined 45 million vehicles so far and with newer models, they continue to capture people’s hearts across the world.
So next time the vehicles category come up in a quiz, you be able to use these facts to score some extra points and show off your awesome vehicle knowledge. Or at the very least you will have some fun facts to talk about with our friendly sales team the next time your pop in to have a chat.