Revolutionary Cars That Changed the World
Revolutionary Cars That Changed the World
The amazing world of automobiles was born 133 years ago when Karl Benz developed the first production vehicle powered by gasoline. Later on, Ford Motor Company created the Model T that went on to become the first mass-produced automobile in 1908 with over 15,000,000 units. Now if we look back at the century, we can see that the history of the automobile is rich and profound. It was one invention that moved billions of people around the world and changed the face of the earth.
There were numerous types of car models that have been built over the decades, but very few had the power to influence the world and survived the test of time. These are the cars that have made a place in the hearts of the people and make one wonder in awe and admiration. Now let’s meet those wonderful cars that revolutionized the World automotive landscape.
For being the Peoples Car
The Volkswagen Beetle was developed in the 1930s as a result of Adolf Hitler’s vision for people’s car. It grew in popularity by the 1950s becoming a worldwide phenomenon and there was no looking back for this Bug ever since. The VW Beetle manifested comfort, affordability, and reliability for generations. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that in many ways it reminded of the Ford Model T in the 1950s. The success of this simple yet iconic car led many contemporary cars manufactures to change their approach toward building their cars and even get inspired by the Bug.
Lamborghini Miura is the first sports car to feature a mid-engine with rear wheel drive. The supercars we see today follows the tracks of Miura, which set a golden layout for all future supercars. It also proved that cars are not just about performance and speed with its beautifully designed body showing that a car wasn’t only for transport- it could be a desired possession too.
For beating Ferrari with muscle
After Enzo prevented an opportunity for Ford to own Ferrari, Henry Ford II requested his racing team to construct a car that could defeat the Italians at Le Mans. In 1966 he achieved his dream when three GT40s won the race in the top three… in 1st, 2nd and 3rd.
For Redefining SUV
Range Rover is the ultimate name when it comes to SUV. Before that, anything with wheels that could go off-road was considered an SUV.
As far as influence, there had been no SUV of more noteworthy importance since the first Land Rover. The Range Rover demonstrated that in addition to the fact that it was credible to be thriving in mud, snow and sand, and also keep the travellers wrapped in comfort and luxury.
Pontiac Trans Am (K.I.T.T)
For being a beacon of future car concepts.
The Knight Industries 2000, or famously recognized as the K.I.T.T, is a robotized AI controlled fictional car. Its engine core is a turbojet built by Knight Industries. The body is constructed using a sub-atomic reinforced shell and pyroclastic shield which made it indestructible. It was the fastest, strongest, and the safest car on the planet. Leaving out of the fiction, the car was a Pontiac Trans Am. The red scanner and the computerized dashboard with numerous cool accessories still remain afresh in the minds of fans. What truly is astounding is the way that the car was light years ahead of its time. Truth be told it was the most aerodynamic auto tested by GM. Today we have seen the technology of self-driving cars, digital dashboard, and displays as standard.
For being the Concorde of cars
Was a car that can cruise at 400+ km/h might sound like an overkill or unnecessary? Absolutely not, like the moon landings, Bugatti Veyron was not created to meet practical demands. It was to show what mankind can do by going the extreme and breaking records. The Veyron had a 1,200 hp, W12 engine and can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.5 seconds with a top speed of 415 km/h. It also motivated other supercar makers to build similar cars with extreme top speed.
Tesla Model S
Tesla’s Model S has surprised the automobile world like no others for the past 10 years. It re-imagined what electric cars are and developed the idea of electric fueled cars from thoughts to a reality. It came when petroleum costs and pollution were surging and became the talk of the world. Model S became popular with its following with its practicality, comfort, richness, and the incredible acceleration that can even beat supercars reaching 0-100km/h in a blistering 2.5 seconds. It tackled the drivable range issue with electric cars and demonstrated that electric autos can be driven for miles. Electric cars remained in the lower priority of the car business, taunted for their strange appearance, frail performance and range. Then came the Tesla S. It has authoritatively changed what people think of electric cars and has figured out how to move the worldview around non-renewable energy source by making electric an effective alternative fuel. This will also benefit the environment with its near to zero emissions.
For being the fastest car
Thrust SSC (Super Sonic Car) is the most powerful, most extraordinary car ever designed to push the Land Speed Record, and as its name indicates, is the first car to breach the sound barrier. The car weighs 10 tonnes and accelerates from a standstill position to 161 km/h in 4 seconds, 0-1000 km/h in 16 seconds. Thrust SSC holds the world land speed record, set on 15 October 1997, when it reached a speed of 1,228 km/h (763 mph).
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