Saab Pong and Car Zombies: 10 Facts You Need to Know, NOW
Posted on: July 1, 2013
1. The beautiful white Saab 9-5 featured as our Facebook photo runs on a 2.0T BioPower engine, which pumps out 220hp. But did you know that in reality Matt's 9-5 has the power of about 314 horses? It's true. The average horse can only pull about 70% of the measure of one horsepower unit. Knowing that, how many horsepower does the Budweiser Clydesdale wagon have?
2. The first speeding ticket was issued in 1902. The cop was being a jerk that day, too.
3. 14 years later in 1916, 55% of the world's cars were Model T Fords, a record that has never been broken. Nor will it, unless during the zombie apocalypse the undead develop a taste for steel and eat every car on the planet except for VW Rabbits, which will be confused for actual rabbits. Stupid steel-eating zombies.
4. Doc Brown's time-traveling DeLorean was almost a refrigerator. In the original story, director Robert Zemeckis envisioned a refrigerator that needed the power of an atomic explosion at the Nevada nuclear test site to time travel. Zemeckis was "concerned that kids would accidentally lock themselves in refrigerators", and realized it would be more convenient if the time machine were mobile. Steven Spielberg, a producer on the movie, later used a very similar concept in Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. In the fourth Indy movie, Dr. Jones hides in a refrigerator and survives a nuclear blast at the same Nevada test site, although I still don't acknowledge that movie was technically ever made.
5. Another Hollywood auto-factoid: K.I.T.T., or Knight Industries Two Thousand, the 1982 Pontiac trans Am from the (awesome) television series Knight Rider, was voiced by William Daniels. William Daniels went on to play George Feeny in the television series Boy Meets World, a show that is about to get a spinoff called Girl Meets World. Daniels is expected to reprise his role for the new series, a chance he never got with the previous Knight Rider spinoffs and sequels. I guess the takeaway from fact #5 is that I liked both Knight Rider and Boy Meets World.
6. Most American car horns beep in the key of F, no doubt a musically inclined engineer's off-color joke to the country.
7. Gas is cheap! In Connecticut, home of eEuroparts, a gallon of gas is averaging $3.71, down from $3.74 a week ago. Last week Starbucks increased prices by an average of 1% across U.S. stores, so a tall coffee now costs about $1.85. If you had to fill your tank with Starbucks coffee, a gallon would run you almost $20, or more than five times what gas actually costs! So the next time you spend $70 at the pump, be grateful cars don't run on coffee. Or gold. Gold would be worse.
8. Here's another life-altering tip. The average human being spends two weeks of their life waiting for traffic lights to change. Next time you're fuming at the red light in front of you, just think of it as part of a two week long vacation from your problems. Problem solved!
9. CD players in cars are almost a thing of the past, but Ford offered a cassette player in the Crown Vic until 2011. 2011!! For reference, Apple released the first iPod in 2001, and Sony debuted the CD player in 1982. Music cassettes hit the U.S. in 1966. 55 years...now that's an impressive run.
10. If you go into the Airbag/SRS system submenu when using the GM Tech II on a Saab 9-3 SS (I believe this works on 2003-2007 cars), there is an Easter egg that allows you to play Pong on the Tech II. Gotta love Saab.
About the Author: Jordan DeMarco
Jordan DeMarco is the Marketing Manager for eEuroparts.com. It's his job to make sure everyone in the world knows that eEuroparts is the best source for genuine and aftermarket European auto parts, and he truly does love his job. Jordan's favorite car is the Back to the Future DeLorean even if it isn't technically a real car. It does use a Volvo engine though. Jordan also has a degree in creative writing so he enjoys the opportunity to write interesting and occasionally silly stuff for the eEuroparts.com blog.
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