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10 Fascinating Facts About Porsche

on Saturday, 03 November 2018.

  1. Ferdinand Porsche, the eponymous founder of the company, made the world’s first hybrid electric vehicle…in 1899.

The Lohner-Porsche “Semper Vivus” was essentially an electric car with an internal combustion motor used as a generator. It was also the first car with brakes on all four wheels.

  1. He was also one of the very first to prove that smaller cars could be faster in a race than larger, more powerful vehicles.

He developed “Sascha” for Austro-Daimler at the request of a rich filmmaker named...Sascha. It was significantly smaller than its competition, yet still won 43 races, including the legendary Targa Florio in 1922.

  1. Later, he designed the legendary Auto Union grand prix cars that dominated the world.

The Auto Union P (for Porsche) featured a (then revolutionary) mid-mounted 16 cylinder engine. With drivers like Hans Stuck and Tazio Nuvolari—two of the best of their generation—behind the wheel, it was virtually unbeatable.

  1. The very first VW Beetle was built in Ferdinand’s private villa.

Not a bad place.

  1. Ferdinand designed the Mercedes-Benz type 80 to be the fastest car on Earth.

In 1939, the car’s projected top speed of 470 mph would’ve obliterated the land speed record. Certain global events meant it never got the chance to make a record run. The 470 mph mark wasn’t approached until a quarter century later.

  1. Ferdinand Porsche developed a four wheel-drive Formula One car.

The Porsche 360 Cisitalia had 385 hp and could top 200 mph, but because of the owner’s lack of funding and a change to the rules, it never actually raced.

  1. The prancing horse on the Porsche Crest is similar to the horse on the Ferrari Crest.

For Porsche, it makes sense: it’s actually integral to the coat of arms for the city of Stuttgart, Porsche’s home. Ferrari only uses it because an Italian fighter ace shot down a pilot over Stuttgart in WWI, and the ace’s mother told Ferrari to use the horse as good luck.

  1. The very first road going sports car made by Porsche was mid-engined.

Everyone thinks of the Porsche 356 as a rear-engined car—and most were—but the first prototype, 356/1, had the engine behind the driver but in front of the rear axle for better balance. It also won its very first race, a hillclimb event in Innsbruck

  1. For two years, all 356 models were built in an old sawmill in Gmund, Austria.

They were also better, since they were made with aluminum bodies instead of the steel bodies the later German cars had, and were thus much lighter.

  1. The Dutch Police used to drive the Porsche 356.

Porsche built 10 of them a full year after production had officially stopped, just for the Dutch. Rumor has it that the one you’re looking at belongs to one Jerry Seinfeld.

 

 

 

 

10 Interesting Car Facts

on Thursday, 25 October 2018.

1. The world’s first speeding ticket was issued in 1902
How fast was the offending motorist travelling? A scandalous 45mph.
 
2. 1 in 4 cars on the UK’s road were made in China
Which is a lot, given that there are around 35 million cars in the UK.
 
3. A modern Formula 1 car can drive upside down in a tunnel at 120mph
F1 cars produce around 3.5G while cornering, meaning they’ve enough aerodynamic downforce to drive upside down in a tunnel.
 
4. 60 million cars are produced every year
That’s 165,000 a day, 6,875 an hour and 115 a minute — crazy right?
 
5. 1 billion cars are currently in use around the world
Compared to the world’s population, that’s around one car for every seven people on Earth. Amazing.
 
6. The average British driver will spend around 99 days of their life stuck in traffic
Sorry to be depressing, but it’s true. Our advice is to try not to think about it.
 
7. It would take less than a month to get to the moon by car
That’s right — drive straight up at an average of 60mph, and you could get to the moon in under a month.
 
8. The average car contains over 30,000 unique parts
When you think about it, it’s a miracle they don’t break down more often.
 
9. 75% of all cars produced by Rolls Royce are still on the road
It seems Rolls Royce owners really love their cars.
 
10. Volkswagen owns twelve well-known car brands from 7 European countries
Including Volkswagen Passenger Cars, Audi, Seat, Skoda, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ducati, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, Scania and MAN.
 

New App Lets Folks Tattle on Naughty Texters

on Friday, 19 October 2018.

Let's get it out of the way—texting and driving is bad. At Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA we are fairly confident that accidents caused by texting happen often here in Silicon Valley. Texting has become so bad, in fact, that a new startup is encouraging those on the road around you to pick up their phones, assuming they're a passenger, and submit a short video clip of your wrongdoings to it for cash.

Text to Ticket is a newer startup based out of San Francisco, California. It was formed when a group of friends were crossing the street and were nearly hit by a car who was distracted by their phone and nearly ended their life. After several days of debate, the group decided to build a platform to help protect other individuals from cars on the road.

Its goal is to simply cut down on tasks that constitute "distracted driving", mainly (but definitely not limited to) texting while driving, by the use of a new mobile app that earns everyone involved—except for the distracted driver—a little bit of cash. The entire idea of the platform revolves around other people on the road using the app while in the passenger seat of a moving vehicle. The user captures a short video of the distracted driver and uploads it to Text to Ticket, the video is reviewed and submitted to police, and then the user receives a monetary reward for ousting the offender.

There are a few stipulations to the video which is submitted in order for the user to get paid. First, the driver must clearly be using their cell phone, so both the driver and the phone would have to be clearly shown. Next, the car's license plate would also have to be captured without cutting from the first clip. This is to ensure that someone doesn't take a video of an individual and falsely stitch together another clip of a different car. The location, speed, and distance recorded, are all included in the information gathered by the app and bundled into report sent to Text to Ticket. Lastly, the video is then reviewed by a panel to ensure it is admissible to law enforcement based on the standards the company sets forth.

Once the video is approved, the user is paid $5 by Text to Ticket. But where does the organization get the money to pay you? The company works closely with law enforcement across the country. A police officer will review and approve the footage, then issue a citation to the registered owner of the car. It seems that the company will receive a referral payment for the video, and then will pass a bit of the cash onto the user for capturing it—all at the expense of the driver.

It's important to note that a lot of questions and concerns arise from this model. Ethics aside, the state must also agree to work with the agency by proxy. Much like how a defendant can't face their accuser when a speed camera takes a photo of their car speeding down the road, the driver of the car in the video won't be summoning you into court. The company states that the officer who issues the citation would be responsible for fighting the ticket based on the evidence that he or she reviewed. The platform also explicitly prohibits drivers from filming, likely to circumvent distracted driving or a potential lawsuit. But when filming a potential violation turns into road rage or an accident, it's not far-fetched to predict a lawsuit to be brought to someone's table.

Steve McQueen's Bulitt Mustang Reappears

on Tuesday, 09 October 2018.

Five decades ago after it tore through the streets of San Francisco in one of film's greatest ever car chases, Steve McQueen's original 1968 Highland Green Ford Mustang Fastback from Bulitt has reappeared in unlikely circumstances.

Believed to be lost to either time or the scrap heap, the car was actually bought by Robert Kiernan, a New Jersey insurance executive and Mustang fan, who, in 1974, paid $6,000 (about $30,000 in today's money) for a car that his wife used as a daily driver for years.

According to Vanity Fair, the Kiernan family added more than 30,000 miles to the car's odometer, before mechanical issues and wear and tear forced it into storage in the early Eighties.

McQueen was said to be so enamored with the model that he repeatedly tried to buy it back from the family, but to no avail.

According to Robert Kiernan's son, Sean, McQueen contacted his father in 1977 in the hopes that he could force a sale. "Dad had owned the car for three years at that point", Sean told VF. "And he got a phone call from Steve asking about the car, how it was, if he’d changed anything on it. And McQueen said, 'I would really like to buy it if there’s not too much involved with it. I’ll replace it with a similar, like kind of car. As long it’s not a crazy amount of money', but dad declined. He said, 'Thanks, but no thanks.'

And that, as they say, was that. Robert Kiernan died in 2014 and McQueen never did get his Mustang, but the story does have a happy ending.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Bulitt Mustang, Ford unveiled a special, 2018 edition of the car, complete with original paint job. Sean Kiernan even presented the car alongside McQueen's granddaughter, Molly McQueen at the Detroit Motorshow.

About Anderson Behel

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop be certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop and most recently a Porsche Collision Center. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche Acura, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on these 5 leading brands.

Source: Vanity and SF Gate

Be Safe on Halloween with these Helpful Tips

on Monday, 01 October 2018.


Make sure your children have a truly happy Halloween with these easy Halloween safety tips from all of us at Anderson Behel in Santa Clara, CA 

While Halloween is all about candy, costumes, and fun, Halloween can also bring its own set of dangers.   Make sure your child has the best Halloween possible by taking the necessary safety precautions.  Read on to learn the most important Halloween safety tips for your child.

Trick-or-Treating Safety
One of the most important things to remember is to never let your child trick-or-treat alone.  Accompany younger kids on their quest for candy and make sure older kids go out with a group of friends you know and trust.  Additionally, ask your child to stay in familiar neighborhoods and remind him or her that they should never enter someone’s home or accept a ride from a stranger.  Warn your child against taking shortcuts through backyards, alleys, or parks and make sure they know not to dart out into traffic.  Finally, make sure your child carries a phone with them so they can maintain contact or dial emergency services if necessary.

Candy Safety
Once your child returns from trick-or-treating, take the time to inspect their candy haul before they dig in.  Look for any unwrapped, unlabeled, or homemade treats and discard them.  Additionally, throw away any other goodies that strike you as suspicious.  You should also attempt to limit your child’s candy intake.  Though your kid may protest, do what you need to in order to avoid any unnecessary tummy aches.

Safety doesn’t need to take the fun out of Halloween.  Follow these easy Halloween safety tips to make sure your child has a great time all Halloween long.  Remember, another great way to keep all your loved ones safe this Halloween is to make sure they have the right insurance coverage.  

About Anderson Behel 

With today’s sophisticated cars, it’s more important than ever that your body shop be certified to repair your type of vehicle. At Anderson Behel, Silicon Valley’s leading collision repair company, we’re proud to hold several certifications, which means we’re a Honda Certified Body Shop, Acura Authorized Body Shop, Nissan Authorized Body Shop, Subaru Auto Body Shop and most recently a Porsche Collision Center. What does this mean? At Anderson Behel, we’ve invested in the finest training, equipment and tools to do an O.E. repair on each and every Honda, Porsche Acura, Nissan and Subaru that comes into our shop. Why not work with a body shop that is qualified, experienced and certified by the carmaker itself to work on your car? It just makes good sense and that’s why we proudly tell the world that we’re certified on these 5 leading brands.

 

Source: SaveKids.com and NHTSA 

How to Drive Safely During the Rainy Season

on Thursday, 20 September 2018.

The rain is coming down hard and even though your windshield wipers are on high, you can't see! It's a scary moment and anyone who has been driving for any period of time has encountered this scenario more than once. At Anderson Behel, we see many accidents in Santa Clara, CA caused by extreme rain and people driving recklessly, so here are some helpful tips to consider.

In addition to the limited visibility that comes with heavy rain storms, drivers need to be careful to protect themselves against serious factors things like hydroplaning.  Hydroplaning can occur when a vehicle is traveling at an unsafe rate in serious rain conditions, causing the car's tires to glide on a thin layer of water as opposed to adhering to the surface of the road or highway. Every time this takes place, it puts you in a perilous space, because hydroplaning will instantaneously make steering and braking exceedingly difficult and could even lead to you losing complete control of your vehicle.

 Follow these directives to stay safe and in one piece while driving in intense rain:

  1. Slow Down...Now: Driving at a slow speed is the ideal way to keep your car from hydroplaning. When it comes to hydroplaning, speed is your #1 enemy, so take your foot off the gas a little bit to keep four tires on the road. Also keep in mind that one of the most hazardous times to drive is immediately after it begins to rain, as oil on the road make for slick conditions. If you can avoid rushing to your destination while it's raining, you will get there without drama--safe and hopefully dry.
  2. Keep Your Lights On: Illuminate your headlights on to enable other vehicles see you more clearly. Most states mandate the use of headlights during rain and in broad daylight as well. It's a smart thing to do, because it is likely that if you're having issues seeing, other drivers are experiencing the same problem.
  3. Give Other Cars Some Space: Add a few yards between your car and never tailgate in the rain, which gives you and the vehicles in front and behind you ample time to react to traffic in time. It seems like a very dangerous move, but people tailgate in heavy rain all the time with dire results.

In conclusion, take a deep breath and drive prudently and you will be all right. Put simply, don't speed or tailgate ever and especially never in the rain and you will make it through to the next storm!

Sources: AARP, DMV.org and Yahoo

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