Do You Know All Of These Motoring World Records?

Steven Symes

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About This Quiz

Do you read Guinness World Record results religiously? Are you always taking note of the latest motoring records being set? 

World records have a certain allure, both for those who strive to set them, and people who like to watch the attempts or read up on them. Being the first to do something, or edging out a previous record to set a new one can be exhilarating, almost like beating an opponent in a flat-out race around a track. We usually hear about the successful attempts, but remember there are just as many, if not more, attempts that fall short.  

Of course, there are the more traditional records, like the fastest-accelerating production car, lap records for famous laps, and the most horsepower produced by a production engine, to name a few. Those are fun and interesting to follow, and sometimes the successful attempts make their way into mainstream news. But if that's all you're sticking to, you're definitely missing out. There are plenty of records relating to vehicles, including some that are just plain strange, like eating a certain amount of cheese while under a car. 

Test your knowledge of the many motoring world records by taking this quiz right now! 

What car company set a production car top speed record in November of 2017?

A Koenigsegg Agera RS hit 277.9 mph, blowing away the previous record using a 5.0-liter V-8 engine pushing more than 1,300 horsepower.

What SUV pulled a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to set an electrified towing record?

While this wasn't a record for production SUVs, the fact the Tesla pulled such a large plane 987 feet was still a big deal.

What was the reaction of the previous record holder for the most cars sold in a year when a new record was set?

Joe Girard set the previous record in 1973 at 1,425 units sold, but Ali Reda broke that with 1,530 units sold in 2017. Girard seemed to think there was some trickery in this feat.

What car set the land speed record in 1997?

Andy Green piloted Thrust SSC in the Black Rock Desert to a speed of 763.035 mph, according to Guinness World Records.

What brand set the hybrid car acceleration world record in 2011?

An Infiniti M35h accelerated from 0-62 mph in 5.5 seconds, which was good enough for a Guinness World Record at the time.

What was the cheapest new car ever sold?

Briggs Stratton Co. sold the 1922 Red Bug for $125 to $150. It weighed a mere 245 pounds and the wheelbase was only 62 inches long.

What Guinness World Record does Michele Pilia hold?

O February 26, 2009, Pilia drove a car 230.57 miles on just two wheels, which required some modifications to the car.

What automaker holds the record for world's largest billboard?

Ford plastered the side of the Edificio Espana in Madrid, Spain, with a 5,265 square meter billboard advertising the new EcoSport SUV. It got some attention for the stunt.

What famous event has the official record of the most participants in a car race?

On September 13, 2014, John Lamm organized this race at Thunderhill Raceway Park with 216 cars participating.

What British car set a lap record on the world's longest ice track?

Not only did the Jag make it around the track in a record-setting 3:03.00, it beat Olympic speed skater Shaolin Sandor Liu around the track by more than a minute.

How many people fit in a new VW Beetle to set the record?

In April of 2000, a group of 25 crammed into a new Beetle in Kremser, Austria, setting a record that still stands.

What's the current record for the most cars performing donuts simultaneously?

The Latvian Drift Association set this record in 2012 using the Bikernieki Sports Complex.

What's the record number of questions asked by a driver through a drive-through intercom?

Mel Sampson, a Canadian radio DJ with 89.3 K-Rock, was the person who set this record. She did it in Nova Scotia, where drive-through workers are obviously quite patient.

How many cars participated in what's officially the largest synchronized car dance?

The Dubai Police organized the event, which was confirmed by Guinness World Records to be the largest ever conducted.

What's the top speed of the fastest bumper car in the world?

Guinness World Records confirmed that a 600 cc bumper car built by a British team set the official record in 2017.

What's the standing record for the longest wheelie?

Canadian Mike Kunz used a Chrysler PT Cruiser that was heavily modified to pull off this feat in 2015.

Who holds​ the record for the most Furbys driven in a car at once?

The YouTube star was able to cram 132 Furbys into a car and drive, apparently without going insane.

What brand of vehicle was used to set the longest test drive relay record?

Kia Motors South Africa used a new Sportage and 520 test drivers to log 3,291 kilometers for a test drive unlike any other.

What's the longest time on record for someone to be driving in the same roundabout?

Oran Sands set this record in 2015, going continuously around for 65.21 miles. He recorded the trip and logged it using GPS for verification.

How many car brands did a 2 and a half-year-old​ identify to set the record?

Ronit M., who lives in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India, was able to successfully identify 20 vehicle brands by looking at pictures of cars.

What's the current record for the most people inside a minivan at the same time?

A group called Jump Out La Salle, which is based in La Salle, Manitoba, Canada, was able to pull off this amazing feat. The previous record was 25 people.

What car was used to set the tightest parallel parking job on record?

British stunt driver Alastair Moffat pulled off this record in 2015, leaving just 7.5 cm of space.

What's the current record for the longest car?

American Jay Ohrberg built this monstrosity of a stretch limo, which has eleven axles!

What driver holds the record for the longest rally car jump?

On New Year's Eve in 2009, Travis Pastrana set the record jump at 81.99 meters in a Subaru Impreza, landing on a barge floating in the ocean.

From what country is the record holder for the longest distance to jump a Crown Victoria?

Canadian driver Ryan Stock jumped a Ford Crown Victoria 130 feet as part of Guinea Pig on Discovery Channel, claiming the world record.

What is the official record for the number of people to fit in a classic Mini at once?

Danielle Maynard and a group called The Mini-skirts from the U.K. were able to fit 27 people in the tiny car in 2014.

Where was the record for the most green traffic lights driven through consecutively set?

A man named Noah recorded his amazing run when he drove through 186 consecutive green traffic lights in a city not known for smooth-flowing traffic.

What's the record number of times someone has kissed a car in 30 seconds?

Narre Warren of Melbourne, Australia, achieved this feat, but nobody knows if there were lip injuries involved.

What's the size of the largest Hot Wheels collection in the world?

Michael Zernock of Deerfield, New York, has a serious obsession with Hot Wheels, with his collection setting the record in 2011.

What kind of car was used to set the record for the fastest time to undecorate a Christmas tree?

Chris Forsberg connected the lights on the tree to his Nissan GT-R, then hit the gas, spinning the tree and throwing off all the ornaments in record time.

What the current record number of U-turns made in a car in two minutes?

Alex Jerden obliterated the old record of 13 using his BMW M3.

What's the quickest someone has buckled themselves into five seats inside a car?

Christian Donnell from the state of Georgia set this record in 2012 for reasons unknown.

What's the record for most countries visited by car in a 24-hour period?

Four men from the United Kingdom drove to 18 countries scatted around Europe in a 24-hour period, setting this record in 2014.

Which German brand set a Guinness record for the greatest distance vehicle drift in eight hours?

Behind the wheel of a BMW M5, Danish driver Johan Schwartz drifted for 232.5 miles in that time, blowing away the previous record of 89.55 miles.

Where is the world's longest car wash located?

In November ​2017, Buc-ee's, a car wash in Houston, was awarded a Guinness World Record for having the longest car wash conveyor belt at 255 feet long.

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