Country of Origin: England
Founded In: 1906 by Charles Rolls and Henry Royce
FABULOUS FACTS ABOUT ROLLS-ROYCE
- Rolls-Royce made rifles during the First World War. The company never made complete cars until after the Second World War was over. Prior to World War II, the company only made the chassis and the bodies were added by external coach builders.
- The mission and objective of the car’s founders was to provide a transport alternative to horses and trains. When the company was first created, the horse and carriage was still the main mode of transport.
- The most famous Rolls-Royce car model is the Silver Ghost. 6,000 were originally made.
- With just a few exceptions, all Rolls-Royce motorcars start off with the name Silver. This word has everything to do with tradition and nothing to do with colour. Some of the models that followed the Silver Ghost are Phantom, Wraith, 20/25 HP, Silver Wraith, Silver Dawn, Silver Cloud, Silver Shadow, Silver Spirit, Silver Spur and Silver Seraph. Rolls-Royces are named after things that are quiet.
- More than six out of 10 of all Rolls-Royce motorcars built are still roadworthy.
- The Rolls-Royce R engine is the only engine to obtain land, air and water speed records.
- The famous Rolls-Royce emblem was designed by Charles Sykes and is called ‘Spirit of Ecstasy’. No two figurines of the emblem look the same.
- Till today, all Rolls-Royce engines are completely built by hand. It is estimated that more than 800 manhours are needed to create the body of one Phantom VI.
- One man would take one day to create a Rolls-Royce radiator (not registered as a trademark until 1974) and five hours to polish it. No measuring instruments are used in the creation of the radiator grille.
- The cooling capacity of the air-conditioning system in the Silver Spirit is equivalent to that of 30 domestic refrigerators.
Country of Origin: Italy
Founded In: 1929 by Enzo Ferrari
FABULOUS FACTS ABOUT FERRARI
- Enzo Ferrari is the founder of the Ferrari range of cars. Apart from the cars, Ferrari also has perfumes, sunglasses and laptop computers under its brand name.
- The black prancing horse in the famous Ferrari logo was originally the symbol of Count Francesco Baracca, a flying ace in the Italian Air Force during World War I. The horse icon was designed by a Turin-based company called Cerrato and was engraved by Incerti for Ferrari models.
- The prancing horse first appeared on the radiator grille in 1959. It was cut out of 3mm thick sheets of brass, pantographed and chrome-plated. It remained the same until 1962.
- The very first car produced and built under the Ferrari name is the Ferrari 125 S. The '125' stands for the engine displacement and the 'S' stands for 'Sport'.
- Ferrari cars do not come only in red colour. The company offers a choice of 18 colours.
- The bestselling Ferrari of all time is the 1986-89 328 GTS, of which 6,068 were made. The world’s fastest Ferrari, the F60, was debuted in April 2002.
- Ferrari of Italy is the oldest and most successful team left in the Formula 1 championship.
- Ferrari unveiled a hybrid version of the model 599 GTB Fiorano at the Geneva Motor Show. This is the first hybrid for most famous sports car manufacturers.
- We know Ferraris are expensive, but would you believe it if we told you that their brochures are pricey too? In 1985, a brochure for the 1960 Ferrari 250 Le Mans fetched £1,070 at a Christie's auction in Monaco. That remains a world record till today.
- Ferrari currently produces about 3,400 cars a year including the 360 Modena, the 456 M GT and the 550 Maranello
Country of Origin: England
Founded In: 1919 by Walter Owen Bentley
FABULOUS FACTS ABOUT BENTLEY
- Walter Bentley used to produce rotary aero-engines in World War I.
- Though the company Bentley was founded in 1919, it produced only engines and chassis and no complete cars for about 27 years.
- In association with Penguin Books, Bentley designed a limited edition of the James Bond novel, 'Devil May Care'.
- The details of every single component fitted in a Bentley car are filed on a computer so that they can be traced back through all the development stages. This makes it easy for the engineer to change the position of a component or modify a component.
- Every piece of glass used in a Bentley car is finished using finely powered pumice, a material which is usually used to polish optical lenses.
- Lacquer-spraying robots simulate human sprayers in the Bentley paint shop.
- Steering wheels of all Bentley cars are double stitched by hand with the use of two needles simultaneously.
- It takes about 15 manhours to create one steering wheel and the process of creation is too complicated for a machine.
- When designing and creating the leather upholstery of a Bentley, a full set of leather is selected and cut at the same time. This is done to ensure that there is no variation in the texture and feel of the leather.
- Bentley is working on engines that can be driven by renewable fuels like a mix of bio-fuel and gasoline. This introduction is expected to reduce carbon dioxide emissions of Bentley cars by up to 90%.