Working out what the cheapest car ever made comes down to doing some math spanning a century. The Briggs & Stratton Flyer sold for just $125 in 1922, which would be $2,068 at the start of 2022. More recently, the Tata Nano launched in 2008 for $2,500, which would be $3,227.41 in 2022 when adjusted for inflation. However, that $125 from 1922 would have been the equivalent purchasing power of around $1,600 in 2008, which is how we’re going to judge this and call the Briggs & Stratton Flyer the cheapest production car ever sold. Another contender was the infamous East German Trabant P601 which cost $1,862 in 1963, but that $125 from 1922 would have been around $234 when the Trabant was at its peak of production. In today’s money, a Trabant would cost you a startling $16,429.82 for a car only marginally faster, more comfortable, and more practical than a 1922 Flyer.
NASCAR’s newest Next Gen cars may be designed to make these vehicles as symmetrical as possible, but some teams have already found a way around the rules. During this week’s test session at Daytona International Speedway, some cars have been running some fairly excessive skew — and right now, it could very well be totally legal.
Basically, skew refers to the angled nature of the NASCAR Cup Series car. The front end looks like it’s pointing in a different direction than the car is actually going, which gives the whole thing a sort of crab-walk look. The rear axle is mounted on a skew when compared to the whole chassis. For…….
The speed by which electric vehicles have taken over Norway has stunned even the cars’ enthusiasts. [Asya Demidova/The New York Times]
Last year, Norway reached a milestone. Only about 8% of new cars sold in the country ran purely on conventional gasoline or diesel fuel. Two-thirds of new cars sold were electric, and most of the rest were electric-and-gasoline hybrids.
For years, Norway has been the world leader in shifting away from traditional cars, thanks to government benefits that made electric vehicles far more affordable and offered extras like letting electric car owners skip some fees for parking and toll roads.
Still, electric car enthusiasts are stunne…….