posted on May, 3 2009 @ 05:16 AM
The idea for a self-propelled vehicle has been around for a long time. Ever since we invented the wheel and put it on an animal driven carriage, we
have tried to find out ways of removing the animal because they were fussy and wanted to form unions.(I think some succeeded in a place called Animal
Some of the earliest attempts have been recorded as far back as the 1300s when the
Italians recorded designs for wind driven vehicles. The first was Guido da Vigevano in 1335. It was a windmill type drive to gears and thus to wheels.
However most wind driven vehicles were not very successful because the Italians did not have enough beans in their diet so jet propulsion was out of
Later Leonardo da Vinci designed clockwork driven tricycle with tiller steering and a differential mechanism between the rear wheels. However he
never got around to building it because he never finished anything he started.
Just ask Mona Lisa where her eyebrows went.
So most of these ideas were never implemented and most people still preferred horse drawn vehicles
Probably because they only used befouls and produced free fertilizers. However the animals kept on demanding higher wages and dental so people kept
looking for alternatives.
The first vehicle to move under its own power for which there is a record was designed by Nicholas Joseph Cugnot (who was french) in 1770 which
weighed 8000 pounds and had a top speed on 2 miles per hour. Its purpose was to haul cannons around town. However he was also one of the first people
to be involved in a road accident in a motor driven vehicle when he crashed his car.(He was French.......)
In 1876, Nokolaus Otto patented the Otto cycle engine. Although engines have evolved a lot since then, the basic design is still much the same.
Now that we had a practical means to propel the horseless carriage, the animals could now retire to their farms where they contemplated their new
found freedom (unemployment) except for the monkeys who saw an opportunity and wanted to hire themselves out as wrenches.
The path was now clear for the automobile revolution!!
In the early 1900s anyone with a monkey wrench, elbow grease and a workshop was considered to be a potential car manufacturer.
But cars were still very expensive and were more of a rich boy’s toy then an everyday transport system. This was because every car was still
individually manufactured by hand.
That was until Henry Ford.
He invented the assembly line, which drastically cut down production costs and invented the dealer franchise system
“Almost half a century before Ray Kroc sold a single McDonald's hamburger, Ford invented the dealer-franchise system to sell and service cars. In
the same way that all politics is local, he knew that business had to be local. Ford's "road men" became a familiar part of the American landscape.
By 1912 there were 7,000 Ford dealers across the country.” -----The Time Magazine (Time 100-Most influential people of the centaury)
Cars were now available to the common man.
Unfortunately thanks to a man called Murphy who passed a law that ruined everyone's lives the automotive boom was short lived.
The early 19th centaury saw the outbreak of two world wars and major financial crises. Although the automotive industry was adversely affected by the
war, it did help in further development of the technology making it more reliable and efficient.
In the early sixties, automobiles once again enjoyed the development boom. Only this time, people wanted cars, which would not only go faster but
looked better as well.
The outcome was outrageous designs for cars. The muscle car and the hot rod revolution.
Cars had become symbolic with rock stars and Hollywood. (One of the most infamous examples can be Elvis’ purple caddy).
In the late seventies however, Due to gas shortages, car designs became more efficient and practical. Engines were now using less fuel and producing
People wanted quieter and cleaner engines
[edit on 3-5-2009 by raptorinvictus]