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Which country banned motor racing from 1958 to 2007?
Switzerland. In 1958 motor racing was banned by the Swiss government as an unsafe spectator sport following the death of 80 people at the 1955 24 Hours of Le Mans race. The Swiss Grand Prix was held in 1975 and 1982 in France. The ban continued until 2007.
What was Jaguar Cars called before 1945?
SS. Jaguar was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922, originally making motorcycle sidecars. In 1945 the company changed its name to Jaguar Cars Ltd, because of the connotations of the use of the SS name by Nazi Germany.
Winners of the Indianapolis 500 race do not celebrate with a bottle of Champagne. What do they get instead?
Milk. The tradition of drinking milk was founded in 1933. Since 1956, only one driver has broken it: In 1993, Emerson Fittipaldi drank a celebratory bottle of orange juice. He owned several orange groves in Sao Paolo, and wanted to promote the citrus industry.
Where does the Bridgestone Corporation, maker of the Bridgestone tires, come from?
Japan. The company was founded in 1931 in Kurume, Japan. The name is derived from founder Shojiro Ishibashi's last name, which translates literally to "stone bridge." In 1988, Bridgestone purchased American Firestone Tire and Rubber Company.
Which country did these silver sport cars represent?
Germany. For decades until the introduction of sponsorship liveries, each country had its traditional color in automobile racing. Italian race cars were red (still used by Ferrari), British ones green, and French blue. Today, Mercedes-Benz Formula One cars are also silver.
Where was the world's first motorway built?
In Italy. Italy was the first country in the world to start building motorways. Over 4,000 kilometers of multi-lane motorways were constructed in 1920s. The motorways were touted by Benito Mussolini in 1930, as one of the great achievements of his regime.
What is this steering device for?
Formula One car. There is no dashboard in Formula One cars, all the available controls are integrated into the steering wheel. It can be used to change gears, adjust fuel/air mix, change brake pressure, and call the radio. Data such as engine rpm, lap times, speed, and gear is displayed on an LCD screen. The wheel alone can cost about $50,000.
What does the French word "coupé", used for two-door automobiles, literally mean?
Cut. French coupé is a noun use of the past participle of the verb couper, "to cut". Since the early 19th century it was used for carrosse coupé, "cut-off carriage", a shorter version of the berlin (old type of four-wheeled covered carriage), minus the back seat. The name was first applied to closed two-door automobiles in 1908.
Which team won the most Formula 1 constructors' titles?
Ferrari. Constructors' Championship points are calculated by adding points scored in each race by any driver for that constructor. Most titles won; Ferrari - 16 times,the other is Williams - 9 times.Currently, from 2014 for 4 seasons, the best is Mercedes.