Jun 062012

Walter Chrysler and Chrysler Corporation

The car maker Chrysler history began in the early 1920s, when Walter Chrysler left Willys to overhaul the Maxwell Car Company. 1924 saw the launch of the Chrysler Automobile, a well-received car that included attributes which, at the time, were restricted to far more costly automobiles. Amongst these were an air filter on the carburetor and an oil filter. In 1925, the Maxwell Car Company was reorganized in to the Chrysler Corporation.

Chrysler innovations

In its early years, Chrysler introduced revolutionary new attributes that would later be used by nearly every automobile manufacturer including ridged rims which kept a flat tire from coming off the wheel and rubber engine mounts to lower engine vibration traveling through the rest of the car.

Chrysler History

The Chrysler Corporation went through quite a few alterations over the decades. In 1928, a deal brought about the purchase of the Dodge nameplate from the Dodge Brothers. 1928 also saw the introduction of the Plymouth nameplate which was an integral element of Chrysler’s line-up till 2001 when the nameplate was dropped. In 1987, Chrysler gained a controlling share in Jeep-Eagle and started manufacturing the long-running Jeep line of vehicles. In 1998, Chrysler merged with German auto manufacturer Daimler AG to become DaimlerChrysler AG (see also Mercedes Benz car history). In 2007, Ceberus Capital Management acquired a controlling stake in Chrysler and finished its purchase of the remaining stock in 2009.

The 1960s and early 1970s had been a high point for Chrysler due, in large component, to the NASCAR racing success of the Dodge nameplate. Richard Petty’s blue #43 Roadrunner Superbird car has grow to be one of the most recognized automobiles in the planet and was even represented as the King (Strip Weathers) in the Disney/Pixar animated film “Cars”. The 1969 Dodge Charger was a also highlighted prominently in the television series “The Dukes of Hazzard” from 1979-1985.

By far the most Successful Chrysler Models

Chrysler has had a number of thriving models such as the 300, the Dodge Charger, as well as the Dodge Challenger/Plymouth Barracuda. More lately, Chrysler has surprised the automotive planet with retro-styled automobiles which have been well-received such as the Dodge Prowler plus the new Dodge Challenger. In 2006, the re-introduced the Dodge Charger model as well, although this did not feature the retro-styling of the Prowler or the Challenger. In 1992, Chrysler entered the world of world-class sports automobiles with the Dodge Viper, a V-10 powered sports vehicle created to compete with cars like the Chevrolet Corvette (read GMC history) as well as the Porsche 911 (read Porsche history).

Like its rival, Ford (read Ford history), Chrysler very carefully managed its nameplates according to design. Plymouth was the economy line, Dodge became the mid-grade and performance name, and Chrysler was reserved for their high-end luxury line of vehicles. The purchase of the Jeep nameplate gave them instant recognition in the Sport/Utility vehicle market.

During its eight decade Chrysler history, the corporation has been an innovator and has had a strong influence in the auto manufacturing business all through the globe. It has also observed its troubles as the #3 American auto manufacturer, but has managed to endure and survive through all its trials and tribulations.

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Mar 142012

The origins behind the Land Speed Records of the world is almost as ancient as the history of the car itself, dating back to December 18th 1898, the day that the French count Gaston de Chasseloup-Laubat raced down the Agricole Park around Paris in an electric vehicle, under the observation of an automobile magazine clocking a result of 39.24 mph. It also dismissed the common myth at the time which anticipated an inevitable asphyxiation for anyone attempting to ride at that speed.

The first time the 60mph mark was surpassed was on April 29, 1899, when the French count’s new record was superseded by Camille Jenatzy who set up an official record of 65.79mph on the Acheres road. It was also accomplished by an electric vehicle, rightfully christened The Forever Unsatisfied.

French driver Louis Rigolly would later become the first man to drive over 100 miles per hour, on the 21st July of 1904. He raced over a kilometer stretch at the Belgian beach of Ostend, with his 13.5 litre Gobron-Brillie automobile. His average speed was 103mph, or almost 160kph.

Captain Malcolm Campbell of Britain sped his way over the Pendine Sands in March 1925, achieving the 150mph mark with the 350HP V12 Sunbeam. Later knighted, Sir Campbell eventually crowned himself with the honour of also being the first man to exceed 250mph and 300mph.

The landmark for land speeds went beyond the 400mph mark in the post war era of 1947, heralded by British driver John Cobb when he exceeded 400mph in one direction in the Mobil-sponsored Railton Mobil Special. A one off vehicle powered by aircraft engines, his average speed over the mile from start to finish of the journey was 403mph.

Meanwhile, the record for the ultimate case of land speed is currently held by the Thrust SSC, driven by pilot Andy Green of the Royal Air Force. The Thrust SSC is outfitted by two Rolls-Royce afterburn engines, not unlike the same used by Phantom II warplanes. Consuming petrol at a rate of eighteen litres every second, it achieved a speed of 763mph on October 15, 1997.

For over 10 years, automotive engineers have bee working on a superior vehicle to surpass the landmark set by the Thrust SSC. The most ambitious project to take top speed honours is the Bloodhound SSC, developed by the same person who designed the Thrust SSC, Richard Noble. He had hoped that his latest creation will beat its predecessor by the largest margin ever in the history of Land Speed Records, ideally by up to 1000mph.

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