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Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like To Remember

Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like To Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like To Remember
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All sorts of surprises regularly happen to automakers. And even if at first glance it seems that at an automobile plant or in any other division of a large automobile company, everything is subject to strict discipline and works like a clock, inexplicable accidents, the "human factor" and the forces of nature have not yet been canceled. We recall unexpected stories - several of which their participants would probably like to forget.

Mustang, which the designers do not remember

Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember

In early April, Ford released several images of the mid-engined Mustang prototype. Photos taken in May 1966 were found in the archives of the automaker five years ago, but the specialists of the American company did not manage to find out what kind of project it was and who worked on it.

Internal polls of the "old-timers" did not help: designer Gail Halderman, who worked on the original Mustang, and one of the designers of the Ford GT40, Roy Lann, said they had never heard of this mid-engined Mustang. At the same time, both are confident that this prototype has nothing to do with the mid-engined concept of the 1967 Ford Mustang Mach 2.

And both were wrong. Because the photographs turned out to be a landing model of the Mustang Mach 2. It was just that the work on the concept was carried out in a state of the strictest secrecy and the employees involved in it worked overtime in the basement of the studio.

The surviving electric car GM EV1

Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember

In December 2019, one copy of an experimental EV1 electric car, which was produced by General Motors in the late nineties, was discovered in a parking lot in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. However, this car should not have survived: "according to the documents", after the project was closed, all built electric cars were planned to be sent under pressure.

The GM EV1 was only found in California and Arizona. They did not even sell it to customers, but leased it. The very appearance of this electric car was due to the tightening of environmental legislation in 1996: lawmakers wanted two percent of all cars sold in California to have "zero" emissions.

The concern managed to build 1,117 cars. On the first 457 examples, lead-acid batteries were used as traction, and the range of such an electric car was a modest 120 km. The rest were equipped with nickel-metal hydride batteries and could travel twice as much - up to 240 km.

However, later the legal requirements changed, the program was closed in 2003, and the cars were confiscated from the owners and put under pressure. There were a lot of theories explaining such brutality: from fear of copying technologies to threats to oil companies. Officially, only two museum pieces survived. But it turns out that for many years a third person was peacefully gathering dust in a multi-storey parking lot.

Taking care of pedestrians. But strange

Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember

Improving safety systems is an important part of the evolution of the modern automotive industry. However, not everyone succeeds in inventing such a simple and effective device as a three-point seat belt. And therefore, in the pursuit of the common good, all sorts of curiosities occur.

For example, in 1974 the British British Leyland Motor created a prototype of a car designed to protect pedestrians in the event of a collision. It is now for the same purpose that the front bumpers of the car are made of soft plastic and endlessly raise the hood line. The front end of the experimental Austin-Morris 1300 SRV5 looked like a large shovel, and even equipped with a lifting barrier!

As conceived by the engineers, when a pedestrian hit a pedestrian, a low bumper prevented serious injuries, and a special barrier that was raised in the event of an accident helped not to roll under the wheels.However, in the course of tests - of course, on dummies - it turned out that a hard windshield threatens the greatest injuries to a pedestrian. And the "spade-like" hood, on the contrary, facilitates the meeting with the head of the unfortunate man who has fallen under the wheels. The project was eventually closed, but the unusual prototype has survived to this day.

Exhibition XRay stolen from AvtoVAZ

Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember

In 2016, an exhibition sample of LadXRay was stolen from AvtoVAZ: a black car in the maximum configuration was stolen directly from the factory. How and why the bandits went on this "crime of the century" is not clear, but it all ended with a happy ending. At least for AvtoVAZ.

The car was found in one of the unfinished garage cooperatives of Togliatti a couple of weeks after the crime. Three malefactors took part in the hijacking: two were caught in the Russian "city of motors", and another was caught in Mordovia.

Drunk workers and BMW conveyor stop

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If you think that slovenliness is a typical Russian trait, then you have to disappoint (or make you happy). In March 2017, a BMW factory in Munich was paralyzed by two drunken workers.

A couple of collectors, originally from Poland, fainted right at their workplace - because of this, the plant's conveyor was idle for about 40 minutes. Colleagues urgently called an ambulance for those who were disconnected.

It turned out that both "heroes of the occasion" are under the influence of substances prohibited in production: alcohol was eventually found in the blood of one, and amphetamine in the other. In addition, both Poles used a synthetic smoking blend. According to Bild, the damage from the forced downtime of the plant amounted to almost a million euros.

"Surprise" for dealers from dealers

Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Ford fusion
Ford fusion

Mexican drug traffickers have come up with an unusual way of transporting their illegal goods across the border: they hid consignments of drugs in the "spare" of new Ford Fusion sedans, which are assembled at a plant in Mexico and then sent to Canada.

However, in the summer of 2019, something went wrong and wheels with a "surprise" in the form of bundles of amphetamine were found at once by four Ford dealerships in the Canadian province of Ontario. The police intervened. After a series of searches, the parcels were found in 9 cars that had already been delivered to dealers. Another 6 such "Fords" did not have time to reach their destination - they were taken off the train. In total, about 180 kg of drugs were seized.

Old debts

Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember

In 1974, Volvo signed a contract with North Korea for the supply of 1,000 Volvo 144 sedans, as well as spare parts for them. The positions of the left were then strong in the Swedish parliament, and industrial companies, as in all times, were not opposed to entering new markets.

One way or another, Volvo cars arrived in the DPRK, but the Swedish company still has not received money for them. At the conclusion of the contract, it was assumed that the communist republic would repay the debt in installments, but the Swedes in the end have not received a single tranche from Pyongyang to this day.

At the same time, the neat Swedes continue to charge penalty interest and send letters to the North Korean side twice a year reminding them to pay the debt. However, in truth, they no longer hope for a positive solution to the issue.

According to a report by the Swedish State Council for Export Credit Guarantees, North Korea's debt to Sweden at the end of 2019 approached 3.2 billion kronor (about 300 million euros). And those same Volvo cars, meanwhile, continue to work in North Korea. We can only be proud of the quality of these machines, which have been able to exist for so long without a branded service.

Land Rover Litigation with Landwind

Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember

In 2019, something unheard of happened in Beijing: foreigners won in a lawsuit between foreigners (Jaguar Land Rover) and locals (Landwind), who copied the design of the Range Rover Evoque crossover. Overseas companies have sued Chinese automakers before because of copying, but they have not achieved success. And they started litigation usually only for preventive purposes.

They even refused to General Motors, which complained about Chery QQ - a "copy" of its Matiz. But Jaguar Land Rover was eventually won: the production of the Landwind X7 crossover was banned, and the plaintiff was paid compensation.

The trial took several years: the design of the Chinese crossover angered the British back in 2014, immediately after its premiere. When the model went on sale, they went to court, which eventually sided with them. The case in China is truly unprecedented!

Bonus: museum Chevrolet Corvette in a deep pit

Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember
Stranger Things: Automotive Stories You Don't Like to Remember

An unfortunate surprise occurred on February 12, 2014 at the National Corvettes Museum, located in Kentucky. The ground fell right in the middle of the pavilion, and 8 museum exhibits, including those belonging to the General Motors concern itself, fell into this hole.

Gradually, the cars were recovered from the failure, some of them have been restored by now. And the cave itself in the museum pavilion was repaired, leaving only a small observation window. Apparently to remember.

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