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Following a trend toward faster and faster cars, it
seems inevitable that we'll eventually end up with
wheeled spacecraft that practically arrive before
they leave, corner on rails and fill hospital wards
with whiplash victims.
Therefore, UBCo have opted to get ahead of the
a range of vehicles that are
advertised as "Faster than any car in history", etc.
The vehicles are indeed fast but are advertised as
being faster than they are, with speedometers
lie to their owners on a sliding scale, so that
100mph shows as 130mph and so 140mph actually
shows up as 200mph, whilst driving. Police
the fiction, booking these idiot drivers for
improbable speeds, so they can impress their
dimwitted friends later.
The addition of showers of sparks and flames from
the rear of the vehicles at high speeds will no
doubt appeal to the doofii (plural of doofus?) who
feel they have to own one.
Marching Morons story
[AusCan531, Jan 20 2013]
My speedo reads to fast, causing the odometer to read more KM, voiding my warranty sooner [Brian the Painter, Jan 21 2013]
||Needs less insulting. as for the idea [+]
||Well, some preheating has occurred in fiction in the fifties, with cars that have wind curtains for that go fast feel, and sound effects, and spurious speedometers.
||Now we've got flexible displays, just coat the windscreen for that star field effect when you punch the accelerator.
||This was baked in the 1951 SF story "The Marching Morons" by CM Kornbluth [link]. The guy from the past quickly notices that despite all the wind-rushing noises and sparkly flames emitted from the car in which he is a passenger that it only seems to be going about 25 mph even though the speedo says 90.
||I'll introduce you to some of the people who prompted the
||Cool link, [AusCan]. I'm surprised I've not heard of the
story. I read a lot of SF in the 1970s and 80s.
||Vehicles which are commonly (re)equipped with larger tires have oem or aftermarket speedo-cable gears available, to get an accurate display.
||I use my gps for a speedo because many cars from the
90's were set 6 km over all the time. Thus running out
our warranties sooner. see link
||Thank you, [AusCan531], that was the story I was thinking of.
||I had a 1976 Gran Torino (with a Starsky and Hutch paintjob *blush*) which had the adaptor for the speedo cable installed to display Kmh on the Mph dial. I could get the speedo needle to wrap right around the dial up past Zero again.
||Ventiports are available as a stick-on cosmetic
accessory, so you can have those pointless simulated
holes on your 1967 Cortina.