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Speedometer: The most beautiful speed displays in the world

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A ls more than 100 years ago, more precisely on October 7, 1902, when the engineer Otto Schulze had the eddy current tachometer patented at the Imperial Patent Office in Berlin, the first vehicles drove a maximum of 30 kilometers per hour. So it's no wonder that they were initially considered superfluous and even had to be paid for. It was not until 1910 that automobile manufacturers like Ford added the speedometer to standard equipment. The first instrument clusters followed in the mid-thirties, on which information on engine speed, fuel level and indicator lights for turn signals and lights could be read.

Even many years later, the first glance of a boy and girl who was enthusiastic about cars was often the last number at the end of the speedometer. Subtract 20 or 30 km /h in your mind and you already “knew” how fast the car can go - without worrying about the engine power. The speedometer was and still is a sign of potency (of the car).

Rossen Gargolov
Many can remember this instrument cluster: First-generation VW Golf GTI. In the worst case, it could be quite colorful between the speedometer and the rev counter.

Never too little but a little more

It should not be forgotten that in Europe and in many other countries a speedometer should never show a speed that is too slow. Upwards he is granted a deviation of ten percent plus four kilometers per hour. Why? The speed is determined based on the speed of the drive shaft or the wheels. It is calibrated to a specified wheel size. And there is the problem. Because not just the size, butthe air pressure and the tread depth can also change, which in turn has a negative effect on the precision of the display. For this reason, each speedometer is set a little more optimistically. The driver likes it.

In addition to the technology, the design of the instruments is particularly interesting. Until the fully digital cockpit moved in, round instruments dominated the interior. The reason lies in human nature. Round instruments can be read intuitively. The driver does not have to concentrate much, can pay more attention to the traffic situation and still receives the most important information. For this reason, instruments such as the speedometer, the tachometer, the fuel gauge or the most important warning lights are also all within the driver's direct field of vision, which is around 30 degrees, usually combined in an instrument cluster behind the steering wheel.

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Steve Lewis
The cockpit of the Bloodhound SSC has one of the coolest speedometers in the world on board.

If you have a speedometer, then please one that goes up to 500. The engineers at Bugatti probably thought that when the Chiron was on the plan. But the craziest thing is the small display to the left of the km /h thunderstorm. Because there you can see the current power, which is known to be up to 1,500 hp. It is almost only faster with a rocket engine. No problem! The Bloodhound SSC has been the vehicle to break the land speed record for several years. It should be 1,609 km /h, i.e. 1,000 miles per hour. Of course, you need the right speedometer.

One of the most famous speedometers and thus somehow one of the coolest comes from Volkswagen. Tidy, clear, on the left km /h, on the right speed, in the middle a colorful mouse cinema consisting of green, yellow, red and blue lights - the cockpit of the first generation golf combines simplicity with functionality. And that in huge numbers. The speedometer of the Rolls-Royce Ghost therefore. Black digits on a white background. Three round instruments, one of which, the Power Reserve, does not only appear superfluous at second glance, and four needles are completely sufficient in the luxury vehicle. Nobody has to know anything about the digital advertising tape one floor below.

Digital is trump, analog but no worse either

Koenigsegg
You can exaggerate your information policy, as Koenigsegg shows with his Agera.

Who Anyone who is lucky enough to look into a current super sports car will be disappointed. At least until the engine or the electronics are brought to life. Because most of the current super sports advertisements are digital. Whether in a fighter aircraft design, as with Lamborghini or simply completely overloaded with information, as with the Koenigsegg Agera - hardly any limits seem to be set in the digital world. The is almost lost Ford GT with a very spartan display. However, this design fits perfectly with the American dream car from Canadian production, as it doesn't even have a glove box, let alone a trunk.

The Aston Martin DB10 . The athlete known from the James Bond film Specter shows himself entirely in the manner of a Swiss watch manufacturer.Filigree, clear and at the same time modern can be read in the instrument cluster, speed, speed, cooling water and oil temperature, tank filling and boost. And all of this without being intrusive. One of the world's most famous speed displays consists of three digital digits and is surrounded by a myriad of lamps, bar graphs, three other numbers and much more. We're talking about the speedometer of the talking car KITT from the TV series Knight Rider. You can find this and 19 more in our photo gallery of the 20 coolest speedometers in the world.

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