BEETLE BUGS

12/5/2017

The idea and conception of the BEETLE occurred on the 28th of May 1937, when the Volkswagen, or people’s car, company was created. Influenced by Adolph Hitler and designed by Ferdinand Porsche’s team, this vehicle was built for the common German family with the premise of seating two adults and 3 children in the rear. It was required to attain 100 kilometers in speed and be affordable to the masses. The end result was an air cooled, rear-engined, aerodynamic vehicle that was nicknamed the Beetle Bug due to its unique shape. Only a hand full of vehicles were made before the war and its factories were quickly converted to producing military vehicles. The complex fell into the hands of the British military immediately after Germany’s surrender and was saved from dismantlement by the efforts of one British major. This humanitarian act paid off in spades as 21,529,464 Bugs were produced by Volkswagen, 6 million more than Ford’s Model T. The design of the vehicle is an excellent example of German engineering and economics. The Teutons are renowned beer drinkers and extra headroom was given to allow them to tip their steins straight up to fully enjoy all their bier while driving. The trunk in the front resulted in the beer and cheese stored there to stay cooler during transit, and to save steps when pulling up to a picnic. The shape was rounded to better survive end over end flips in the event of overconsumption, but the real genius was the “gas chamber”. The car only had 2 doors to save money, so the front seats had to slide forward to allow the kids in the back to exit. With a diet of beer, sausage and cheese, the flatulence flew frequently. The methane escaped through the seat hinge and penetrated the children’s seating area. The rear-view mirror allowed the driver to watch his bratty brood gasp in horror. The passenger makeup mirror allowed them to enjoy the show as the malicious tykes displayed facial cringes. Revenge is best served to a captive audience. 

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