The automotive world is jam packed with mind-boggling records. From factoids popular with the mainstream (e.g. non gearhead) like the most expensive car ever sold, to those highly specific statistics that might mean little to most people but that will duly impress the auto enthusiast. (Did you know a team of color change vinyl wrap specialists once completely color wrapped a Mazda 3 in less than 45 minutes? If that means little to you, that’s OK — some people are nodding appreciatively right now. It was just about the fastest color wrap ever, after all.)

Whether you spend most of your waking time thinking about torque, tire treads, and timing belts, or if you honestly couldn’t care much mess about camshafts, carburetors, or combustion chambers, the fact remains that cool car facts are, well… cool. Just try to be bored by the following bits of information. I can almost guarantee you’ll find yourself working at least one or two of these tidbits into a conversation in the coming days.

The Fastest Production Car in the World

The Hennessy Venom GT can be yours for just 1.2 million dollars (before upgrades and options), which makes it one of the most expensive automobiles you can buy. But that’s not what we’re interested in right now. Who cares about price when this car, of which only about 30 will ever be built (though I’m sure with enough orders they would consider making more), is the fastest production vehicle ever made?

How fast is the fastest car in the world? The Hennessy GT Venom can hit 270 miles per hour. Do you know how fast the amazingly badass Boing AH-64 Apache attack helicopter can fly? About 180 MPH. Yes, this car can outrun an Apache by almost 100 miles per hour. The GT Venom gets its speed thanks to an astonishing 1,244 horsepower engine. To help you understand just how insane that is, the Ferrari 488 GTB packs about 660 horses. Yeah, it’s powerful.

The Fastest Car Ever

Alright, while the Hennessy Venom GT is crazy fast and very impressive and yours for just a cool 1.2 million bucks, it’s far from the fastest car ever made. The land speed for fastest car ever goes to a vehicle that was really more of a pair of jet engines strapped to wheels than a car, per say, but still. In fact the Thrust SSC vehicle looks like the nose cone of a jet fighter perched between two massive engines much more than it looks like a car, but the thing drives on the ground, so we’re cool with this.

How fast was the fastest car ever? Um… it broke the sound barrier. At sea level the sound barrier is 761 miles per hour. On October 15th, 1997 the Thrust SCC hit 763 miles per hour while driving over the hard packed ground of the Black Rock Desert in Nevada. Yeah, this car hit mach 1. That record is probably going to be around for a while yet.

The Most Expensive Car In the World

Right now, the most expensive “production” car (not that many produced, of course) in the world is the McLaren P1 LM. This car retails for 3.7 million dollars. That’s enough money to buy a few dozen single family homes in many markets around the United States right now. Or you could just get this one car, which does at least have 1,000 horsepower and features an engine with gold plating. Because you need that in life. Or… someone does, apparently.

The Most Expensive Car Ever Sold

So the McLaren P1 LM is the most expensive car for sale today in terms of MSRP. Great. But its $3.7 million price tag doesn’t even make a dent in the figure of the most expensive car ever sold. Oh no. That honor goes to a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO that was sold in the summer of 2014. How much did the most expensive car in history sell for? $38,115,000. Yes, that’s thirty-eight million and change. That means this one automobile sold for just a bit less than the projected total 2017 GDP of the nation of Tuvalu.

Granted, the Ferrari 250 GTO is a gorgeous automobile, and fewer than forty were produced, but still… we would have settled for several McLaren P1 LMs and maybe a Honda Civic as a commuter car.

The Longest Cars Ever Made

You can be forgiven for never having thought about the length of a car as all that exceptional, but when you realize how long the longest production cars ever really are, you’ll probably still be impressed. Or maybe confused, actually, is more like it. First let’s get some frame of reference. Most 2017 Honda Accords measure right around 190 inches. A standard Ford Explorer is only a bit longer, at 198 inches. A Toyota Sienna minivan measures about 200 inches in length. OK, frame of reference achieved? Great.

The longest production cars ever made were more than 252 inches in length. That’s 21 feet long. The 1974 through 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood 75s were huge even by the oversized standards of the day, when so-called landyachts were all the rage with many motorists. These cars were too large for a standard parking spaces, and even too long for some residential driveways. But you sure got great legroom.

The Longest Car Ever Made

If the 21-foot Cadillac Fleetwood 75 seems long to you right now, it’s about to feel a whole lot less so in a minute. While that car was a record setter for standard production vehicles that anyone could buy, the longest car ever made — a vehicle which was indeed created merely to claim the title of the longest and, one should add, most ridiculous — was more than four times bigger.

The “American Dream” limousine was 100 feet long, has 26 wheels, and featured a king sized bed, a hot tub, and a helicopter landing pad. It was so long that the center of the “car” was articulated much like some extra long city busses or subway cars; a second driver sat in a rear driver’s compartment to steer the back wheels, just like you see on a large fire engine. The limo was built from during the late 1980s and early 90s, and was enjoyed by spectators for a number of years, but was eventually mothballed, then sold off to the Autoseam Automotive Teaching Museum, which is a good place to see it. You would never have seen this behemoth on the road, anyway: it was far from street legal.

The Smallest Cars Ever Made

In the early 1960s, a British company called the Peel Engineering Company began manufacturing a vehicle that remains the smallest production car ever made. The Peel P50 weighs about forty-five less than I do. Yes, this car weighs significantly less than many people. The thing weighs only 130 pounds. It measures 54 inches long by 39 inches wide, so it’s little surprise that it’s a single seat vehicle. Oh, and it only has three wheels, by the way.

Despite being a compact trike masquerading as a motor vehicle, the Peel P50 is actually street legal in the UK and in America (don’t take it on a highway, though) and is actively being produced these days. After a production hiatus from 1965 through 2010, new Peel P50s are again being built, some with gas engines, some electric. The P50 has speed of around 30 miles per hour. And if you get in a bad accident while driving one, you will ideally have had your will prepared in advance.

The Slowest Car In the World

There are several cars that can vie for the title of the slowest in the world, and depending on how you look at speed, my candidate is not the winner. The car in question can zoom past the Peel P50, for example, what with the P50’s top speed of around 30 MPH. But this car would need plenty of time to get to speed before it went past.

The Tata Nano is a compact car manufactured in India and intended for navigating the busy streets of major cities, not for burning up miles of highway or for using during a race. And that’s good, because its zero to 60 acceleration takes 30 seconds. Oh, and that’s 60 kilometers per hour, not miles. In half a minute, you’ll have the Nano up at about 37 MPH. For reference, the zero to 60 miles per hour of, say, a late model Ferrari? Three seconds. The Tata Nano has a top speed of around 65 MPH, if you can keep your foot on the gas long enough for it to reach that speed before you die of boredom or old age.

And as a bonus, the Tata Nano is also just about the least expensive production car on the market these days, also. It retails for about $1600 in US dollars. (Though to be fair the car was never intended for the US market, and was designed to replace the go-to vehicle of most urban Indian motorists, which is a motorcycle.