Global Fast and Furious Report: These are the countries with the biggest petrol-heads
Car enthusiasts have been around since, well, the invention of the car, and there’s always been that same competition about whose the car is best, what’s the best brand of car, who can drive the fastest, who can race the best, etc. etc.
Basically, people are obsessed with their cars – in fact, no doubt you know at least one person who has their Facebook profile picture set as a picture of their car – maybe it’s you!
Of course, here at Taxi2Airport, cars are an important part of what we do – you can’t exactly get a taxi to the airport without a car, can you? Since 2003, we’ve been offering thousands of pleasant rides every month, all over the world, to people trying to get to – or from – an airport. And all of these rides have got us thinking: which country cares the most about their cars.
To answer these questions, we collated our Global Fast and Furious Report, analyzing which countries around the world are most passionate about their cars from a number of car sales to money spent on cars and national F1 champions.
Coming out as the country with the most petrolheads is the UK, followed by France, USA, Luxembourg, and Italy comprising the top five.
Blighty came out on top, as it raced towards the top score for almost every category analyzed.
The UK made it into the top 30 for the number of road vehicles per 1000 people, which sits at 519 (not bad for a relatively small little country), it came 5th for the number of car sales (3.8% of the country bought a new car in 2017), and it scored an impressive 5.1 for the quality of the roads. Best of all, the UK came first for having the most Formula One winning drivers, with a total of 19 wins overall from UK racers.
In addition, the average price of petrol is $1.53 per litre (converted from £ to $), which is by no means the highest price we found – that was Zimbabwe with $3.34 per litre – but it is high enough to prove there is sufficient demand for petrol across the country.
Following the UK, the top 10 countries are:
France again ranked highly for most of the categories analyzed in the report. The country ranked in fourth place in terms of national F1 wins with an impressive 12 wins in total, while the quality of their roads was deemed some of the best. Petrol prices were a staggering $1.67, proving there is considerable demand for enough petrol to race around on the great road system, and there is an average of 578 vehicles on the road for every 1000 people.
The results by continent are as below:
South America: Chile
North America: USA
To compile the Global Fast and Furious Report, we used the following methodology.
We examined a variety of different factors in our research, including:
- The number of road vehicles per 1000 people;
- The number of passenger car sales in a year (calculated as a % of population size);
- The average amount of money spent on the same specification car in each country;
- Average gas price;
- Road quality;
- National F1 champion drivers;
We scored every country across each of these categories and then ranked the countries by this score, with a total of 30 being the highest available.
The full dataset is available upon request.