Car enthusiasts can be an odd bunch. Despite looking like normal human beings, most of the time, we have a tendency to think, act and talk differently, often to the detriment of our non-petrolhead friends.
To many of them, it may seem like we talk in a "code", using run-of-the-mill words with entirely different meanings.
Well, we do that. And this week, we are providing you with a small glimpse of our secret codebook so you too can understand some of what we are saying.
Normals folk: A type of tortilla chips that are either too spicy, too dry and entirely unhealthy.
Petrolheads: A pistonless engine made by a German with no engineering degree that revs high and makes lots of power in a small package. Burns a lot more gas and oil and can be a nightmare to fix.
Normals folk: Limit to a petrolhead's car budget
Petrolheads: Naturally aspirated. Meaning the car breathes naturally, not force-fed air via the means of a super or turbocharger.
Normals folk: Chunky water.
Petrolheads: Internal Combustion Engines. Every non-eclectic car uses one for locomotion. Complex, heavy, inefficient but can sound really cool and are amazing to look at.
Normals: Sexually Transmitted infection. The ones that burn.
Petrolheads: Subaru Tecnica International. Subaru's motorsports division that builds cars capable of bolting through a foot of mud at triple-digit while occasionally blowing a head gasket.
Normals folk: A controlled substance that lets you see the world in new and colourful ways, for the small cost of one's health.
Petrolheads: Limited Slip Differential. A set of gears that keeps a car's rear wheels spinning at the same speed. Provides additional traction at fast corners and prevents rapid unplanned pavement ejection.
Normals folk: A fluffy little friend or a spawn from hell.
Petrolheads: Catalytic converters. Reduce exhaust pollution and lower engine output. Many petrolheads like to "de-cat" their cars for a few extra hp.
Normals folk: Chicago-style pizza that puts the cheese under the sauce.
Petrolheads: Rims where the spokes recessed deep into the wheel itself. Designed to accommodate wide tyres.
Normals folk: A really hands-on face reconstruction expert.
Petrolheads: A engine where the cylinders are laid horizontally opposed to each other. Provides a car with lower centre of gravity and the lateral piston movement cancels out a lot of the engine vibrations. Tends to be more complex than other type of motors.
Normals folk: You may or may not need to contact the authorities.
Petrolheads: An aesthetically interesting but functionally impractical visual car modification involving covering every surface of a car in some kind of black tint/paint. Also known as "blacked out".
Normal folk: Most people on a holiday.
Petrolheads: A car with an unassuming exterior that has been mechanically heavily modified to be really, really fast. Driven by people who like to give supercar owners buyer's remorse.