A little about

The Beginning

encyCARpedia was started by David Chapple (me). I've been a car enthusiast since I can remember. I'd ask for books about supercars and iconic car brands like Jaguar as presents when I was a kid. I had the basic idea for encyCARpedia in 2008 and bought the domain name but couldn't dream of making it a reality.


In 2016, having made a few websites for myself and others, I decided it was finally time to create a website I was truly passionate about. It definitely took longer than expected, but there are quite a lot of cars! Big thanks goes to Mercedes for having over 1800 different model and engine variations [/sarcasm].


My main goal for this website is to be the best and most useful source for car specs on the internet. That's why I created the car comparison tool (just click on any '+' to add a car to your custom comparison) and similar cars box. It's also easy to share links to any page (please share!).

Data Source

The specs are gathered from manufacturer specification sheets. They release these when they launch a new car. For the older cars, most manufacturers have archives & enthusiast car clubs. Are there any mistakes? Whilst I can't guarantee 100% accuracy (for legal reasons), that is my aim. Everything is checked before being published, plus I browse the site a lot so anything that slips past gets filtered out. You can also report an error.

encyCARpedia Rating

I know that top speed, BHP etc. isn't the be-all and end-all, but all the specs combined give a good indication of how a car performs at various tasks. That's why I created the encyCARpedia rating. As long as the required specs are available, it creates separate ratings for 'Performance', 'Environment' & 'Practicality'. It then creates an overall rating using all three ratings, but giving more weight to the intended purpose of the car.

Logo & Attribution

If you want a high-quality logo, I've created a suitable for most things. Also, if you use any of the data, particularly the Rankings / Top Cars lists, please cite this website as the source of the information. It will benefit your SEO (outbound links are good) and also mine. Thanks 👍.

encyCARpedia was created to be the go-to source for car specifications. It is not a wiki, so cannot be edited by the public. All car specifications are provided by the car manufacturers as well as selected enthusiast car club members and is checked and verified before being published. Thanks for using this site, I hope it was helpful.
- Dave