Blokes with a smaller than average penis are more likely to buy flashy fast cars.
A new study by boffins involved tricking men into thinking the size of their member was either more or less impressive than it actually is.
And it discovered those who believed they had an ordinary or smaller gearstick than the norm were more likely to want to splash-out on a fancy sports car.
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Researchers at the University College London, who conducted the study, said men “seek to compensate for their disadvantaged primary sexual characteristic”.
They said: “Perhaps there is just something specific linking cars and penises in the male psyche.”
The team added demand for sports cars might be “motivated by feelings of genital inadequacy”, but the “luxury automotive industry may be unwilling to acknowledge this link”.
As part of the study, 200 men aged 18 to 74 were told false statements about the size of the average manhood – before being shown images of fast cars and asked how much they wanted to buy them.
One of the statements falsely claimed the average penis size is 7.1 inches when the real average is actually 5.1 inches.
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The participants were told these statements were facts, and that the test was to investigate “how people remember facts at the same time as shopping for products”.
Sports cars were more popular among younger men over 30 who felt their penis size was below average.
Those who believed they had a larger penis showed a decreasing interest in luxury vehicles as they get older.
But the younger men remained appreciative of them regardless of their age and suggested a link to their self-esteem.
The research comes after climate activist Greta Thunberg joked that influencer Andrew Tate had a small manhood after he goaded her by bragging that he owned 33 sports cars.
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Before self-confessed misogynist Tate was arrested in Romania on rape and human trafficking charges, he asked her in a tweet for her email address so he could sent her details of his car’s emissions.
Thunberg fired back: “Yes, please do enlighten me. Email me at [email protected].”
Another recent study has also found men with big penises and trimmed pubic hair are more attractive, extroverted and open to new experiences.
The research conducted on 106 participants, of which 80% were women, also found blokes who with smaller members are seen as more neurotic.
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