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Mercedes-Benz: Future 2021

Mercedes-Benz: Future 2021

To promote their electric G-Class Concept EQG, Mercedes-Benz enlisted director Nina Holmgren to create a lighthearted promotional film that imagines this futuristic vehicle from the perspective of a 1970s television viewer. The style of the cinematography, color grading, and voiceover work are spot-on.

Inside the Nürburgring Nordschleife

Inside the Nürburgring Nordschleife

Performance carmakers test their vehicles on the Nürburgring. But did you know that Germany’s challenging 13-mile track is a public toll road that anyone can drive on? The rules of the road apply, though there is no speed limit. Tom Scott took a ride along with a pro driver for a look at the famed circuit and how they handle track safety.

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2022 Toyota Tundra

2022 Toyota Tundra

Toyota’s big pickup has bold new looks and two new engines: a twin-turbo V6 with 389hp and 479 lb-ft. of torque or the motor-enhanced i-FORCE MAX with 437 hp and 583 lb-ft. of torque. Also new is a multi-link rear suspension, optional adaptive suspension, trailering cameras, and a new multimedia system with up to a 14″ touchscreen.

Win a Custom Ford Bronco RTR

Enter to win this one-of-a-kind Ford Bronco RTR, and help support ongoing restoration efforts for Dearborn, Michigan’s Fair Lane: Home of Clara and Henry Ford. The customized Big Bend Bronco is loaded with RTR upgrades selected by World Champion drifter Vaughn Gittin, Jr. Awesomer readers get 30% bonus entries.

Lux LX Off-Road Electric Longboard

Lux LX Off-Road Electric Longboard

This rugged electric longboard is ready for any terrain. The 40″ long bamboo and maple board has dual 1500-watt motors and 8″ pneumatic all-terrain tires. Its top speed is 30 mph, its max. range is 25 miles, and it can climb hills up to a 35% gradient. It also comes in an Extreme model with aluminum guards and off-road lights.

Wheelbarrow Bike Trailer

Wheelbarrow Bike Trailer

Maker Laura Kampf wanted an overland-style trailer to carry items behind her bike. Rather than going with an off-the-lot model, she built her own by taking the shells from two wheelbarrows and hinging them together atop an axle and wheels. The spare tire on the back is a nice touch.

1000 HP Halo Warthog

1000 HP Halo Warthog

The Warthog from Halo is one of the most iconic vehicles in the history of video games. There have been many replicas built over the years, but none as badass as Hoonigan’s, an off-road race truck with a 1000 hp twin-turbo V8 engine and 4-wheel steering. Here’s the first of 10 episodes showing how they built it.

Driven: 2022 Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance

Driven: 2022 Lexus IS 500 F SPORT Performance

Sitting atop of the Lexus IS line-up, the IS 500 F SPORT Performance is a rear-wheel-drive sports sedan with a 5.0L V8 engine that makes 472 hp. We spent some time getting to know this powerful and refined luxury car, which looks especially awesome slathered in a rich Infrared paint.

Win a 1968 Shelby GT500 KR

This original 1968 Shelby GT500 KR offers classic Mustang fastback styling, and packs a 428 cubic-inch Cobra Jet V8 engine, twin exhaust, and chrome bumpers. One lucky winner will take home this car while supporting The Cobra Experience, a museum dedicated to the history of Shelby American. Readers get 20% bonus entries.

BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY Concept

BMW Motorrad Vision AMBY Concept

BMW Motorrad predicts that the future of urban mobility sits between e-bikes and motorbikes. The Vision AMBY is a concept vehicle debuting at IAA Mobility 2021 in Munich. AMBY stands for “adaptive mobility,” an electric two-wheeler with three speed levels set automatically by geofencing tech for different road types.

10 Years of the World’s Greatest Drag Race

10 Years of the World’s Greatest Drag Race

Motor Trend has been producing its World’s Greatest Drag Race series since 2011. Now look back at a decade worth of amazing sports cars battling it out for straight line supremacy, from the original Nissan GT-R to the McLaren Senna to the Porsche 911 Turbo S. It’s worth watching just for the exhaust notes alone.

CUPRA UrbanRebel Concept

CUPRA UrbanRebel Concept

Spanish automaker SEAT’s CUPRA performance division created this slick hot hatch with a massive wing in the back and wide wheel arches. Its electric drivetrain makes 335 continuous and 429 peak horsepower, launching it to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds. The concept teases a compact production EV slated for 2025.

Driven: 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

Driven: 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody

We spent a few days getting to know Dodge’s 797 horsepower, Hellcat-powered sedan, and all we can say is “wow.” This monster of a car isn’t just insanely fast off the line, it’s also incredibly comfortable. The widebody kit means wider tires and more grip for faster acceleration, and it just looks badass too.

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Win a 2021 RAM TRX Pickup

The RAM TRX is an insanely powerful and fun truck. Now, you could be driving this 702 hp, Hellcat-powered pickup. This fully-loaded model – valued at over $91,000 – has an ammo green body wrap, Fab Fours bumpers, and LightingTrendz lights. Donations help support charities, and Awesomer readers earn double entries.

My Prius

My Prius

(PG-13: Lyrics) Musicians Tom McGovern and A. Rob present a rap song about living large while watching their carbon footprints and saving gas money so they can spend it on gold chains. My Prius celebrates Toyota’s fuel-sipping hybrid, and extolls the benefits it affords its owners.

GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept

GMC Canyon AT4 OVRLANDX Concept

This tricked-out GMC Canyon AT4 has been outfitted for overland adventures. The lifted pickup truck has added underbody protection, a heavy-duty front bumper with a winch, recovery points, a swing-out spare tire, and windshield guy lines. It also packs a kitchenette, a drawer bed storage system, a roof-mounted tent, and more.

Win a Rare Cadillac CTS-V

In 2018, Cadillac built just 162 of the CTS-V Championship Edition sedan. It packs a 640 hp supercharged V8, and looks great in Crystal White with red mirror caps, and a red accented interior. One lucky entrant will win this amazing car, while helping to support charities. Plus, Awesomer readers get double entries for a limited time.

Arclight Bike Pedals

Arclight Bike Pedals

These LED-illuminated bike pedals improve nighttime safety while looking awesome. They’re much brighter than standard bike lights and have sensors to keep the white light forward and red light backward. Their light modules can be removed for charging or attached to other locations such as handlebars or a seat post.

LEGO Car Climbs Challenging Obstacles

LEGO Car Climbs Challenging Obstacles

The Brick Experiment Channel follows up its video of LEGO vehicles climbing over things with a series of more challenging obstacles. The new vehicle design includes a second adjustable joint, which allows it to climb objects and surfaces that look like they should be impossible to traverse.

Range Rover Sport SVR Ultimate Edition

Range Rover Sport SVR Ultimate Edition

Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations have crafted the ultimate incarnation of the Range Rover Sport SVR. The 575 hp V8 performance SUV comes in bespoke blue and grey paints with sparkly glass flake base coats, or satin black. It has a black roof, white accents, a carbon fiber hood, and rides on 22″ gloss black alloy wheels.

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Full-Size LEGO Toyota GR Supra

Full-Size LEGO Toyota GR Supra

Toyota Gazoo Racing teamed up with Legoland Japan to build this 1:1 scale replica of a 2021 GR Supra. Its 477,303 LEGO bricks make for an incredibly accurate model, and it even can drive – though its 4,165 lb. curb weight and modest electric motor offer a top speed of just 17 mph, a far cry from the Supra’s 155 mph limit.

Mt. Washington Hill Climb Record

Mt. Washington Hill Climb Record

Pro racer Travis Pastrana smashed his own record at the Mt. Washington Hill Climb driving the same 862 hp Subaru WRX STI he used to shred tires in Gymkhana 2020. He absolutely nailed the butt-clenching twists, turns, and drop-offs, recording a time of 5 minutes 28.67 seconds – smoking his closest competitor by 45 seconds.

Win a 2021 Chevy Corvette C8 Z51 Convertible

This Red Mist Metallic 2021 Stingray Convertible Z51 is a beauty. The winner will also get two memberships to the Jack Daniels Club at Watkins Glen and a two-day course from the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School. Donations benefit the International Motor Racing Research Center. Readers get 25% bonus entries.

2023 Nissan Z

2023 Nissan Z

The new Nissan Z features a streamlined design that takes inspiration from the 280Z and 300Z, but still looks modern. Its notable upgrades are a 3.0L twin-turbo engine that makes 400hp and 350 lb-ft. of torque, an available 9-speed automatic, a new cockpit with a digital dashboard, and available two-tone leather trim.

Making Tea with a Semi

Making Tea with a Semi

It’s tricky enough to back up an 18-wheeler in a straight line, but truck driver Niall Reid is a show-off. Not only did he roll his truck wheels backward without hitting the teacup on the ground, but he also used its hydraulic suspension to dip a tea bag into it for his afternoon break.

How Motorsport Tires Are Made

How Motorsport Tires Are Made

Everyday car tires are made mostly by machine, but the high-end tires used for racing are made by hand. In this clip from Street FX Motorsport TV, they take us inside Michelin Motorsport’s HQ in France for a look at the tire-making process, building up layer by layer of rubber, textiles, steel, and adhesive on spinning drums.

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