Back in 1958, Disney envisioned the future of America’s highways and automotive tech. While we still don’t have flying ambulances or self-building roads, backup cameras and traffic apps are everyday items, and autonomy is closer than ever. Watch the full movie here.
Awesome Rides On The Awesomer
After tearing through 99 nailbiting turns on the way up, Panasonic Jaguar Racing driver Ho-Pin Tung and a Range Rover Sport Plug-In Hybrid became the first vehicle ever to climb the insanely steep 999 steps to the top of Heaven’s Gate at Tianmen Mountain, China.
Nissan had a little fun with this modded 370Z by fitting it with tracks in the back and skis in the front. Otherwise, the 332 hp winter convertible is largely stock besides the lifted suspension and widened wheel wells. The car will debut at the 2018 Chicago Auto Show.
Outfitter Iron and Resin teamed up with 4×4 restorers New Legend to bring this classic 1972 International Scout II back to life, loading it up with a modern GM LS 5.3L engine, a leather and waxed canvas interior, modern roof racks, a swing-out motorcycle mount, and more.
We headed to the French island of Corsica to spend some quality time behind the wheel of Jaguar’s beautiful baby crossover. In R-Dynamic trim, it packs a zippy 296hp turbo 4, and its active driveline offers fantastic control and handling. Plus it seats five, and looks spiffy.
Legacy Overland’s awesomely restored and upgraded 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser HJ-45. It has a 3.5L 6-cylinder diesel engine, Old Man Emu suspension, Daytona Beadlock steel wheels, BF Goodrich Mud Terrain tires, LED headlights, and a Bluetooth radio connected to four speakers.
The Kalk is an electric dirt bike designed to be light while still able to take a beating. It weighs only about 150lb, thanks to its aluminum frame and swingarm and carbon fiber body. It also has custom designed Öhlins suspension. It goes up to 50mph and lasts up to 50mi per charge.
Death Machines of London found a discarded 1982 Le Mans Mk2 and wondered how Moto Guzzi co-founder Giovanni Ravelli – a former Italian air force pilot – would redesign the motorcycle. The result is a streamlined machine that looks like it’s mid-flight even at rest.
After turning a bathtub into a drone, The Real Life Guys decided to see if they could cram 15hp electric motor into a little kid’s car known as a BIG Bobbycar. The result is a ridiculously unsafe and unstable ride that zooms from 0 to 43 mph in about 3 seconds. Turn subtitles on.
To celebrate Super Bowl Sunday, Mercedes-Benz is offering a chance to win an AMG C 43 Coupe. Simply keep your eye on the Benz on your smartphone, and keep your finger on it as long as possible. The last fan standing wins the car. Register on Sunday 2/4/18 by 6:25pm ET.
A very special way to wrap up the last-gen Land Rover Defender, this model packs a 400 hp 5.0L V8 engine, an 8-speed ZF automatic gearbox, Recaro leather seats, and does 0-to-60 in 5.6 sec. Limited to just 150 vehicles, and sadly none of them are headed to the US.
If you thought the EV2 personal tank was badass, get a load of this amped up version, which packs a 727ci Hemi that makes an insane 1500 hp. It tears over any surface thanks to 112 inch-long tracks, and boasts 16″ of suspension travel. It’s so powerful that it can pop wheelies.
The Korean 3-door hot hatch we deserve. With former BMW “M” boss Albert Biermann leading the charge, the Veloster N gets a 2.0L turbo-4 with 275 hp, 260 lb-ft. of torque, high-flow dual exhaust, a 6-speed rev-match manual, sport suspension and brakes, and a limited-slip diff.
Inspired by the car in the 1968 Steve McQueen flick, but based on the latest Mustang GT, it packs an upgraded 5.0L V8 that makes at least 475 hp, performance exhaust, and a 6-speed manual with a cue ball shift knob. It looks great in Dark Highland Green, with minimal badging.
Honda’s concept autonomous ATV is designed to work like a robotic pack mule, carrying loads to work sites, and also performing tasks like plowing snow, tilling soil, or harvesting crops with attachment modules. It’s rugged, has a 4-wheel drivetrain, and runs on electric power.
A spicy new variant of Ford’s normally mild crossover. In the hands of Ford Performance, this one rocks a 335 hp turbo-6 with 380 lb-ft. of torque, AWD, a sport-tuned suspension, 20 or 21-inch wheels, and lots of aesthetic upgrades, including a mesh grille and ST badging.