Awesome Rides

Win Two Ford Mustang Mach 1s

What’s better than winning a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1? Winning a 1969 Mach 1 to park next to it. The new car has a 480hp V8, a 6-speed manual, and is just the 10th off the assembly line. The ’69 Mustang rocks a 428ci Super Cobra Jet V8, Ram Air, power steering and brakes, and a Traction-Lok rear. Awesomer readers get double entries.

Learning to Ride a Penny-Farthing

Learning to Ride a Penny-Farthing

A penny-farthing is one of those old-timey bicycles with the giant wheel in front and a tiny one in the back. We see them on the streets once in a while and always wonder how tricky they must be to ride. Serial learner Mike Boyd is here to answer that question, with a little help from the guys at the UK branch of Unicycle.com.

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Russian Gymkhana

Russian Gymkhana

This low-budget Russian take on Gymkhana may not be as slick as those Ken Block videos, but it’s just as entertaining. It starts out a little slow, as our protagonist heads into the woods in his jalopy, foraging for mushrooms, but once the drugs kick in, things get good. Impatient? Skip ahead.

Ford Festiva Lawnmower

Ford Festiva Lawnmower

The Ford Festiva was a popular subcompact car sold from 1986 to 2002. You don’t see many on the road anymore. We like what Ginger Billy did with this old Festiva – converting it into a tiny pickup truck, then outfitting it with a powerful lawnmower. Now, Billy can cover more ground in less time and stay in the shade while he’s at it.

The Pogo Bicycle

The Pogo Bicycle

We’ve seen a bicycle that can walk, and another that can ride on ice, but this is the first time we’ve ever seen a bike that can jump. Scotty and Matty Cranmer of Can’t Slow Down show off their crazy creation, which has a pair of curved, spring-loaded pogo sticks in place of wheels.

Junk Yard Bubble Car

Junk Yard Bubble Car

Backyard engineer Geng Ge loves to make things out of parts he finds in the trash. Using a mix of junk and new parts, he built himself a bubble-shaped electric car that can maneuver in tight places. It features a curvy, stainless steel shell, wheels that can turn in any direction, a backup camera and a 32″ TV for navigation.

Convercycle Cargo Bicycle

Convercycle Cargo Bicycle

This unusual bicycle can expand to carry up to 180 kg (about 396 lb) of cargo at its center. Its rear wheel and drive chain fold down and out to provide extra space as needed. It’s also available with a pedal-assist electric motor to give you added momentum when carrying heavy loads.

Wild One MAX Supersize R/C Car

Wild One MAX Supersize R/C Car

A real buggy inspired by the 1980s Tamiya Wild One R/C car. The Wild One Max is an 8/10th-scale one-seater with an off-road suspension and an electric motor. It rides on 15″ tires, has Brembo disc brakes, a roll cage, and digital gauges. Its rear-wheel-drive system has 5.5 bhp and a top speed of 30 mph, but upgrades will be available.

Driven: 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Rubicon

Driven: 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Rubicon

Jeep’s most capable off-road SUV now comes in a plug-in hybrid. We spent a day driving the Wrangler 4xe on and off-roads around Austin, Texas, putting its powerful drivetrain to the test. Not only does the 4xe have 375hp and 470 lb-ft. of torque, it can drive up to 21 miles on pure electric power and does 0-to-60 in 6 seconds.

Win a 2021 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4

Help support charities when you enter to win this Python Green Porsche Cayman 718. It packs a 4.0L flat-6 engine with 414 hp, a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, and lots of upgrades, like adaptive sport seats in Race-Tex and leather, carbon fiber interior trim, LED headlights, BOSE audio and more. Awesomer readers earn double entries.

F9: Total Car-Nage

F9: Total Car-Nage

In anticipation of its upcoming release, the producers of F9 (aka Fast & Furious 9) released this short, but jam-packed reel featuring behind-the-scenes footage of some of the movie’s most epic and explosive automotive stunts. F9 hits theaters 6.25.2021.

Making a Bicycle from Chains

Making a Bicycle from Chains

We’ve seen how chains are made and learned about of the different kinds of chain. In this short video, The Q shows an unconventional use for chain by building a bicycle entirely from the stuff. The main trick is to weld the chain links together to form a stiff structure for the frame. We’re not sure we’d trust it off-road though.

Toyota TRD Camry Next Gen NASCAR Race Car

Toyota TRD Camry Next Gen NASCAR Race Car

The 670hp Toyota TRD Camry Next Gen is the coolest Camry ever. It has a new 18″ wheels, a new transaxle, an independent rear suspension, a sealed underbody, and upgraded cooling. Safety upgrades include new roll bars, foam nose and tail inserts, and a more centered driver’s position. Coming to the 2022 NASCAR Cup Series.

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Widebody Lada Conversion

Widebody Lada Conversion

The guys from Russian car hacking channel Garage 54 have outdone themselves with this crazy build. After cutting the driver’s side off one Lada and the passenger side off another, they tinkered with the mechanicals and welded them together. The result is a ridiculous extra-wide Lada that needs two drivers to steer. Part 2 here.

Aston Martin V12 Speedster DBR1 Spec

Aston Martin V12 Speedster DBR1 Spec

A while back, we got a look at the V12 Speedster in prototype form. Now, take a gander at the finished car. Slathered in Aston Martin Racing Green, this open-top 2-seater pays tribute to the DBR1, which won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1959. The Speedster has a 5.2L twin-turbo V12 that makes 690 hp, and does 0-to-60 in 3.4 sec.

Carving a Land Rover Defender

Carving a Land Rover Defender

We had a great time behind the wheel of the new Land Rover Defender. It’s a rugged, capable, and handsome ride that’s surprisingly smooth. Woodworking Art saw something in the Defender 110 X that he liked too, and decided to make it a subject for his masterful wood carving skills.

Win a Loaded 2021 Tesla Model S Performance

You could win this tricked out 2021 Tesla Model S. This high-end EV comes with Ludicrous and Ludicrous+ modes, self-driving capability, 21″ Sonic Carbon wheels, a premium interior with carbon fiber, and red multicoat paint,. Packing 778 hp, the sedan zooms from 0-to-60 in 2.3 sec. Awesomer readers get double entries.

Off-Road Car Twin Bed

Off-Road Car Twin Bed

Got an aspiring little off-roader in your house? Your kid will be the coolest in the neighborhood with this awesome bed that looks ready to hit the trails. The twin-sized bed has a Jeep-inspired design and features a steel roll cage with grab bars and chunky off-road tires. Its angled headboard is padded for safety.

Cigarette Lighter DeLorean

Cigarette Lighter DeLorean

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen an artist carve a model car from a cigarette lighter. In this video, Ank Creative shows how they took the plastic from lighters and cut, sanded, and glued the pieces together to create an intricate model of the iconic DeLorean DMC-12, best known from the Back to the Future movies.

Win a 2021 Ford Bronco Wildtrak

The new Ford Bronco is one of the most desired off-road vehicles in decades. Now you could win a Bronco Wildtrak, complete with the Sasquatch package. One lucky entrant will win this fully-loaded Cyber Orange Bronco while supporting the Museum of Boulder with their donation. Awesomer readers get 25% bonus entries.

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Shapeshifter Bicycle

Shapeshifter Bicycle

When you say the words “bicycle” and “shifter” together you’re probably talking about gearing. But Colin Furze’s latest whacked-out bicycle shifts in a whole different way. Its frame is made out of hydraulic rams, which can be adjusted in length so the bicycle can stretch, shrink, and grow while riding it.

Next Level Jeep Gladiator 6×6

Next Level Jeep Gladiator 6×6

California customizers Next Level took Jeep’s Gladiator pickup and upgraded it with a 6-wheel-drive system. It also has an extended 8-foot bed, a luxurious interior with Nappa leather, and an optional steel bumper, LED headlights, and a Warn winch. It’s available with a 2.0L I-4 turbo, 3.6L V6, or 3.0L V6 turbo diesel engine.

TruckVault Photography Gear Storage

TruckVault Photography Gear Storage

TruckVault creates in-vehicle storage systems for every profession and lifestyle. Their setups for photo gear secure and protect cameras, lenses, lights, tripods, and other accessories while keeping them readily accessible. Available for a wide variety of trucks, SUVs, and crossovers. They also make a drawer for car trunks.

Thermochromic Car Pigment

Thermochromic Car Pigment

The guys at DipYourCar are known for selling peel-off Plasti Dip coatings which give cars an eye-catching new look. Here, they show off a unique black pigment that turns clear when exposed to heat, so it exposes the car’s underlying lime green paint when in the sun or splashed with warm water.

Period Correct Automotive Service Books

Period Correct Automotive Service Books

Car enthusiasts are meticulous about maintaining their vehicles. Period Correct’s limited-edition journals are just the place to keep track of all the work you’ve done. Each notebook has pages for jotting down vehicle and drivetrain information, as well as boxes for documenting maintenance actions. Available in blue, red, or black.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

Hyundai finally makes good on its promised compact pickup truck. The 2022 Santa Cruz is based on the Tucson, but has a 4-foot bed with underbed storage. The mini truck will come with a standard 190hp 2.5L engine, with an optional 275hp turbocharged version with a dual-clutch transmission. AWD is available on all trims.

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