Cyclekarting is all about zooming about in tiny single-seat race cars. Each one is handbuilt, inspired by a famous vintage car, with a tiny engine, and skinny motorcycle wheels. eGarage introduces us to a group of enthusiasts who get together to share their passion and rally each year in Tieton, Washington. (Thanks Steven!)
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We’ve seen several life-size vehicles built from LEGO bricks, but most of them look as costly and complicated as the real cars they’re based on. The guys at LEGO remote-control maker BuWizz built something more down to earth – a working LEGO go-kart that can hold a human rider. It’s not fast, but it’s still nifty. (Thanks Rob!)
Volvo takes its already fun and stylish XC40 compact crossover, and makes it even more appealing, offering up a fully-electric model with an AWD powertrain, making 408hp, and zooming from 0-to-62 in 4.9 sec. It’s expected to have a range of about 248 mi, and can charge to 80% in 40 minutes on a fast-charger.
To promote some of the many high-tech features in its 2019 Sorento SUV, Kia and David&Goliath put together this precisely-choreographed promotional spot which manages to demonstrate 17 different capabilities in under 30 seconds, and over a distance of 335 feet. Read on for the full list of features.
We’ve always loved the sporty and playful looks of the Hyundai Veloster. Now its performance lives up to its looks thanks to a powerful 250 or 275hp twin-turbo engine, track-tuned suspension, a limited-slip diff, and more. After a week with this bad boy, we’re convinced it’s the most fun you can have with a new car for under $30K.
A duo of Porsches takes to one of world’s best roads – Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, and DJI was on hand to capture the action with their Mavic 2 Pro drone, FPV system, and Osmo Action camera. Whether you’re into cars, cinematography, technology, or travel, there’s a little something for everyone in this brief clip. BTS here.
Toyota went back to the drawing board with its hydrogen-electric sedan, turning a frog into a prince in the process. The stylish new car will move from FWD to RWD, riding on the same platform as the Lexus LS, enhancing its overall performance, and targeting 30% more range. Now if only the hydrogen infrastructure would catch up.
Kawasaki’s side-by-side UTV packs 2.5″ Fox shocks, offering 18.6″ of wheel travel in front and 21.1″ in the rear, and has a longer wheelbase and wider footprint than the competition. It rides on enormous 31″ x 10″ tires, wrapped around aluminum beadlock rims, and looks particularly badass in Lime Green with Metallic Onyx Black.
Chevrolet’s updated Colorado ZR2 off-road truck features a bold and aggressive new fascia and standard red tow hooks, while retaining its impressive Multimatic DSSV dampers, 2-inch lift, wide track, front and rear locking diffs, skid plates, and more. The truck will make its public debut at the 2019 SEMA show in Las Vegas.
Roborace is a new racing series with autonomous vehicles. Science reporter and smart guy Tom Scott scored some time with his hands off the wheel of one of these cars, while it did all of the work driving him around the UK’s famed Silverstone circuit. We’d love to see this at full speed, though safety concerns prevent that at present.
Currently destined for Europe only, Audi’s tricked-out compact crossovers have been lowered, given wide fender flares, 20″ or 21″ sport wheels, aero, brake, and exhaust upgrades, and pack a 5-cylinder turbo engine that makes 400 hp. The RS Q3 has a traditional crossover roofline, while the Sportback is sloped more aggressively.
Wide Open Baja offers incredible off-road experiences for adrenaline junkies. Drive a $100,000 purpose-built race buggy on the same treacherous dirt and rock trails that comprise the famed Baja 1000 course, and enjoy restful evenings after each days’ thrills.
Kosynier makes electric bikes that look like vintage boardtrack motorcycles. Nearly everything about the bike is custom, including the frame, the “tank” that holds the batteries, and the front suspension. It goes up to 31 mph and can be equipped with a 5000W motor.
A year after we hit the muddy trails of the Northwest OHV Park in Bridgeport, Texas to check out Toyota’s TRD Pro line, we returned to the spot with a fleet of Army Green 2020 Tacomas, Tundras, 4Runners, and Sequoias to get things dirty once more, and to answer the question: Just why are TRD Pro trucks and SUVs so good?
BMW updates its monstrously fun X6 M crossover with a twin-turbo V8 that makes either 593 hp, or 617 hp in Competition trim, which rides on 21-inch front wheels and 22-inch rears. It rocks a rear-biased all-wheel drive system with an active differential, along with a suspension that was fine tuned on the Nürburgring.
We’ve seen (and smelled) our share of smoked tire rubber over the years, but we’re totally captivated by Engineering Explained’s video of a burnout captured in front of a $40,000 FLIR T1K thermal camera that shows exactly which parts of the tires and brakes get hottest.
Thanks to the fine folks at Nissan USA, we managed to grab a couple of days behind the wheel of the GT-R 50th Anniversary Edition. This 565 hp, all-wheel drive sports car is powerful and precise as ever, but in Premium trim, it’s also refined and comfortable. Could this be the ultimate performance road trip machine?
We’ve featured some actual jet-powered vehicles, but the 2JetZ only looks like a jet fighter, with a vegetable steamer playing the part of the jet’s nozzle. Luis Rodriguez’s custom-built single-seater features an airplane-like cockpit, a 627hp turbocharged Toyota 2JZ engine, and is being made into a Hot Wheels toy for 2020.
Add an Amazon Alexa voice assistant to your car with this tiny 3.3″ x 1.9″ gadget. It has 8 microphones to ensure Alexa can hear you over music and road noise (within reason), and lets you ask questions, stream music and audiobooks, and much more. Requires a Bluetooth or aux input, and can mount on many car air vents.
Do you love trucks (or SUVs)? Then check out our friend Tim Esterdahl’s excellent YouTube channel. Tim’s honest, matter-of-fact style, and no B.S. opinions are a refreshing change of pace from slickly-produced automotive content, and he really knows his vehicles. Check out some of his videos, then subscribe.
The Q built one of the most insane custom bicycles we’ve ever seen. He replaced the standard wheels of his wide-tire bike with special rims that wear six shoes each instead of tires. It doesn’t look like the smoothest ride ever, but the shoe rubber does provide decent traction.
Does your car have ratty old cloth seats? Katzkin can give your ride a serious upgrade, with luxurious leather for seats, door panels, and consoles. Unlike seat covers, each one is precision cut to fit, and profesionally-installed. They come in a variety of colors and finishes, and look as good or better than factory-original leather.
Nissan’s full-size pickup truck gets a revamped look with three bold new grilles, a retuned 5.6L V8 that makes 400hp, a 9-speed automatic, standard Nissan Safety Shield, and upgraded cabin tech. The SL grade is a solid daily driver, the PRO-4X is ready for rugged terrain, the Platinum Reserve has a luxe interior.
Toyota’s rugged, body-on-frame SUV not only is getting upgrades like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Toyota’s latest TSS-P safety systems, but the new Venture Edition gets a Yakima Megawarrior roof rack with crossbars, 17″ gunmetal TRD wheels, and black accents. It looks really sweet in Barcelona Red metallic.
Thanks to the guys at The Brand Amp and iMotorsports, we got to spend a week living with the Polaris Slingshot SLR as our daily driver. This fast, agile, and kind of bonkers open-air 2-seater is a blast to drive, and is definitely the most fun you can have on three wheels.
Maker Laura Kampf teamed up with her friend Patrick, whose audio expertise helped her build an earthshaking sound system for the back of her 3-wheeler. The battery-powered audio system has six full-range speakers and a giant subwoofer. She should have named it “Boomtrike” though.
German performance tuner Brabus is making just 10 of these badass Mercedes-Benz G-Wagens, widened 4-inches over stock, and equipped with a 6.3L, twin-turbo V12 that makes 900 hp and 1,106 lb-ft. of torque. Equally impressive is its opulent interior, outfitted with quilted leather, Alcantara, carbon fiber, and aluminum.
The mid-size truck market is hotter than ever, and almost every manufacturer offers some kind of special off-road package. With the help of the Trail Trek Tour, we put four of the leading mid-size pickups head-to-head on a grueling off-road course built on top of an old coal mine in Pennsylvania’s gritty backcountry.
Lexus teamed up with Italian design studio Nuvolari Lenard and Marquis Yachts to create a production version of the Sport Yacht Concept. The 65-foot boat sleeps six, and is detailed with stainless steel, real wood trim, and custom furnishings throughout. This time, they went with Volvo Penta boat engines instead of Lexus V8s.
Make It Extreme is always building crazy stuff, and this build certainly fits that spec. This crazy wheelie vehicle features a tank tread, driven by a 2-stroke, 100cc scooter engine. Its driver sits atop a seat that floats above its moving tread, which tears along just inches below the rider’s junk, upping the danger factor.
Hot on the heels of the F8 Spider comes a very different convertible from the prancing horse. The Ferrari 812 GTS packs a front-mounted 6.5L V12 that cranks out 789hp and 529 lb-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful production convertible on the market. Does 0-to-62 in less than 3 seconds, and sounds phenomenal doing it.