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Driven: 2022 Lexus LX 600

Driven: 2022 Lexus LX 600

Now in its 4th generation, Lexus LX 600 is everything the original LX was and more. More power, capability, technology, safety, comfort, and more luxury than ever. It’s powered by a new 3.5L Twin-Turbo V6 engine that makes 409 hp and 479 lb-ft. of torque that’s far more fuel-efficient than the outgoing V8.

Inside the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon

Inside the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon

Reporting for Pickup Truck Plus SUV Talk, automotive journalist and friend of The Awesomer, Micah Wright headed to the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon for an up-close look at some of the weird and wonderful custom SUVs, trucks, and vans on display on the show floor. That Daihatsu Midget truck is bonkers. Watch part two here.

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LEGO Flywheel Car

LEGO Flywheel Car

GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines built this unique LEGO Technic vehicle that stores energy in a flywheel. A rig consisting of 21 Powered-Up L motors and six Smart Hubs transfers power to the flywheel, then the car can continue driving on its own. It doesn’t go very far but has enough torque to climb a hill.

The Ice Hoverboard

The Ice Hoverboard

We’ve seen how circular saw blades can be used to provide traction on ice – at least until they cut all the way through. The Q modified one of those wheeled “hoverboards” to ride on saw blades. He added metal plates to each of the blades’ teeth so it doesn’t dig in as much, but we still wouldn’t want to fall onto them.

Ghostbusters: ECTO-1 3D Puzzle

Ghostbusters: ECTO-1 3D Puzzle
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Wrebbit’s 280-piece puzzle lets you assemble a 3D model of the Ghostbusters’ ECTO-1 station wagon. The car is covered with lots of movie-accurate photographic details, from the license plates to the roof rack filled with gadgets for detecting and dealing with the paranormal. The finished model measures 14.5″ x 4.75″ x 5.5″.

Playmobile Knight Rider K.I.T.T.

Playmobile Knight Rider K.I.T.T.

Fans of Knight Rider will immediately recognize this murdered-out 1982 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am as K.I.T.T. Playmobil’s version plays original voice clips and activates its scanner light when you touch its hood. The set includes poseable figures of Michael Knight, Bonnie Barstow, and Devon Miles. Drops May 2022.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone

The 2022 Toyota Tundra gets a luxury model, decked out with 22″ chrome wheels, chrome mirror caps, semi-aniline leather seats, power running boards, a 14″ touchscreen, a 10″ heads-up display, ambient lighting, and more. It comes with Toyota’s i-Force MAX powertrain, which makes 437 hp and 583 lb-ft. of torque.

Papercraft Hayabusa

Papercraft Hayabusa

Watch an artist make this incredibly precise model of a Suzuki GSX 1300R Hayabusa motorcycle entirely out of paper and glue. Every tiny detail is there, from the engine to the dashboard gauges to the drive chain. It’s just one of several intricate papercraft models you can find on the Paper Modelling YouTube channel.

BMW iX Flow Concept

BMW iX Flow Concept

BMW turned up at CES 2022 with a uniquely eyecatching version of its all-electric iX crossover wrapped in E Ink panels, the same display material used in e-readers. The technology allows the vehicle to change from black to white and shades of grey as it transitions. The video explains how they created it.

Chrysler Airflow Concept

Chrysler Airflow Concept

Chrysler looks towards its future with a streamlined electric crossover. It has an expected driving range of 350 to 400 miles and Level 3 autonomous driving tech. Its graceful exterior incorporates slimline LED lighting while its upscale interior has customizable screens for each passenger. We hope to see it in production by 2025.

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX

Mercedes-Benz Vision EQXX

Mercedes-Benz’s EQXX concept electric sedan aims to do away with range anxiety. The sleek and luxurious car has a target driving range of 620 mi or 1000 km thanks to reduced battery weight and aerodynamic efficiency. Other highlights include a solar roof for accessory charging and an ultra-wide digital dashboard.

Inside a Million Dollar Motorhome

Inside a Million Dollar Motorhome

Enes Yilmazer is known for touring some of the world’s most exclusive homes, yachts, and destinations. In fact, the $1.25 million Dembell motorhome is the least expensive item we can find on his channel. The Mercedes-based luxury RV is packed with technology and comfort, and even has a garage in back that can hold a Smart car.

Underground Parking Elevator

Underground Parking Elevator

This unique system parks cars in an underground garage while taking up minimal space. TreviPark’s silo-shaped parking lot has spaces set up in a circular arrangement around a central elevator which can rotate to access a specific car, then lift it to the surface. Here’s an interior view from another car’s perspective.

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DIY Security Mech

DIY Security Mech

Builder Handy Geng was worried about leaving his uncle alone to watch his workshop, so he did what any mad inventor would and built a mech to help guard the premises. It has caterpillar tracks like a tank, punching metal fists, and water guns which really should have been flamethrowers. English subtitles available.

Personal Amusement Park Ride

Personal Amusement Park Ride

Usually, you have to stand in line at an amusement park if you want to go on a thrill ride. But with this rolling car you can spin yourself silly in the comfort of your own driveway. You can buy one for yourself on Alibaba if you dare. And there’s no way this thing is street-legal, so don’t even try.

Tiny Japanese “Supercar”

Tiny Japanese “Supercar”

This Japanese kei car has supercar looks, but the Autozam AZ-1 wasn’t exactly a powerhouse. Donut Media takes some time up close and personal with this awesome little lightweight that Mazda made from 1992-1995. Like a real exotic, it’s got a mid-rear-mounted, turbocharged engine, gullwing doors, and zero cargo space.

World’s Fastest Gaming PC

World’s Fastest Gaming PC

SEGA teamed up with Intel and ASRock to build an impressively quick gaming PC. But it’s not just the Core i9-12900K CPU and Radeon RX 6900 XT OC 16GB GPU that make it fast. The whole thing is built into a remote-controlled car that can hit speeds up to 100 km/h, or about 62 mph. SEGA is giving it away to one lucky winner.

AMPD 2

AMPD 2

Baja 1000 champ Alan Ampudia is back with a sequel to his epic trophy truck stunt film AMPD. This time, he drove through Cabo San Lucas, Mexico to catch some crazy air, kick up lots of dirt, and show off sponsor Toyo Tires’ rugged Open Country A/T III tires.

Blowing up a Broken Tesla

Blowing up a Broken Tesla

After learning that replacing the dead battery in his 2013 Tesla Model S would cost more than $20,000, its owner decided that it would be more fun to blow up the car than to repair it. So he donated his ride to the Beyond the Press and a team of explosive experts who loaded it up with dynamite and blew it to smithereens.

Win a Numbers-Matching 1969 Corvette Stingray

This 1969 Corvette has its original big-block V8 and 4-speed manual gearbox and looks as good as the day it drove off the lot. One entrant will win this orange beauty while supporting PAL’s Heroes, which supports St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s efforts to cure childhood cancer. Awesomer readers earn 35% bonus entries.

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CyberKAT R/C Snowcat

CyberKAT R/C Snowcat

Ryan Butler of Spyker Workshop built this powerful electric vehicle with a design clearly inspired by Tesla’s Cybertruck. The 29″ long remote-controlled snowcat is remarkably quick, zooming across rugged and snowy terrain with ease. The kit is available for pre-order for $1299 to $1499, with the first orders shipping in Q1 2022.

MegaRexx MegaBronc

MegaRexx MegaBronc

MegaRexx specializes in upgrading for Ford Super Duty trucks. The custom-built MegaBronc started as a 2021 F-250, but now seats seven, and has a removable hardtop. Powered by a 6.7L V8 turbodiesel engine, it rides on enormous 40″ mud-terrain tires, and has a custom grille inspired by its namesake Ford Bronco.

Deep Cleaning a Flooded Car

Deep Cleaning a Flooded Car

You might think that a flood-damaged car would be bound for the scrapyard, but the guys from WD Detailing did an amazing job removing layers of caked-on mud and grime from this Pontiac Firebird WS6. It was originally going to be sold for parts, but it’s actually running again after the cleanup. Original video here.

Ascento Pro Robot

Ascento Pro Robot

Ascento’s agile robot has a pair of articulated legs which roll on bicycle wheels. This design allows it to ride on uneven surfaces, up and down hills, and even climb stairs with ease. It can autonomously drive at speeds up to 12 km/h and 8 hours per charge.

Fan Favorite Red Bull Soapbox Cars

Fan Favorite Red Bull Soapbox Cars

Over the years Red Bull has sponsored some great soapbox races, each featuring a number of wild and wacky homebrew vehicles. This video looks back at six of the all-time great race performances, from an Easter Island statue on wheels to a couple of eggs in a frying pan. The backwards camper is our favorite.

Driveway Turntable

Driveway Turntable

Backing into traffic from a driveway or parking pad can be challenging and downright dangerous with fast-moving vehicles. Irish company Driveway Turntables solves this problem with their in-ground turntable system, which can automatically turn a car around, so it’s facing forward on your way out.

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