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Driven: 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser First Edition

Driven: 2024 Toyota Land Cruiser First Edition

After a three-year absence in the U.S., the Toyota Land Cruiser is back and marks a return to its adventurous roots in terms of style. We spent a few days getting to know the Land Cruiser First Edition and see if its performance and capabilities live up to its tough new looks.

Building a Wooden Car Based on an AI Design

Building a Wooden Car Based on an AI Design

ND Woodworking Art is back with another amazing handcrafted wooden vehicle. But rather than starting with a real-world sports car or truck for inspiration, he built this one based on an AI-generated design. The curvy and fanciful ride looks like something Willy Wonka might drive around his chocolate factory.

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2025 Ford Mustang GTD Performance Pack

2025 Ford Mustang GTD Performance Pack

In addition to the Mustang GTD’s 800 hp supercharged V8, the Performance Pack adds aero and lightweight upgrades, including dive planes, a large front splitter, underbody flaps, and 20-inch magnesium wheels. We also finally get to see its interior, which includes Recaro seats, a sport steering wheel, titanium paddle shifters, and a suspension viewing window.

Lexus Monogram GX Cooks Pizzas + Serves Drinks

Lexus Monogram GX Cooks Pizzas + Serves Drinks

Lexus teamed up with luxury appliance brand Monogram to create the ultimate pizza kitchen on wheels. This special Lexus GX 550 has a Monogram Smart Flush Hearth Oven in its cargo area, split rear doors with a wine and spirits bar, and storage for a pizza peel. The Monogram GX will be on display at the Food & Wine Classic, June 14-16, in Aspen, CO.

Throwing Pots on a Car Wheel

Throwing Pots on a Car Wheel

Usually, when you want to throw a pot, you put clay on a potter’s wheel that sits parallel to the ground. Ceramicist Ilya Kalashnikov decided to see what would happen if you turned the potter’s wheel on its side and attempted to create a vase from clay stuck to a spinning car wheel. It starts better than we thought it would, but gravity always wins.

BMW Concept Skytop

BMW Concept Skytop

The BMW Concept Skytop is a chunky yet clean two-seater that takes cues from the Z8 and the 503. Its muted silver coat transitions into a reddish-brown tone at the rear. The latter matches the interior and the two-piece hardtop, both of which are clad in leather. BMW Blog has an extended look at the concept car.

World’s Tallest Rideable Bicycle

World’s Tallest Rideable Bicycle

Nicolas Barrioz and David Peyrou set the Guinness World Record for the tallest rideable bicycle. Their unwieldy Starbike is 25 feet 5 inches tall, giving its rider a higher vantage point than standing on the roof of a two-story house. The steel- and wood-framed bike requires a full pit crew and a crane to stand it up, though.

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DAB 1α Electric Motorcycle

DAB 1α Electric Motorcycle
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DAB Motors’ first production electric motorcycle is being made in the historic Peugeot factory in France. But it also has a juvenile side to it. Inspired by racing video games, the DAB 1α has a Nitrous button for quick boosts. It has a 25.5kW motor, a repairable 7.1kWH battery, Brembo brakes, Peugeot ABS, and Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires. Limited to 400 units.

The Nairn Desert Buses

The Nairn Desert Buses

In the 1930s, the Nairn Transport Company created a unique mode of transportation for crossing the Syrian Desert. The enormous 80-foot tractor-trailer buses carried 40 passengers at a time from Damascus to Baghdad and offered comforts like a kitchenette, beds, and air conditioning. Calum Raasay has the full story of this fascinating ride.

Shadow Six Racing Typhoon JetSki UTV

Shadow Six Racing Typhoon JetSki UTV

Enjoy the suspension travel of a UTV but prefer watersports? Custom built by Shadow Six Racing, the Typhoon combines a Polaris RZR off-road vehicle with a pair of supercharged jet skis for high-speed thrills on the water. Despite its $250,000 price tag, its maker already has more than 250 reservations for the 800-horsepower titanium and carbon fiber beast.

The Minibago

The Minibago

While this miniature Winnebago won’t take you cross-country, it is still totally awesome. Built by Travis Moore of Toy Factory Fabrication, the Minibago was built atop a Yamaha G29 golf cart and has fun features like remote-controlled water cannons and trucker air horns. Kathryn from the YouTube travel channel Mark & Kathryn got an up-close tour of this adorable thing.

2024 Jeep Wagoneer S

2024 Jeep Wagoneer S

The all-electric Jeep Wagoneer S looks fantastic and has some impressive specs and features. The sporty SUV delivers 600 hp and 617 lb-ft. of torque, launching from 0-to-60 in just 3.4 sec. Expect a range of 300+ miles and luxury features like real leather, McIntosh audio, displays for days, and power seats with massage, heat, and ventilation in the Launch Edition.

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2025 Kia EV3

2025 Kia EV3

If the Kia Soul and EV9 had a baby, it would be the new EV3. This 169″ long electric crossover has a boxy and playful look and offers a quick-charging 58.3kWh or 81.4kWh battery. Inside, it has an uncluttered look with a multi-screen 30″ display, a slide-out console table, and seats and surfaces made from sustainable materials. Watch the premiere video here.

Driven: 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST First Edition

Driven: 2024 Chevrolet Silverado EV RST First Edition

While it shares a name with Chevy’s most popular pickup, the Silverado EV is a totally different vehicle. Riding on GM’s Ultium electric platform, the top-of-the-line RST First Edition is one of the most versatile trucks we’ve ever driven. It offers exceptional driving range, carries larger items than most pickups, and can even power your home in an emergency.

Driving on Tires Made from Nails

Driving on Tires Made from Nails

Garage 54 proves yet again that just because something can be done doesn’t mean it should be done. This time, the Russian auto channel fabricated a set of tires made from thousands of individual nails, then fitted their Mercedes G-Wagen with them to see how it would handle. They provide good grip on snow and ice, but they gather more trash than a Katamari.

Piloting the Pedaalbeest

Piloting the Pedaalbeest

Taking inspiration from Theo Jansen’s legendary strandbeests, artists Aat Dirks and Ad Lakerveld created their own walking vehicle. Their Pedalbeest isn’t driven by the wind or motors; it runs entirely on pedal power. Replacing legs with wheels means it’s not exactly an efficient mode of transportation, and it requires its rider to pedal backward to go forward.

Making a 10-Cylinder, 2-Stroke Engine

Making a 10-Cylinder, 2-Stroke Engine

Here’s one for the gearheads. Let’s Learn Something built one of the craziest engines ever. He started with ten 2-stroke engines – the kind found in mopeds – disassembled them, then welded together their blocks. He then cut the whole thing in half to insert a ridiculously long crankshaft to drive its pistons. The finished inline-10 engine is a sight to behold.

Driving a Turbo-Diesel Rice Tractor

Driving a Turbo-Diesel Rice Tractor

Decorated with rainbows and unicorns, this wild-looking vehicle serves a practical purpose. CB Media takes a look at the tractors some farmers in Thailand use to harvest rice. These custom-built turbo-diesel machines ride on tank tracks, can turn on a dime, and keep their driver elevated above marshy rice fields. They’re not exactly environmentally friendly.

Genesis X Dog Concept

Genesis X Dog Concept

Luxury automaker Genesis thinks dogs should be just as calm and comfortable as humans while on the road. Their X Dog Concept is an accessory unit that sits in the cargo area of the whisper-quiet GV70 Electrified SUV. It features a heated dog bed, a ramp, ambient lighting, and an electric shower and hairdryer for cleaning up after muddy adventures.

MOD Easy SideCar 3 Electric Bicycle

MOD Easy SideCar 3 Electric Bicycle
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While you can get Mod Bikes’ Easy 3 electric cruiser as a standalone bicycle, we think it works and looks best in its sidecar configuration. The Easy SideCar 3 can carry up to 150lb. It has a handbrake, D-rings, and a removable seat and seatbelt. The bike itself has a new smart display, torque sensing assist, and preset ride modes.

Bentley Batur Convertible

Bentley Batur Convertible

This gorgeous specimen is a coachbuilt open-top grand tourer. Limited to just 16 examples, the Batur Convertible is a dramatic 2-seater powered by Bentley’s revered W12 engine, producing 739 hp and 738 lb-ft. of torque. The prototype looks incredible with its Vermillion gloss and satin paints and 22-inch wheels in Dark Titanium and Vermillion paint.

Making a Monotrack Bike

Making a Monotrack Bike

After doodling a sketch of a motorized bike that runs on a tank tread, maker Jake Carlini was inspired to build a version of his creation that he could actually ride on. He started by removing the sidewalls from a tire and figured out how to drive it with electric skateboard motors. We love how Jake builds his projects using wood and off-the-shelf hardware.

Driven: 2025 Subaru Forester

Driven: 2025 Subaru Forester

The Subaru Forester’s 2025 redesign impresses. It’s a great compact SUV, one for the masses (at least compared to its history, in which it was better for people who like forests more than people). It’s a thoughtful evolution with a new platform and body that works its proportions like a Pixar mom to stuff the most possible… sass… into that robust rear end. 

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