Land Rover amps up its new Defender with supercharged V8 versions of the Defender 110 and Defender 90, cranking out 518hp, with 22″ alloys and quad exhaust. Inside, you’ll find Miko Suedecloth and Robustec accents. The V8 Carpathian Edition has metallic grey paint, a black roof, hood, and tailgate, and a satin-matte protective film.
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The Red Bull Soapbox Race is known for its madcap mix of creative, over-engineered, and downright oddball gravity-powered cars. In this video, the catalog seven of the worst designed vehicles, which were destined to fail spectacularly on race day. Who in their right mind thought rear-wheel steering was a good idea?
WhistlinDiesel is known for doing really stupid things with cars and trucks. This time, the guys built a 13-foot-tall steel A-frame, then hung a side-by-side ATV by its rear wheel hubs and tried to use it as a swing… we emphasize TRIED. At least they got to do this before they wrecked the RZR.
The V8-powered Lexus IS F went off the market in 2014. The Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance brings the V8 back, making 472 hp and 395 lb-ft. of torque. It builds on the crisp Lexus IS sedan, adding quad exhaust, 19″ Enkei sport wheels, adaptive suspension, a Torsen limited-slip diff, upgraded brake cooling, and more.
In 2019, Subaru Tecnica Int’l. built just 209 of the STI S209, a rocket of a car powered by a 341hp Boxer engine, a 6-speed manual gearbox, and all-wheel drive. Enter to win this one in Crystal White Pearl with Satin Gold wheels, and support veterans and children’s charities. Awesomer readers get 50% bonus entries. Ends 2.23.2021.
We’ve seen some pretty neat stuff created with those 3D drawing pens, but never anything on the scale of what The Q made. After building a skinny metal frame for structure, he painstakingly created the body panels, windows, and wheels for a life-size model of a Smart ForTwo city car. Here are parts one and two.
This Red Mist Metallic 2021 Stingray Convertible Z51 is a beauty. The winner will also get two memberships to the Jack Daniels Club at Watkins Glen and a two-day course from the Ron Fellows Performance Driving School. Donations benefit the International Motor Racing Research Center. Readers get 25% bonus entries.
This one-wheeled electric vehicle not only can ride over city streets but can handle rugged, off-road terrain. It has an air-spring suspension system with 3.3″ of vertical travel and an 18″x3″ tire for absorbing shocks. Its 2200W motor can hit speeds of 30 mph or more, and can climb angles up to 35 degrees.
Building on their racing and road car experience, McLaren’s Artura is a supercar with a hybrid powertrain. It’s built on a carbon fiber architecture and weighs just 3303 lb. Its twin-turbo V6 and electric motor make 671 hp, launching the car from 0-to-62 mph in 3.0 sec and 0-to-124 mph in 8.3 sec, towards a top speed of 205 mph.
Manufacturing motors for EVs and hybrids is a very different process from making conventional engines. In this video, you’ll go inside the factory where Audi produces its EV motors, and robots and humans work in concert to transform metal, plastic, and coils of copper wire into a modern and powerful mode of propulsion.
Grind Hard Plumbing Co. are known for their over-the-top rebuilds of toys like the Power Wheels Jeep and Barbie Power Wheels Mustang. More recently, they took one of those cheap pocket bikes you can buy on Amazon, increased its power by 10x, turned it into a snow bike, and finally, gave it a mountain bike suspension.
We already know that using saw blades as wheels can provide traction on ice. With this in mind, The Q replaced the wheels on his bicycle with gigantic circular saw blades, then took it for a little spin on a frozen lake. We know it looks cool, but it seems like this could end very badly.
How’d you like to win a tricked-out 2021 C8 Corvette AND a restomodded 1961 Corvette Roadster, packing a 525 hp LS3 V8? The folks over at Dream Giveaway will give one lucky entrant both of these awesome sports cars, while helping to support veterans and children’s charities. Awesomer readers get 50% bonus entries!
Every Rolls-Royce is, in fact, custom, but Justin Bieber’s “floating” Rolls takes customizing to the extreme. West Coast Customs turned Bieber’s 2019 Rolls-Royce Wraith into a nod to Rolls’ 103EX Vision 100 concept car, adding a custom audio system in the trunk to compliment the reimagined interior. Flashy? Yep. Classy? Jury’s out.
For its 100th anniversary, the Indian Motorcycle 2022 Chief has undergone a headlight-to-tailpipe redesign, blending old and new in six models with the powerful 116 cubic-inch Thunderstroke 111 motor. It’s a true road warrior, producing 108 ft-lb. of torque in all six gears, and aesthetics as only Indian can deliver.
Morris Models makes mechanical wooden models inspired by engines. They show how crankshafts, pistons, and other parts work in sequence to generate propulsion. They come in 7-cylinder, V-Twin, lawnmower, opposed aircraft, and Wankel rotary variants. They also make a model of a repeating weapon known as a Chu-Ko-Nu.
The expert car builders at SpeedKore bestowed this murdered-out 1970 Dodge Charger with more power than a Charger SRT Hellcat. It packs a 7.0L Hellephant 426 Hemi that makes 1000 hp and 950 lb-ft. of torque. Despite its retro looks, it has carbon fiber body panels, and its chassis has an integrated 14-point roll cage.
To promote their LYRIQ EV during Super Bowl LV, Cadillac remembers Tim Burton’s 1990 film Edward Scissorhands. Timothée Chalamet plays Edward’s son, who also has scissors for hands, and is pleased to find that the new Caddy has a hands-free driving mode. Winona Ryder reprises her role as Edgar’s mom Kim Boggs.
Enter to win this special car and support Cruise for a Cause and their fight against cancer. The Shelby GT500SE has the carbon fiber track pack and tech package, along with pulley and cooling upgrades to make more than 800 hp. This 1-of-1 “HOPE Edition” will come in deep Antimatter Blue metallic. Readers earn bonus entries.
Matt Denton of Mantis Hacks has been working on a LEGO-inspired go-kart made with larger than life 3D-printed plastic bricks. After countless hours on the project, he’s ready to take his creation for a test drive. You can check out the full series of build videos here.
Ford shook things up when they revealed they were making an electric crossover and calling it a Mustang. While it’s not a muscle car, the Mustang Mach-E is a most definitely a performance vehicle. We spent a week with the Premium AWD variant and were duly impressed with its power, handling, technology, and comfort.
After 17 years, Nissan’s garage-sized Frontier pickup has been redesigned with a bold new look. It packs a new 310 hp 3.8L V6 and 9-speed gearbox. The interior has a clean new look, and a much-needed technology overhaul. PRO-X and PRO-4X models get upgraded Bilstein shocks, skid plates, and 17″ off-road wheels.
Top fuel dragsters can accelerate from 0 to 335 mph in 3.6 seconds. While sheer horsepower is part of the equation, their massive rear tires are just as critical. Driver61 explains why dragster tires are designed the way they are and the physics that help them grip like mad and launch cars down the drag strip like a rocket.
The redesigned F-150 Raptor is even more off-road capable. With a new five-link rear suspension, it has up to 15″ of wheel travel, next-gen active FOX shocks, a new active exhaust, and up to 37″ tires for high-speed desert travel. It has an upgraded 3.5L EcoBoost V6, a 10-speed automatic, and a 36-gal tank for 500+ miles between fill-ups.
Dubai is known for its uber-rich residents and their extravagant oil-fueled lifestyles. But in recent years, some of their supercars have started to turn up stranded in the desert. Donut Media digs into this wild story of wealth and excess gone insane, who’s abandoned these cars, and how you might be able to buy one.
This custom 4-door Jeep Wrangler features a sturdy hardtop with mini windows and a roof rack that remind us more than a little of a classic Land Rover Defender. It also has painted steel wheels, limb riser wires, quad door steps, and a winch. The 4×4 can be equipped with 3.6L V6, 3.0L turbo diesel, or a 392ci V8 engine.
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