THE BEST Rides

BigDog Quadbike

BigDog Quadbike

This 4-wheeled, 4-person recumbent bike is a marvel of modern mechanical engineering. See it up close and personal at Detroit’s Maker Faire 7/31-8/1. Maybe you can beg for a ride.

2-Person Submarine

2-Person Submarine

Go on a romantic date to the bottom of the sea in this 2-person electric sub, capable of diving up to 6 hours at depths down to 1,000 feet, to explore exotic oceanic species. (Thanks for the tip, Ron!)

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2010 9ff GT9-R

2010 9ff GT9-R

While the Porsche-based custom 2009 9ff may not have been a real looker, it certainly had the goods under the hood. This 2010 model has the looks to back up the power. All 1120 horses of it.

Brammo Empulse Electric

Brammo Empulse Electric

Significantly upping the ante over last year’s Enertia, the Brammo Empulse can go 100 miles per charge, and crank out speeds up to 100mph. Not too shabby for an all electric motorcycle.

Life-Size Optimus Prime

Life-Size Optimus Prime

In an attempt to keep up with Japan’s giant Gundam, China has built a 32-foot tall version of Transformer’s big bot, using 10,108 junk car parts. Check it out the next time you’re in Beijing.

Green Samba Personal Watercraft

Green Samba Personal Watercraft

The agile electric Green Samba from Silveira Customs is designed to feel like an extension of the driver’s body. The lightweight craft features military-based twin direct electric propulsion pods.

Ferrari 458 Italia Challenge

Ferrari 458 Italia Challenge

Building on the awesome 458 Italia, the 458 Challenge gets a gear ratio upgrade to ensure higher torque at low revs, and shaves significant weight off its base model to help it speed along.

Ford Focus RS 500 Production

Ford Focus RS 500 Production

Watch as Ford’s team at its Saarlouis plant in Germany puts together the stealthy limited-edition Focus RS 500. Want to own one? Unfortunately, all 500 units of the RS 500 have already been sold.

HXC BMX Wheelchair

HXC BMX Wheelchair

While there are plenty of wheelchairs out there for athletes, the HXC is a unique beast, providing physically-challenged riders with an BMX-like experience, going just about anywhere.

Golden Audi R8

Golden Audi R8

Did you like the stealthy Audi R8 Valkyrie? Looking for something flashier? Then you’ll love this one, spotted in Moscow, Russia: an R8 wrapped in gold. Our eyes are burning from the shine.

Gary Fisher Gritty Bike

Gary Fisher Gritty Bike

The Gritty from Gary Fisher is a “bomb-proof” (according to their website) steel single speed or fixed gear ride with hybrid tires and urban style for a pretty reasonable price. Available Fall 2010.

DieHard x Gary Numan

DieHard x Gary Numan

New Wave performer Gary Numan conducts an orchestra of car horns playing his classic hit Cars, all powered by a single DieHard battery. Corporate America, this is how to make a viral commercial.

Marussia B1

Marussia B1

The Marussia is Russia’s first sports car. Featuring dramatic industrial design, the B1 offers up an ample, if not Earth-shattering 300-hp 3.5-liter V6, and can do 0-to-60 in less than 5 seconds.

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ARC Rescue Chopper

ARC Rescue Chopper

Designer Leong Huang Zi envisions a future in which his duo-fan propeller aircraft is saving lives. While this concept military chopper will probably never see the light of day, we still think it’s cool.

Mercedes G-Wagon LAPV 6.X

Mercedes G-Wagon LAPV 6.X

The G-Wagon LAPV 6.X Concept, the latest armor plated military version of Mercedes’ legendary SUV, features a common rail diesel engine and adjustable suspension with 18″ ground clearance.

Bendable Bicycle

Bendable Bicycle

Created by British designer Kevin Scott, this unusual bicycle has the unique distinction of being able to be bent around a light pole for storage and security, then straightened back out for riding.

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport

Officially the fastest production car in the world, the Veyron 16.4 Super Sport has an all-carbon monocoque and a massive 1,200hp 16-cylinder engine, propelling the car up to 268mph.

Bimota DB8 Motorcycle

Bimota DB8 Motorcycle

Bimota’s DB8 Biposto 2 seat motorcycle offers Marocchi and Extreme Tech front/rear suspension and Ducati’s 1198 Testastretta Evoluzione engine with 170 hp and 97 lb/ft of torque.

The World’s Largest Skateboard

The World’s Largest Skateboard

The guys at California Skateparks recently unleashed this incredibly large skateboard, capable of holding multiple riders at the same time. Not the safest looking ride on earth, but still amazing.

The Astroghini

The Astroghini

The unholy offspring of minivan and exotic car, it’s one of the stranger vehicles to hit eBay in some time. The mutant 1994 Astro has a thrilling 4.3 liter turbo V-6 and 211,615 miles on the odo.

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eROCKIT Hybrid Bicycle

eROCKIT Hybrid Bicycle

The eROCKIT is a manually powered hybrid bike with top speed of 50mph. The pedals act as battery charger and accelerator; the quicker you pedal the faster it goes. (Thanks for the tip, Gumsandals!)

Renault DeZir Concept

Renault DeZir Concept

French automaker Renault isn’t known for their exotic styling, but their all-electric DeZir two-seater concept tells a different story, with gull-wing doors, and an aggressive low-profile cabin.

Mad Max Papercraft

Mad Max Papercraft

You’ve gotta hand it to the guy who designed these incredible papercraft models of The Road Warrior’s V-8 Interceptor. Choose a template with dirt or without. Mel Gibson action figure not included.

Mini Cooper Camden Edition

Mini Cooper Camden Edition

The Camden 50th anniversary package not only involves cosmetic upgrades; it also makes the Mini speak. The engine, climate and coach each have their own voices and can even talk to each other.

F1 London Pit Stop

F1 London Pit Stop

Last year, Red Bull had a NASCAR racer take a pit stop at Times Square. This time Londoners were treated to an exciting morning when F1 driver Mark Webber made a pit stop in front of Big Ben.

Dagger GT: Super-Fast Supercar

Dagger GT: Super-Fast Supercar

Can you handle a 2000-hp engine? How about the quarter-mile in less than 6.7 seconds, 0-to-60 in 1.5, and a top speed of 300 mph? Only 5 will be made in 2011, so get your checkbook out now.

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