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Racing Dynamics R50S/R35

Racing Dynamics R50S/R35

The 2011 5 Series isn’t out yet, but Racing Dynamics’ R50S and R35 already give BMW’s new sedan a beefy power bump; former nets 620 hp while the latter gets 410 hp/383.5 lb-ft.

Fighter Sidecar Mashup

Fighter Sidecar Mashup

Henrik Toth’s Fighter Sidecar Mashup may not be particularly road or air-worthy, but it’s one sweet flight of fancy; it features a mini-WW2 cockpit bolted on to a Yamaha Wild Star.

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Pastrana New Year’s Jump

Pastrana New Year’s Jump

Watch as Subie-maestro Travis Pastrana rings in 2010 with a New Year’s jump over 269 feet of water in Long Beach with his WRX STI, breaking teammate Ken Block’s 171-foot record.

Video: 2011 Mustang GT

Video: 2011 Mustang GT

Ford’s 2011 Mustang GT is official now, but nothing quite beats seeing it in motion: watch as Motor Trend takes its 412 hp, 390 lb-ft of torque 5.0L V8 for a test drive in the video above.

Jay Leno x Rendezvous

Jay Leno x Rendezvous

Jay Leno is the man: the talk show host offers up his own version of Claude Lelouch’s Rendezvous, driving us through Hollywood’s version of the Nurburgring in a 2011 SLS AMG.

WSTO BMW 135i V1.2

WSTO BMW 135i V1.2

The WSTO 135i V1.2 is tuner WheelSTO’s second iteration of their BMW 1er; it sports a US-spec quad exhaust, carbon fiber diffuser, matte black paint job, and a boost from 300 hp to 414 hp.

TPC Racing Cayman Turbo

TPC Racing Cayman Turbo

TPC Racing’s Cayman S Turbo Kit gives Porsche’s midship coupe the oomph that its owners have been lusting for; the intercooled kit boosts horsepower to 485 with only 5.5lbs of boost.

The Ultimate Triton

The Ultimate Triton

Described by designer Vincent Prat as Batman’s bike with a T-Rex fastback and Cat Woman’s curves, Ultimate Triton is all awesome; it’s an all-black, slim, and low-slung custom motorcycle.

Ford Mustang Boss 302R

Ford Mustang Boss 302R

Ford Racing’s Mustang Boss 302R ain’t no stripes and wheels photo-op; this is a Trans Am- or Grand Am-spec turnkey race car with a 5.0L V8, Brembos, race seats, and 25 gallon fuel cell.

BttF DeLorean Replica

BttF DeLorean Replica

Minus a working flux capacitor, this heavily modified 1981 DeLorean DMC-12 is as close as you’ll get to a replica of the car from Back to the Future; it’s now up for auction on eBay.

Video: Honda HSV-010

Video: Honda HSV-010

The NSX in all but name, catch a glimpse of Honda’s HSV-010 as engineers test it at the Suzuka Circuit; it’s production-feasible but track-only and packs a 3.4L V8 for GT500 racing.

Pedal Brain

Pedal Brain

Pedal Brain is like Nike+ but for pro cyclers; it uses ANT+ to link sensors with your iPhone or iPod Touch, resulting in real-time position and performance data for riders and coaches.

2011 Ford Mustang GT

2011 Ford Mustang GT

It’s not quite official, but the 2011 Ford Mustang GT finally breaks cover and puts itself back in the pony car wars; it’ll pack an all-aluminum 5.0L V8 good for 412 hp and 390 lb-ft of torque.

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Hexatech F1 Sim

Hexatech F1 Sim

For $192k you could buy a real car, but the Hexatech F1 Sim is made for hardcore racers; it sports three 42″ monitors, 6 degrees of freedom, and the same KERS tech found in F1 cars.

Lotus Exige S Type 72

Lotus Exige S Type 72

The Type 72 celebrates Lotus’ wildly successful F1 car of the same name; it sports gold-stitched microfiber seats, gold and black wheels, an adjustable roll bar, and twin oil coolers.

Gymkhana Two Remix

Gymkhana Two Remix

Ken Block and DC Shoes have released a bevy of videos in recent days, but we dare you to try and forget the Artist’s Remix; also: G2 Director’s Cut and Block vs. Pastrana. Thanks, everyone!

The Roddler

The Roddler

They grow up so fast (and furious): The Roddler brings hot-rod styling to tiny tots with a billet-machined aluminum stroller, carbon vinyl leatherette upholstery, fenders, and chrome grips.

Concept: Transparentius

Concept: Transparentius

No, it’s not an excuse to tailgate, but Art Lebedev’s Transparentius concept is a simple (although pricey) way of seeing around a truck: a camera up front projects video on the back door.

Video: Adam Savage x SBU

Video: Adam Savage x SBU

Focus Designs’ SBU (Self Balancing Unicycle) gets an unofficial endorsement (and some wheeltime) from MythBuster’s Adam Savage; Adam’s analysis? “It feels like the future!”

BMW Z4 sDrive35is

BMW Z4 sDrive35is

It’s not quite an M, but BMW’s 2011 Z4 sDrive35is gets an extra 35 hp/32 lb-ft of torque (+69 lb-ft with overboost), a deeper exhaust note, M Sport Suspension, and light-alloy 18″ wheels.

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Santa’s GE Sleigh

Santa’s GE Sleigh

Santa’s Sleigh gets future-proofed for the next decade above; basically a what’s what of future GE tech, this reindeer-less ride boasts OLED lighting, icephobic coatings, and sodium batteries.

Aston Martin: Carbon Black

Aston Martin: Carbon Black

Aston Martin’s DBS and V12 Vantage Carbon Black are back-to-back black; each sports carbon fiber/Kevlar seats, black leather stitching, and a piano black dash. Thanks, James!

For Sale: 1995 Ford GT90

For Sale: 1995 Ford GT90

It sounds like a used car, but Ford’s 1995 GT90 is neither used or just a car: the 250+ mph concept supercar gets auctioned 1/21/10 with a 6.0L V12 and an all-carbon fiber body.

2010 Thruxton SE

2010 Thruxton SE

Triumph’s 2010 Thruxton Special Edition is a café-racer style bike with a powder-coated red frame, Crystal White paint, blacked-out engine, and a top-of-the-line 865cc parallel twin.

RaceChairs Cuff Links

RaceChairs Cuff Links

RaceChairs’ automotive-inspired cuff links let even desk jockeys stay at the track; they include brakes, shifters, steering wheels, and speedometers with silver polished silver finishes.

2010 E-Class Cabriolet

2010 E-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes Benz’ 2010 E-Class Cabriolet focuses on all-year drivability with an acoustic soft top, turbulence reduction, and neck-level heating; it tops out with the 388 hp E 500 convertible.

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