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Ariel Atom 3

Ariel Atom 3

Now available: the Ariel Atom 3’s steel tube chassis exposes you to the elements, but it won’t take much time getting from A to B: it boasts a 0-60 of 2.9s and weighs just 1,375 lbs.

OnStar Mobile

OnStar Mobile

OnStar’s Mobile app for iPhone, Storm, and Droid literally plugs you into your Chevy Volt: start or charge the car, lock/unlock the doors, or check battery levels, range, and MPG.

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BMW M Power Meter

BMW M Power Meter

You don’t have to own an M to try out BMW’s M Power Meter for the iPhone and iPod Touch; the free app lets you calculate your own g-forces and 0-60 times–legally, of course.

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

2011 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Available summer 2010, Cadillac’s 2011 CTS-V Coupe joins their high-performance line with the same 556 hp V8 in the sedan, auto or manual 6-speed transmission, and Brembo brakes.

Challenger P.A. Package

Challenger P.A. Package

With a non-functional scoop, spoiler, and stripes, Mopar’s Performance Appearance Package for the Dodge Challenger may be the epitome of all-show and no-go; still, we like it.

Car Art: Michell Collet

Car Art: Michell Collet

Mitchell Collet’s sculptures aren’t just any old car parts; they’re slices of automotive history, including the side panel from a 1967 Honda R300 or the grille of a 1961 Aston Martin Zagato.

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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!”

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