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Drive In Wall Art

Drive In Wall Art

If you know internal combustion like the back of your hand, Drive In Wall Art is for you: mounted on sheets like childhood plastic models, each is made of replica vintage car parts.

Video: The Gauntlet

Video: The Gauntlet

Joshua Herron’s video of the 2009 Formula Drift Grand Prix is just sweet, sweet auto porn as drivers negotiate the notorious Wall, New Jersey track–hence his name, “The Gauntlet.”

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Flossie: Motorcycle Robot

Flossie: Motorcycle Robot

Used by Castrol to test its motor oils, Flossie is a robotic motorcycle rider that learns gear changes, clutch feel and throttle response with high accuracy–kinda like these bad boys.

ParaJet SkyCar

ParaJet SkyCar

ParaJet is now accepting refundable $16k deposits for its SkyCar, which flew from the UK to Africa; the design has evolved since then, but the car should be ready to deliver by late 2010.

Video: F-35 Lightning II

Video: F-35 Lightning II

Liked the F/A-18F time lapse? The 80s music is a bit jarring, but this F-35 Lighting II video is far more thorough with a thorough run-down of the assembly and flight test processes.

GT Golden Bike

GT Golden Bike

Win a Golden Race, win a GT Golden Bike; available in Zaskar and Marathon flavors, the bicycles are all-go and all-show with monocoque carbon fiber frames and XTR drivetrains.

Video: iQ Font

Video: iQ Font

Small as it may be, the iQ doesn’t strike us as a precision font-making tool–but that’s exactly what Toyota has done in the video above; you can download the actual iQ font here.

Fire Trick Bob

Fire Trick Bob

The name is about as strange as the bike itself: Fire Trick Bob is powered by an actual jet engine that runs on JP-4 jet fuel and gets 120,000 RPM; translation: Bob’ll knock your socks off.

Rally Fighter

Rally Fighter

Chosen from 21,000 submissions at Local-Motors.com, the Rally Fighter is pipe dream become reality: when built, it’ll pack a BMW 3.0L twin-turbo diesel good for 425 lb-ft of torque.

Audi A5 Sportback

Audi A5 Sportback

Audi’s A5 Sportback is official; essentially a five-door version of the A5 coupe with a tailgate, it’ll be coming to Europe September but most likely will skip the USA this time around.

$500k Bulletproof Bentley

$500k Bulletproof Bentley

JS Armoured’s customized Bentley Continental Flying Spur is a military-grade sleeper: the changes are all inside, with ballistic steel, bulletproof windows, run flat tires and kevlar floors.

For Sale: Ecto-1

For Sale: Ecto-1

Who we gonna call? Potentially you: Ecto 1, the 1959 Cadillac ambulance used for Ghostbusters by Universal Studios, is being sold on eBay–minus the proton packs, of course.

EVO VII vs. British Army

EVO VII vs. British Army

Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson takes a drug dealer’s EVO VII and pits it vs. the British Army; sure, it’s contrived and they’re firing tracers, but it’s tough saying no to harmless war porn. Part 2 here.

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Video: Tower Bridge Backflip

Video: Tower Bridge Backflip

Promoting Red Bull’s upcoming X-Fighters, FMX legend Robbie Madison takes on London’s Tower Bridge; not content to merely jump the span, he does a no-handed backflip.

Colorado XT Pontoon Boat

Colorado XT Pontoon Boat

The Colorado XT Pontoon Boat is a fishing minivan: sitting atop two 9-ft pontoons, it sports a 3-position seat, foot rests, storage basket, 20 pockets, and most importantly, cup holders.

1931 Miller V16 Racer

1931 Miller V16 Racer

Move over, Bugatti: the 1931 Miller V16 was the cream of the crop for a line of Indy-bred racing cars, and the only with a 16-cylinder engine; it’ll auction at RM Auctions next month.

Mirage GT Matt Edition

Mirage GT Matt Edition

The Yin to the Carbon Edition’s Yang, Gemballa’s Mirage GT Matt Edition swoops in with a stealth-bomber paint job, 670 hp/630 Nm of torque V10, 0-60 of 3.7s and 208 mph top speed.

Art: Audi Central Display

Art: Audi Central Display

Installed at the Goodwood Festival in England, Gerry Gudah’s Audi Central Display stands a whopping 105 feet high; it features an R8 on one end and a 1937 Streamliner at the other.

Google Autonomobile

Google Autonomobile

Not content to dominate Microsoft, Google’s Autonomobile takes on the car makers and takes out the driver: there’s no steering wheel or brakes, although it ironically includes a bar.

Core77 Dutch Master Bike

Core77 Dutch Master Bike

Celebrating New York bike culture and local manufacturing, Core77’s Dutch Master bicycle is based on a Worksman cruiser frame and is hand-built by Brooklyn’s KT Higgins.

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2010 Jaguar XJ

2010 Jaguar XJ

The 2010 Jaguar XJ is official: the all-aluminum chassis flagship sedan takes the design cues of the XF; the top model packs a 5.0L V8 with 510 hp, 461 lb-ft, good for a 0-60 of 4.7s.

Brooks Swift Saddles

Brooks Swift Saddles

For bicycle riders who appreciate name-brand cachet, Brooks is offering limited edition versions of its Swift Saddle in multiple colors; each celebrates various worldwide bike championships.

Techart Cayenne Diesel

Techart Cayenne Diesel

Techart’s Porsche Cayenne Diesel lets owners keep their fuel economy and emissions low while addressing its power shortfall: 290hp, 465 lb-ft and a 0-60 of 7.7s (down from 8.3s).

Competition/Plus Challenger

Competition/Plus Challenger

Hurst sets its sights squarely on the wallets of Hemi fans with the Competition/Plus Challenger SRT8; you’ll get an Eibach suspension, Magnaflow exhaust and Hurst 20″ alloys.

Montague Paratrooper Bike

Montague Paratrooper Bike

You know it’s for the military when Montague says its Paratrooper has “no heat signature”; it’s a 24-speed “tactical mountain bike” that folds without tools in less than 30 seconds.

2010 Hennessey Z700

2010 Hennessey Z700

Hennessey throws one heckuva bone to track-hungry ZR1 owners with the 2010 Z700, upping power from 638 to 705 hp, dropping 60 lbs of weight and adding 300 lbs of downforce.

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