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Win This Rare 2019 Subaru STI S209

Win This Rare 2019 Subaru STI S209

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 with your donation. Awesomer readers get 50% bonus entries.

The Wooden Supercar

The Wooden Supercar

Designer and automotive enthusiast Joe Harmon wanted a sports car that stood out from the crowd. Rather than a Lambo or Ferrari, he built his own custom supercar. Known as The Splinter, the unique car features a chassis, body, and interior made mostly from wood. Naturally, the drivetrain is made from conventional materials.

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Acura RDX PMC Edition

Acura RDX PMC Edition

The ultimate incarnation of Acura’s sporty RDX crossover gets slathered in the rich Thermal Orange Pearl paint from the NSX supercar. It also gets the RDX Advance and A-Spec packages, SH-AWD, 20″ black alloy rims, gloss black trim, and leather, Ultrasuede, and orange stitching inside. Just 360 of the vehicles will be made.

Ninebot Gokart PRO

Ninebot Gokart PRO

Mobility company Segway’s Ninebot division presents a tricked-out version of its Gokart. Its electric motors make more than 70 lb-ft of torque with a top speed of 23 mph. It has a handbrake and drift assist mode, drift-optimized tires, a rear wing, and more. Maximum acceleration is 1.02G – about 1.5x the previous model.

Spirgrips Plus

Spirgrips Plus

Developed by a physical therapist and bike enthusiast, these unique handlebar grips are designed to improve ergonomics and comfort by rotating your hands into a more natural position when riding. They also help to reduce vibrations. Available in composite or carbon fiber materials.

2021 Jaguar F-PACE

2021 Jaguar F-PACE

Jaguar’s excellent and sporty AWD crossover gets refreshed with slim new quad LED headlights, a more modern and refined new interior with an 11.4″ curved glass touchscreen, and updated 3.0L supercharged engines with 48V hybrid tech, making either 335 hp or 395 hp, as well as a torquey 2.0L turbo-4 that makes 246 hp.

Popsicle Stick Motorcycles

Popsicle Stick Motorcycles

Unexpected is an expert at building things out of popsicle sticks and glue. Unlike other constructions that still look like sticks, he manages to create objects that look more like carvings from a block of wood. Here, he show off a popsicle Ducati 899 Panigale, which is one of four wooden motorcycles he built.

A Huge Bug

A Huge Bug

The classic VW Beetle is not a big car, and that’s part of its charm. It’s also cramped. So a father and son duo decided to build themselves a super-sized bug that’s 40% larger than the original. They digitized every part of a 1959 Beetle, then upscaled them to create fabrication templates. Its chassis started as a Dodge truck.

2022 Genesis G70

2022 Genesis G70

We’ve been fans of the Genesis G70 since it first hit the scene in 2018. Now the sport sedan looks better than ever with a sophisticated new look that takes direct aim at European luxury brands. In addition to a refined new front and rear end, the interior gets a new 10.25″ infotainment screen and a rich purple leather option.

Electric Rallycross Car Test

Electric Rallycross Car Test

Built by STARD Austria for the FIA’s World Rallycross Projekt E series the Ford Fiesta ERX is an impressive pure electric race car capable of hitting 60 mph in just 1.8 seconds. Watch as pro driver Ken Block puts its 600 hp and 800 lb-ft. of torque to the test on the track, then leaves just a bit of rubber on the tarmac.

Thermochromic Car Pigment

Thermochromic Car Pigment

The guys at DipYourCar are known for selling peel-off Plasti Dip coatings which give cars an eye-catching new look. Here, they show off a unique black pigment that turns clear when exposed to heat, so it exposes the car’s underlying lime green paint when in the sun or splashed with warm water.

The Upside-down Van

The Upside-down Van

For no reason other than to say it could be done, Coby from Michigan’s 545 Lawn Care took an old 1985 GMC van and flipped its body 180º. Not only does it drive upside-down, but it also drives in reverse, stupefying everyone it passes on the road. It’s built on a custom chassis and its roof-mounted wheels even spin as it rolls along.

Aston Martin Victor

Aston Martin Victor

Incorporating elements of the One-77 and Vulcan supercars, this incredible one-off Aston Martin is one of the most drop-dead gorgeous cars we’ve ever laid eyes on. Under its long hood, it packs a 7.3L V12 that makes 836 hp, connected to its rear wheels via a 6-speed manual gearbox. Despite its race car underpinnings, it’s road legal.

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Infinity LED Tail Lights

Infinity LED Tail Lights

We’re not sure if they’re street legal, but we think every car should have taillights like the ones on this 1991 Nissan Skyline GTS-4. Steve Molans of Skeptik Innovations built these custom lights which use RGB LEDs and mirrors to create an infinite effect and can change colors. They still work as normal brake lights and turn indicators.

Pikes Peak Pavement POV

Pikes Peak Pavement POV

Strap in for a thrilling mountain ride in the 2020 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb, courtesy of driver Kash Singh, who strapped a camera to the front of his turbocharged 2017 Ford Mustang GT. What makes the perspective even more exciting is how low the camera was mounted, offering a tremendous sense of speed.

Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept

Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept

Jeep sets its sights on the luxury market with a boxy and stately new three-row SUV. In concept form, it packs air suspension, a plug-in hybrid drivetrain, and a luxe interior decked out in leather, metal, and wood. Its dash is loaded with screens, there’s a McIntosh audio system, and a huge panoramic glass roof overhead.

Hennessey Mammoth 6×6

Hennessey Mammoth 6×6

Because the 702 horsepower Ram 1500 TRX isn’t enough, Hennessey Performance Engineering has taken the pickup and bestowed it with an extra set of wheels, and a tuned 7.0-liter Hellephant engine that makes more than 1200 hp. Hennessey will build just three of the $500,000 trucks, which go on sale 9.4.2020 at noon CST.

Car Suspension Stress Test

Car Suspension Stress Test

When you’re inside of a modern car, it’s very easy to take all of its mechanical wizardries for granted. This footage gives you a much better idea of what your vehicle is dealing with under its body, as a specialized rig puts a BMW E39 M5 suspension, wheels, and tires to the test.

“Tesla” Cyberquad Bike

“Tesla” Cyberquad Bike

Taking inspiration from the electric quad bike teased by Elon Musk during Tesla Cybertruck reveal, the guys from Rich Rebuilds created their own interpretation of the vaporware all-terrain vehicle. Cranking out insane amounts of torque, Starscream is a pure-electric, rear-wheel drive ATV started life as a Yamaha Raptor.

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe

2021 Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S Coupe

Mercedes-AMG cranks up the volume on its sports crossover, bestowing it with a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 that makes 603hp and 627 lb-ft. of torque, and a 0-to-60 mph time of just 3.7 sec. It sports massive 16.5″ disc front brakes, an electronic limited-slip diff, AMG performance exhaust, and the latest MBUX system with dual 12.3″ displays.

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Inside the Lagonda Taraf

Inside the Lagonda Taraf

Released in 2016 by Aston Martin, the Lagonda Taraf is the most expensive luxury sedan on the planet, with a sticker price starting at $1 million. So what exactly do those seven figures buy you? Automotive journalist Doug Demuro got up close and personal with the extremely rare ride for a look inside and a test drive.

Piloting a Giant Mech

Piloting a Giant Mech

We’ve seen the amazing walking mech from Furrion Exo-Bionics before. The Hacksmith managed to score some seat time piloting this incredible 9,000 pound exoskeletal robot. It’s a bit involved just squeezing inside of the thing, but he learns to make it walk in just seven short lessons. When can we have a go?

Car Engineering Disasters

Car Engineering Disasters

Modern cars are made up of thousands of individual parts, and the result of millions of hours of engineering and design. While there are lots of checks and balances to ensure safety and reliability, sometimes mistakes slip through. Donut Media looks at nine automotive engineering mistakes, from the ridiculous to downright deadly.

Prior Design Widebody Taycan

Prior Design Widebody Taycan

German tuning firm Prior Design takes Porsche’s 750hp electric Taycan Turbo S and gives it the widebody treatment. Front fender flares add 60mm (~2.36″) of width, while the rears add 100mm (~3.93″), making way for enormous 22″ five-spoke wheels. Ample carbon aero components keep the EV closer to the ground.

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

2021 Ram 1500 TRX

Building upon the TRX concept, Ram is finally making a production version of this powerful off-road truck. It packs a monster 6.2L supercharged V8 that makes 702hp, launching the truck from 0 to 60 in 4.5 sec. The lifted truck has 11.8″ of clearance, is 6″ wider than a standard Ram 1500, and rides on massive 35″ all-terrain tires.

Hyperion XP-1 Hydrogen Hypercar

Hyperion XP-1 Hydrogen Hypercar

Hyperion is showing off the XP-1, a hydrogen-powered electric car that’s said to zoom from 0-to-60 in under 2.2 sec. with a top speed of 220+ mph, and provide up to 1000 miles of range. Its futuristic cockpit touts a wraparound digital display and massive glass canopy. Here’s hoping it makes it past the rendering stage.

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