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Driven: 2020 Range Rover Evoque

Driven: 2020 Range Rover Evoque

We recently put the 2020 Range Rover Evoque through its paces on an extensive route from Athens to the Peloponnese, across highways, twisty, foggy mountain roads, rocky paths and streams, and even across a bridge normally reserved for trains. Full review on 95octane.

Ares Design Panther ProgettoUno

Ares Design Panther ProgettoUno
~$700K+  Buy Comment

Ares Design’s concept is now a reality. the Panther ProgettoUno is the company’s modern take on the De Tomaso Pantera. Based on the Lamborghini Huracán, the car has a beautifully retro carbon fiber body. It’s limited to only 70 units.

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Making a Kid-Sized Rover

Making a Kid-Sized Rover

Kris Temmerman wanted to learn how to TIG weld. He ended up doing way more than that. Watch him create a small motorized six-wheeled vehicle that resembles the Mars rover (with a seat). It has an aluminum body, six-wheel drive, and four-wheel steering.

Bontrager WaveCel Helmets

Bontrager WaveCel Helmets
$150-$300  Buy Link Comment

Trek and Bontrager’s WaveCel bicycle helmets use a proprietary sheet of cells instead of the commonly used EPS foam. The cells act like crumple zones in vehicles, flexing, crumpling and gliding upon impact to redirect energy away from your head.

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupé

2020 Porsche Cayenne Coupé

A variant of Porsche’s popular SUV that swaps some cargo height for a svelte new look. Its separate rear seats are more car-like, and it gets a slick adaptive spoiler on its hatchback lid. In its robust Turbo form, its 4L V8 launches it from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.9 seconds.

Converting Classic Cars to Electric

Converting Classic Cars to Electric

Freethink spoke with Michael Bream, the owner of EV West, a small car shop outside San Diego that specializes in transforming older cars into electric vehicles. Their conversion is so effective that they’re booked for the next three and a half years.

VW Bug Keyring Light

VW Bug Keyring Light
$29  Buy Comment

Fans of the classic Volkswagen Beetle will want to grab Troika’s officially-licensed mini version. The shiny chrome-plated cast metal object perfectly captures the iconic bubble style of a 1964 bug, and its headlights double as an LED flashlight. Measures 0.71″ x 2.17″ x 0.59″.

Rodsmith The Killer

Rodsmith The Killer

Commissioned by Bobby Haas, Rodsmith Customs’ The Killer is heavily inspired by a 1935 motorcycle called Killinger und Freund. It’s a front wheel drive bike with an engine made from three 60cc two-stroke engines. More on Bike EXIF.

Audi Q4 e-tron Concept

Audi Q4 e-tron Concept

Audi’s concept for a smaller and more affordable electric SUV. Like the e-tron, the Q4 e-tron has two motors that provide all-wheel drive. There’s a 200hp rear motor and a 100hp rear motor. It goes up to 112 mph and has a range of over 280 mi.

Snowmobile Drag Racing

Snowmobile Drag Racing

(Loud) When you’re freezing your ass off in the winter in Sweden, one way to keep yourself warm is to strap your butt to a pulsejet powered snowmobile, and fire yourself down an icy straightaway at speeds up to 150 mph. (Thanks Ola Andreas!)

Tannus Armour

Tannus Armour
$50+/2 pcs  Pledge Comment

The Tannus Armour is a foam insert that you install over a bicycle inner tube and under the tire. It provides protection from 90% of punctures, absorbs vibrations for a smoother ride, provides increased grip, and lets you run flat for a period of time.

CleanShield

CleanShield
~$37+  Pledge Comment

The CleanShield is a light and foldable windshield protector. It’s especially useful during winter, as its waterproof surface and foldable design make it easy to ward off frost and ice. Its suction cups secure it even in 60mph winds.

Tesla Model Y

Tesla Model Y
$39K+  Buy Link Comment

The Tesla Model Y is the bigger brother of the Model 3. It seats up to seven people, has up to 66cuft of storage space and will have a range of up to 230mi on its entry level variant. Its performance model features all wheel drive and a 0 to 60mph time of 3.5s.

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Onewheel Pint Electric Skateboard

Onewheel Pint Electric Skateboard
$950  Buy Link Comment

Onewheel’s entry-level single-wheel skateboard is lighter, smaller, and more nimble than the standard OneWheel XR. It has a built-in handle, LED lights and an easy dismount mode. It goes up to 16 mph and lasts up to 8 mi per charge.

Winter Driving with Nissan AWD

Winter Driving with Nissan AWD

We spent a couple of chilly winter days North of Montreal, Canada covering hundreds of miles of snow- and ice-covered roads in the new 2019 Nissan Altima AWD and Murano AWD. On our arrival to the Mecaglisse ice circuit, we got to drive the insane snow-tracked Altima-TE.

Toyota Lunar Rover

Toyota Lunar Rover

Toyota and The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have teamed up to study mobility in space, with a fuel cell electric vehicle which could be used for human exploration on the moon. Despite energy transport limitations, its could cover 10,000 km in its lifetime.

Koenigsegg Jesko

Koenigsegg Jesko

Koenigsegg’s new track monster. The Jesko has a twin-turbo 5L V8 that produces up to 1600 hp, theoretically launching the car to speeds up to 300 mph. It has a proprietary seven-clutch, nine-speed gearbox that automatically chooses the right gear for the situation.

Volkswagen ID. Buggy Concept

Volkswagen ID. Buggy Concept

While many carmakers unleashed their biggest guns at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Volkswagen brought out this silly little number. The ID. Buggy is a modern take on the Meyers Manx buggy. This electric off-roader has a 201 hp motor and has a 155 mi range.

Pininfarina Battista

Pininfarina Battista

Pininfarina is pivoting from designing cars to actually making one, and it’s making one hell of a debut. The Battista is powered by four electric motors running on a 120kWh battery. It goes from 0 to 60 mph in under 2 sec, and tops out at a crazy 217 mph.

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

Lamborghini Aventador SVJ Roadster

Lamborghini’s roadster variant of its SVJ coupe. Aside from its removable carbon fiber roof panels, practically nothing has changed from its hardtop sibling. It still has four-wheel drive and the same naturally-aspirated 6.5L V12 that produces up to 759hp and tops out at 217mph.

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Hennessey VelociRaptor Ford Ranger

Hennessey VelociRaptor Ford Ranger
$65k  Buy Comment

Ford’s small truck gets a big upgrade, courtesy of Hennessey Performance. The 2.3L EcoBoost engine now makes 350 bhp and 385 lb-ft. torque. It also gets performance exhaust, a 4-inch suspension lift, BFGoodrich off-road tires, fender flares, a new front bumper, and more.

Honda e Prototype

Honda e Prototype

We prefer the boxier Honda Urban EV Concept, but its near-production version still packs a lot of charm. The e Prototype now has four doors, and retains its massive digital dash. It will have a range of nearly 125mi and charge to 80% in 30min. Production will begin in 2019.

Life-size LEGO VW Camper Van

Life-size LEGO VW Camper Van

While you can buy an official LEGO Camper Van kit already, this custom build is far more impressive. This realistic replica took over 400,000 bricks to build, and has a steel frame which allows people to walk inside and check out all of the brick-built details.

Mercedes-AMG GT R

Mercedes-AMG GT R

A drop-top variant of AMG’s powerful 2-seater. Like the coupe, it packs a 4.0L biturbo V8 with 577 hp and 516 lb-ft. of torque, along with enhanced aerodynamics to improve downforce, and lightweight components to help launch it to 60 mph in just 3.5 sec.

Linky Foldable Electric Skateboard

Linky Foldable Electric Skateboard
$999+  Buy Link Comment

We’ve seen a foldable longboard. Here’s its electric counterpart. The Linky skateboard can be folded in half and locked in place within seconds. It has a range of over 9 mi and a top speed of almost 19 mph. It fully charges in just 30 min. Also on Amazon.

2020 Zero SR/F Motorcycle

2020 Zero SR/F Motorcycle
$21K+  Buy Link Comment

Zero Motorcycle’s latest electric is a naked sportbike designed for customization and connectivity. Its hardware works with a custom operating system to let you customize its handling, output, ABS and more. It goes up to 124 mph and has a range of up to 200 mi.

Bajaboard Pantera

Bajaboard Pantera

The supercar of skateboards. Bajaboard made the Pantera simply to find out how much power they can cram into an electric skateboard. It tops out at a ridiculously fast 45mph – a terrifying proposition that even the guys who made it don’t want to push its limits.

Ferrari F8 Tributo

Ferrari F8 Tributo

It’s already time for Ferrari to replace the 488 GTB, and its latest Berlinetta looks like a killer, with a 3.9L twin-turbo V8 that makes 710 hp and 568 lb-ft. torque, launching the stallion to 62 mph in 2.9 sec, and 124 mph in 7.8 sec, towards a 211 mph top speed.

Livall Smart Bike Helmet

Livall Smart Bike Helmet
$169  Buy Link Comment

Livall’s bike helmet has a pair of Bluetooth speakers and a microphone for calling and listening to music and navigation from your phone. It also has brake and turn signal lights to improve visibility. It can even automatically call your emergency contact if you fall.

Polestar 2

Polestar 2

A stunning, pure electric car from Volvo’s performance spin-off, the Polestar 2 is a 5-door fastback with dual motors, making 408hp, 487 lb-ft. of torque, going 0-to-62mph in under 5 sec., and a target range up to 275 mi. The 2020 launch edition runs $63K, minus tax breaks.

Audi Ice Climb

Audi Ice Climb

To demonstrate the tremendous amount of torque that electric motors can produce, Audi took a modified e-tron electric SUV to the steepest section of a famous downhill ski slope, and drove it UP the 85% gradient, icy hill. Note the belay rope was just for safety.

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