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The Barbie Jeep Gets Upgraded

The Barbie Jeep Gets Upgraded

A while back, we checked out Grind Hard Plumbing Co.’s awesome amped-up Barbie Power Wheels Jeep aka “Cinderella.” They recently rebuilt its 50 horsepower engine from head to toe, tightened up the steering, and took it out for some frolicking in the snow.

Mudd-Ox Fort Mac

Mudd-Ox Fort Mac

This rugged amphibious vehicle uses four hydraulic wheel motors to move its tracks just like a military tank. It can crawl over just about any terrain, through swamps and mud, and is is equipped with heavy duty componentry for longevity. It can also be equipped with a cockpit shell and even an air-conditioned interior.

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Winter Adventuring with GMC

Winter Adventuring with GMC

Our hands behind the wheel of GMC’s confident and luxurious SUVs and trucks, we headed into the snowy mountains of Vail, Colorado. There, we explored some of the natural beauty, hit some awesome snowmobile trails, enjoyed a luxury ski resort, and dined on delicious local cuisine.

Driven: 2020 Ford Explorer ST

Driven: 2020 Ford Explorer ST

If you’re looking for a three-row SUV that drives like a sports car, look no further than the 2020 Ford Explorer ST. We spent a week behind the wheel of this tricked-out 400 horsepower family vehicle, and were very impressed with its performance and capabilities. Read on for more details on this sporty SUV.

RydeSafe Iron-on Reflectives

RydeSafe Iron-on Reflectives

These iron-on dots are designed to improve visibility and safety when riding your bike at night. they’re made using microscopic glass beads that concentrate and reflect light, and come in a variety of shapes, so you can make whatever pattern you’d like on your clothing. RydeSafe also makes reflective stick-ons for your bike.

Tiny Japanese “Supercar”

Tiny Japanese “Supercar”

This Japanese kei car has supercar looks, but the Autozam AZ-1 wasn’t exactly a powerhouse. Donut Media takes some time up close and personal with this awesome little lightweight that Mazda made from 1992-1995. Like a real exotic, it’s got a mid-rear-mounted, turbocharged engine, gullwing doors, and zero cargo space.

R/C Car Active Suspension

R/C Car Active Suspension

Dimitar Tilev shows off a truly awesome R/C car build. This scale replica of a vintage Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 wagon packs an Arduino-controlled active suspension which can raise and lower, along with a rear-wheel drivetrain that makes it especially adept at drifting. We love the engine noises and light-up tailpipes.

GMC CarbonPro vs. Hurricane

GMC CarbonPro vs. Hurricane

GMC’s 2020 Sierra pickup trucks offer an innovative bed made from a carbon fiber reinforced polymer. This makes them extremely durable and impervious to about everything. To prove this, they compared ordinary beds to theirs by flinging objects at them in hurricane-force winds. Suffice it to say, the CarbonPro won hands down.

Race Car Crash Testing

Race Car Crash Testing

Crash testing cars has saved countless lives, but with the forces that race cars regularly face, they need to be built very differently. Safety testing center IMMI shows off their Center for Advanced Product Evaluation with the tubular chassis of a sprint car. The tests include various wall crashes, and even a ceiling drop.

Ice Karting

Ice Karting

We’ve spent some time hooning about on the ice in high-powered sports cars, but these guys in Russia show that it doesn’t take a big budget to enjoy ice driving. With tiny studded tires and some 250cc engines, ripping around on a frozen river in go karts looks like a massive amount of fun.

2020 Polaris Slingshot

2020 Polaris Slingshot

Polaris’ showy 3-wheeler gets revamped for 2020, with a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that makes 178 or 203hp, upgraded brakes, steering, and suspension, and an optional automatic transmission making it accessible to more drivers than before. It’s got an even more dramatic front end, with new LED headlights and running lights.

2021 GMC Yukon

2021 GMC Yukon

The next-generation of GMC’s flagship full-size SUVs looks truly impressive in its luxurious Denali and rugged AT4 trims. It’s also 6.1″ longer, increasing cargo space and third-row legroom, and offers up to 420 hp and 460 lb-ft. of torque with its 6.2L V8 engine.

2020 Honda Civic Type-R

2020 Honda Civic Type-R

The already awesome Civic Type-R gets a few refinements, losing the fake front air vents, upgrading its disc brakes, and tweaking its suspension for comfort. In the cabin, there’s a new Alcantara steering wheel, an updated short-throw gearshift, and active sound control that adapts its exhaust sounds based on drive mode.

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Tiny Cybertruck

Tiny Cybertruck

It seems as if the primitive design of Tesla’s Cybertruck makes it fairly easy to replicate, so this one resourceful dad decided to build his kid a Cybertruck body for his electric go kart. Just for fun, he let the kid use it to tow his Mercedes-Benz R-Class MPV. It also does a mean J-turn.

Denzel Truvor Carbon Scrambler

Denzel Truvor Carbon Scrambler

Designed by Denzel Electric and Pablo Baranoff Dorn, this stunning mid-drive electric motorcycle is built on a lightweight carbon fiber frame. Its weight maxes out around 165 lb, and it can hit speeds up to 62 mph in sport mode. In eco mode it can offer up to 75 miles of driving range.

Onewheel Coolerwheel

Onewheel Coolerwheel

Electric skateboard maker Onewheel hacked a Yeti cooler on top of of one of their self-balancing boards, letting its rider carry around chilled drinks without dragging around a separate cooler. They built this one-off prototype on a whim, but we kind of dig the idea.

The 8-Wheeled Fiat

The 8-Wheeled Fiat

The guys are Russian auto-hacking channel Garage 54 have made some pretty insane stuff. After putting together their own version of the Tesla Cybertruck, they managed to convert a janky old Fiat Uno 70-S into a crazy mutant with six wheels spinning in back. Ironically, it’s still just front-wheel drive.

Sony Vision-S Concept Car

Sony Vision-S Concept Car

Sony turned up at CES 2020 with a surprise – a concept car. The Vision-S is designed as a demonstration platform for in-car technologies, from autonomy and safety systems, to entertainment and comfort. The car packs dozens of sensors, multiple widescreen displays, 360º surround audio, and runs on an all-new EV platform.

Stroke Cargo Trike

Stroke Cargo Trike

This pedal-assisted electric three-wheeler from japanese company Envision is perfect for jobs where you need to carry lots of gear. Its mid-section storage area provides a balanced ride, and its front independent suspension leans into turns. It can carry up to 60 kg (~132 lb) of cargo, and has a range up to 150km (~93 mi) in its Eco mode.

Russian Cybertruck

Russian Cybertruck

Why wait until 2021 for Tesla to start shipping Cybertrucks, when you can just build your own? That’s what the guys from Russian car-hacking channel Garage 54 did. While their version of the primitive looking truck looks the part, we’re certain the formerly concrete-armored UAZ truck it’s built on isn’t very energy efficient.

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Bobsla Winter EV

Bobsla Winter EV

Designed for use by snow resorts, this unique electric vehicle from Austria is basically the winter equivalent of a go kart. With its lower operating speeds and low center of gravity, it’s more beginner-friendly than a snowmobile, and looks like a fun way to spend some time when you’re not hitting the slopes.

Beetle: The Last Mile

Beetle: The Last Mile

The Volkswagen Beetle made its first appearance all the way back in 1938, and was produced in one form or another all the way until 2019 when the model was retired. VW sends off the bug with this moving animated tribute to the little car that could, accompanied by children’s choral version of the Beatles’ “Let It Be.”

Rivian Tank Turn

Rivian Tank Turn

Tesla’s Cybertruck might be getting most of the attention, but well-funded startup Rivian is working on an electric pickup that actually looks like a truck. Its R1T and R1S have offer a neat party trick – the ability to turn on a dime by independently controlling its four motors. It only works on loose terrain, but it’s still awesome.

Solara

Solara

French artist Zoer transformed a junkyard full of old cars into a giant work of art. He painted each of the 144 cars a different shade, creating a rainbow of color when viewed from above. Each car also has its RGB Hex color value applied to its hood.

Robots Make an SUV Frame

Robots Make an SUV Frame

While humans are still very much a part of assembling vehicles, robots are often used for the heavy lifting and dangerous tasks like painting and welding. Watch in awe as an army of 45 KUKA robots work in harmony at MAGNA Presstec to create frames for the Mercedes-Benz G-Class SUV.

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