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Machine Dismantles a Car

Machine Dismantles a Car

Once a car is no longer drivable, it heads to the junk yard. But before it ends up on the scrap heap, machines like the Powerhand VRS are used to rip apart the car to separate materials, maximizing recyclability of components. It looks like a great way to work out aggression too.

2020 Land Rover Defender

2020 Land Rover Defender

Land Rover’s rugged off-roader is back. It comes in 2-door (90) and 4-door (110) models, with a highly-configurable interior, twin-speed transmission, advanced terrain management systems, electronic active differential, air suspension, and can wade in up to 35.4″ of water. Choose from a 3.0L 395hp I6 MHEV or a 2.0L 296hp turbo I4.

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Ferrari F8 Spider

Ferrari F8 Spider

The open-top variant of the Italian stallion’s F8 Tributo berlinetta features a retractable hard top, and is a big upgrade from the 488 Spider, featuring an extra 49 horsepower, and cutting 44 pounds from its predecessor. Its turbo V8 makes 710 horsepower, and the car can hit 60 mph in 2.8 sec with a top speed of 211 mph.

Why Exhaust Notes Sound Different

Why Exhaust Notes Sound Different

Whether you love the flat-plane V8 grunt of a Shelby GT350, the snaps and crackles of a Jaguar F-Type, the whirr of a Porsche 911, or the brapp of a Mazda RX-7, every car makes a different sound. But as Donut Media explains, it’s way more than the pipes and mufflers that make a car’s exhaust note sound the way it does.

TRD All the Things

TRD All the Things

Toyota Racing Division aka TRD already makes some great trucks. Now they’re expanding their lineup with tricked-out versions of Toyota’s everyday sedans. We spent a day testing out the first ever Avalon TRD and Camry TRD, and were impressed not just with their aggressive styling, but with their sporty handling.

Polaris General XP 1000 / XP 4 1000

Polaris General XP 1000 / XP 4 1000

Designed for easy riding on rugged off-road trails, Polaris’ new General crossover packs a 100 hp engine, a wide 64″ footprint, and an impressive 13.5″ ground clearance for riding over just about anything. The XP 1000 is the two-seater, while the XP 1000 4 seats four. Both models can tow and haul up to 1500 pounds too.

Lamborghini Sián

Lamborghini Sián

Bearing the name of the Bolognese word for lightning, the Lamborghini Sián rocks a 785 hp, mid-mounted V12 engine, along with a 34 hp electric motor. The largely carbon fiber car has the best power-to-weight ratio of any Lambo, and can go from 0-to-62 mph in under 2.8 seconds. Only 63 will be made, and they’re all sold.

2020 Porsche Taycan

2020 Porsche Taycan

Porsche has been teasing its pure-electric, all-wheel drive sports sedan for a while. The production car – and its impressive specs and tech have been revealed. The first two models are the Taycan Turbo and Turbo S, with 670hp and 750hp, and 0-to-60 times of 3.0 and 2.6 secs, respectively. Inside the cars, you’ll find screens, lots of screens.

Driving a Chiron at Top Speed

Driving a Chiron at Top Speed

The $3.5 million, 1479bhp Bugatti Chiron Sport is theoretically capable of hitting 261 mph, according to Bugatti. But nobody outside of Bugatti themselves has achieved that. In this clip from UK auto mag Top Gear, editor-in-chief Charlie Turner attempts to hit that top speed on VW’s fabled Ehra-Lessien testing circuit.

Driven: 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

Driven: 2020 GMC Sierra 1500 AT4

We spent some time in Wyoming putting GMC’s 2020 trucks through their paces, including the Sierra 1500 AT4 on a dirt and rock course. It has a 2” lift, a 2-speed transfer case, Rancho monotube shocks, skid plates, a locking rear diff, and is now available with a 3.0L Duramax turbo diesel, making 277 hp and 460 lb-ft. of torque.

World’s Fastest Shed

World’s Fastest Shed

A 1/4-mile time of 15.495 seconds isn’t exactly earth-shaking. But this is no ordinary car – it’s a small building. Watch as Kevin Nicks‘ converted 1999 VW Passat with an Audi RS4 drivetrain manages to beat a Vauxhall Astra H in a drag race. Apparently the shed has done the same in as little as 14.6 seconds, and tops out at 112.68 mph.

World’s Brightest Truck

World’s Brightest Truck

rctestflight shows of a custom pickup that combines a 1960s Ford F-100 with a Dodge chassis and Cummins diesel drivetrain, and has what may be the brightest vehicle lighting ever. He built two versions – first with 40 100-watt LEDs, but decided it was too diffuse, so “downgraded” to just 18 units with parabolic reflectors.

Patriot Desert Ops LC79 Land Cruiser

Patriot Desert Ops LC79 Land Cruiser

To celebrate their versatile new X1N series, Australia’s Patriot Campers created the Desert Ops LC79 Supertourer, an awesome custom Toyota Land Cruiser. Both the X1N and the LC79 have a matching 1970s color scheme, beefed-up off-road suspensions, and are ready to conquer about any terrain.

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2020 Audi RS 6 Avant

2020 Audi RS 6 Avant

Audi’s very special performance wagon is finally coming to America. It’s powered by a 4.0L twin-turbo V8, and combined with a 48-volt hybrid system, makes 591hp and 590 lb-ft. of torque, launching you and your family to 62 mph in just 3.6 sec, on its way to a 190mph top speed when fully equipped. And it sounds fantastic.

Detailing the Dirtiest Mercedes

Detailing the Dirtiest Mercedes

To present a gift to his 83-year-old father, a man decided to pull his dad’s 1969 Mercedes 280 SL out of their garage after it sat dormant for 37 years. Auto restoration experts AMMO NYC shared this highly-satisfying video of the car being cleaned from top to bottom. We’d love to see it after the mechanical repairs are done.

Bugatti Centodieci

Bugatti Centodieci

Like the Chiron, the Bugatti Centodieci is powered by an 8.0L W16 engine, but that’s about where the similarities end. This $9 million special edition features a unique design inspired by the EB 110 Super Sport, plus it cuts weight, increases downforce by 200 lb, and bumps its horsepower to 1600. Just 10 will be made, and they’re all sold.

2020 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series

2020 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series

As special as the Lexus LC 500 already is, this limited edition of the luxurious 471 horsepower, V8-powered sports coupe looks just that much more gorgeous bathed in rich Nori Green paint, and decked out with two-tone tan and black aniline leather, and Alcantara trim inside. Just 100 of these unique cars are coming to the U.S.

Puritalia Berlinetta

Puritalia Berlinetta

This stunning coachbuilt Italian sports coupe is built with an ultra-lightweight carbon and aluminum chassis. It’s powered by a hybrid drivetrain with a supercharged 750 hp V8, along with an 215 hp electric motor. Limited to just 150 cars, each one is built by hand to the customer’s specs.

Modern Racing, Vintage Camera

Modern Racing, Vintage Camera

These days, smartphone videos are ubiquitous. But there was a time when the only way to capture footage was with a mechanical film camera. Nick Shirrell of filmgrainandoctane shoots modern day auto races using an old Canon Super 8 film camera, then layers in vintage voice tracks. The results are wonderfully retro.

Hyperdrive (Trailer)

Hyperdrive (Trailer)

This new Netflix competition show is like American Ninja Warrior for cars. Each episode sends a group of dedicated gearheads hooning around an incredibly challenging series of obstacles on a quest for driving supremacy. Premieres 8/21/19.

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Droog Moto DM-015

Droog Moto DM-015

Droog Moto’s monster motorcycle which looks like it came straight from the wasteland of Mad Max: Fury Road – assuming they had a detail shop to clean off all the dirt and grime. Its got a 250cc 2-cylinder engine, heavy duty suspension, and gigantic, rugged tires with thick treads. Each bike is custom built to its rider’s size.

Vintage Electric Rally Bike

Vintage Electric Rally Bike

Combining mountain and cruiser bike looks in one, Vintage Electric’s Rally packs a 750-watt drivetrain that can help speed you along up to 28 mph, with a range of 20 to 60 miles, depending on conditions and degree of assist. Thanks to its wide and knobby Schwalbe tires, it’s comfortable on a wide variety of terrain.

Truck Tows a Train

Truck Tows a Train

Ford is currently working on a pure-electric version of its wildly popular F-150 pickup. To prove that its drivetrain is just as capable as ever, they set about towing 10 train cars with its prototype, and then filled the train with 42 more F-150s, for a total weight over 1.25 million pounds.

Lotus Evija

Lotus Evija

British sportscar maker Lotus is showing off an upcoming pure-electric hypercar that makes an astounding 1972 horsepower and 1250 lb-ft of torque. Through the use of lightweight materials and sleek aerodynamics, it can hit speeds over 200 mph, and its battery pack allows for a range of 250 miles at more normal speeds.

The Hellcat Miata

The Hellcat Miata

KarrMedia and VMP Performance worked to create and tune this tiny monster – an older model Mazda MX-5 Miata with a 707hp supercharged V8 Hellcat engine up front. They had to cut holes in the hood and firewall to make it fit, but connected to a 6-speed Tremec manual and a Ford 8.8 rear axle, it’s a bonkers little burnout machine.

20,000 Watt Electric Drift Trike

20,000 Watt Electric Drift Trike

Builder Colin Furze previously made a pulsejet-powered drift trike. While it was fast, it wasn’t exactly environmentally-friendly. So he decided to build himself a fully-electric version, with an insane 20,000 watt power source. We’re glad he finally put a helmet on when he hit the road circuit. Build video here.

2020 Corvette Stingray

2020 Corvette Stingray

The C8 Stingray is the first mid-engine ‘Vette ever, packing a 495hp V8 engine behind its passenger compartment. Its aggressive design features a shorter hood, a wider rear, and big side air intakes. With the ZR1 Performance Pack, which upgrades brakes, suspension, cooling, and exhaust, it can do 0-to-60 mph in under 3 seconds.

Hennessey Goliath 6×6

Hennessey Goliath 6×6

This monster of a Chevy Silverado truck was blessed with a 6-wheel drivetrain, an 8-inch lift kit, a 450 bhp engine upgrade, massive 37-inch BF Goodrich off-road tires, LED lighting and more by the mad minds of Hennessey Performance. It also required a custom-built bed to fit that third axle.

Tips for Buying a Used Car

Tips for Buying a Used Car

ChrisFix shares a number of practical tips on buying a used car, including what to ask from the owner, how to check the car’s value and how to run a VIN check for free. He also made a checklist for the test drive. You should research and ask around online as well.

Two-wheeled F-Type Hillclimb

Two-wheeled F-Type Hillclimb

One of the most iconic attractions of the annual Goodwood Festival of Speed is its hillclimb event. It’s typically jampacked with powerful sports cars gunning for their best speed. But for 2019, stunt driver Terry Grant did something a little different, deftly balancing a Jaguar F-Type R Coupe on two wheels for the entire 1.16 mile course.

2020 MINI Cooper SE

2020 MINI Cooper SE

A new variant of the MINI Cooper that runs purely on electric power. Its front-wheel motor cranks out 181 hp, and its battery offers a range of roughly 124 miles. Like other MINIs, expect go kart-like handling, possibly even more so thanks to the battery pack’s low center of gravity. We rather dig the funky new wheel design too.

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