So you’re cruising down the highway, when all of a sudden you’re in a traffic jam. But there are no accidents, construction, or other emergency activity, so why does this happen? TED-Ed explores the phenomenon known as a “phantom traffic jam,” what makes them happen, and how we might minimize their occurence.
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LEGO and Lamborghini present an incredible Technic model based on the exclusive Sián FKP 37. The 1:8-scale kit measures over 23″ long, and challenges builders with 3,696 pieces. It has a replica V12 engine and 8-speed sequential gearbox, along with working suspension, pop-up rear spoiler, and scissor doors.
If you want to charge up the big battery packs in a Tesla in any reasonable amount of time, you need a special high-voltage charger. But is it possible to recharge one of Elon Musk’s electric cars with human power? Watch as nine cyclists in Finland attempt to do just that, with their bicycles wired up to a Tesla Model X.
Torsus’ rugged bus is designed for carrying passengers in challenging terrain. It’s powered by a 6.9L MAN diesel engine with 4WD and locking differentials, and rides on massive off-road tires. With 15.7″ of ground clearance, and parabolic leaf springs, it can navigate rough surfaces while carrying up to 35 passengers and gear.
Designed and built by architect Aigars Lauzis, this unique mobile home combines an electric tricycle, a boat, and a tiny living space in one. Its motors propel it up to 25 mi on land or 19 mi on water, and its wheels fold up when floating. Its interior has removable bench seating and a small sleeping area for two.
Inspired by the custom stunt bikes used in the James Bond flick No Time to Die, Triumph’s limited-edition Scrambler 1200 has a sinister black and brushed metal color scheme. Arrow exhaust silencers with carbon fiber end caps, 007 Bond Edition badging, and a special 007 startup screen round out the details.
When it comes to half-ton pickup trucks, the best you can buy today is a RAM 1500. And if you want to take one off-road, the RAM 1500 Rebel is the most capable of the bunch. We spent a week with the new EcoDiesel Rebel both on and off the pavement, and found a whole lot to love about this rugged yet modern truck.
What started as a bet between two fishermen to see who could race to the pub fastest has turned into an annual tradition in Riverhead, Australia. Great Big Story gives us a look at this crazy high-speed boat race in which teams zip through tricky obstacles in tiny aluminum boats at speeds up to 90 km/h (~56 mph).
Everyday car tires are made mostly by machine, but the high-end tires used for racing are made by hand. In this clip from Street FX Motorsport TV, they take us inside Michelin Motorsport’s HQ in France for a look at the tire-making process, building up layer by layer of rubber, textiles, steel, and adhesive on spinning drums.
Porsche’s famed retractable-roof model now gets the sleek new front and rear seen in the latest 911 coupes. The Targa 4 gets a 380 hp 3.0-liter flat-6 that zooms to 60 mph in 4.0s, while the Targa 4S gets 444 hp and a 0-to-60 time of just 3.4s. Every car packs Porsche’s excellent AWD system, and the 4S can be equipped with a 7-speed manual.
Builder Ivan Miranda claims he’s built the fastest model train of its size. The powerful electric train has no payload other than its motors, wiring, and battery pack, and can hit a scale speed of 485 km/h, or just over 301 mph if it were upscaled to the size of a real train. We wouldn’t want to be a tiny passenger on that thing when it derailed.
We’ve driven the 2020 GR Supra a couple of times now, and after spending a full week with the car, we’ve nailed down of our favorite things about driving the 2-seater. From its potent engine, to its agile handling, to its tech, there’s a whole lot to love about this modern sports coupe, born out of a collab between Toyota and BMW.
While stuck at home with some free time on his hands, car enthusiast Brian King aka AWDcutlass decided to rebuild a full-size GM LS V8 engine inside of a transparent acrylic shell. It’s pretty wild to see all the parts moving inside of it, and it looks especially awesome when he turns on the LED lighting. See Part 1 of the build here.
So you want a Ferrari, but you only have $100 to spend. Financial limitations didn’t stop these young men from Vietnam from getting what they wanted. Using cardboard, fiberglass, a metal frame, and a whole lot of effort, they built a rough approximation of an Ferrari FXX-K… and it actually can drive. They also made a Lamborghini.
Urban Rover’s stubby electric skateboard is great for weaving in and out of tight places. At just 17″ long, it’s small enough to toss in your backpack, and this premium model features a 250W motor that can hit speeds up to 15mph. It’s controlled by a wireless remote that offers three different speed settings. Save big in The Awesomer Shop.
The A1 electric bike is designed for versatility. With its low frame, air suspension, and fat, puncture-resistant tires, it can ride just as easily on city streets and bumpy trails. Its 250W motor can be equipped with a 14.5 Ah or 17.5 Ah battery pack for a range up to 70 km (~44 mi) and a top speed of 32km/h (~20 mph).
On April 30, 1948, famed British off-road brand Land Rover first came into being. To celebrate the company’s birthday, they’ve shared a terrific gallery of historic images which capture scenes of these rugged and versatile vehicles helping people achieve great things.
Marques Brownlee of MKBHD shows off Origin’s crazy high-end gaming PC. It’s built into the frunk of a kid-size Tesla Model S, and packs an AMD Ryzen 9 3900X CPU with 12 cores, a Hydro X liquid cooling system, iCUE RGB lighting, 6TB of SSD storage, 32GB of RAM, and an NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080Ti GPU. And yes, it still drives.
It seems age is no barrier to The Rolling Stones producing quality music. Their April 2020 release is as good as many songs from the height of their popularity, and seems especially timely when set against imagery of empty cities photographed during the coronavirus pandemic.
We like all kinds of donuts: glazed ones, cake ones, and ones made by rear-wheel drive cars. This brief clip combines both the circular fried treat and circular tire tracks through a slick composite of drone footage and digital VFX. Created by Benoit Finck, John Bashyam, and Yann Bouloiseau for Warm & Fuzzy.
Metal Art of Wisconsin makes these awesome steel fire pits for Jeep fans. Each one is laser-cut from 12-gauge, hot-rolled steel, and assembles easily with a tab and groove design. They come in 2-door Wrangler, 4-door Wrangler, and Gladiator variants, and feature removable hoods and roofs for access. (Thanks Christian!)
In the interest of keeping his distance from others, builder Colin Furze decided that he was still too close to other people while riding his bicycle, so he built a stainless steel two-wheeler dubbed the “Highcycle” that rides more than six feet off of the ground. We’re impressed he was able to get onto this thing.
After impressing us with his sculpture of that Toyota Land Cruiser, Vietnam-based Woodworking Art is back with another great automotive woodcarving. This time, he turned a block of wood into a detailed replica of the Ferrari SF1000 Formula 1 race car. Though we can’t endorse using your bare foot as a wood vise.
Moscow, Russia motorcycle customizers Ziller’s Garage transformed the new BMW R 18 cruiser into an incredible work of rolling art. Designed by Mikhail Smolyanov and John Reed, the ultra-modern bike features a beautifully sculpted aluminum shell, custom spoked wheels, and light-up BMW badges. That ground clearance tho.
Fast and Furious 9 may have been delayed until 2021, but LEGO has a plan to keep gearheads occupied. This 1077-piece Technic set lets you build a detailed model of Dom’s 1970 Dodge Charger R/T, with a big V8 engine with moving pistons, a wishbone suspension, working steering, and more. Pre-order now. Ships 4/27/2020.
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