Manufacturing motors for EVs and hybrids is a very different process from making conventional engines. In this video, you’ll go inside the factory where Audi produces its EV motors, and robots and humans work in concert to transform metal, plastic, and coils of copper wire into a modern and powerful mode of propulsion.
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Grind Hard Plumbing Co. are known for their over-the-top rebuilds of toys like the Power Wheels Jeep and Barbie Power Wheels Mustang. More recently, they took one of those cheap pocket bikes you can buy on Amazon, increased its power by 10x, turned it into a snow bike, and finally, gave it a mountain bike suspension.
We already know that using saw blades as wheels can provide traction on ice. With this in mind, The Q replaced the wheels on his bicycle with gigantic circular saw blades, then took it for a little spin on a frozen lake. We know it looks cool, but it seems like this could end very badly.
Every Rolls-Royce is, in fact, custom, but Justin Bieber’s “floating” Rolls takes customizing to the extreme. West Coast Customs turned Bieber’s 2019 Rolls-Royce Wraith into a nod to Rolls’ 103EX Vision 100 concept car, adding a custom audio system in the trunk to compliment the reimagined interior. Flashy? Yep. Classy? Jury’s out.
For its 100th anniversary, the Indian Motorcycle 2022 Chief has undergone a headlight-to-tailpipe redesign, blending old and new in six models with the powerful 116 cubic-inch Thunderstroke 111 motor. It’s a true road warrior, producing 108 ft-lb. of torque in all six gears, and aesthetics as only Indian can deliver.
Morris Models makes mechanical wooden models inspired by engines. They show how crankshafts, pistons, and other parts work in sequence to generate propulsion. They come in 7-cylinder, V-Twin, lawnmower, opposed aircraft, and Wankel rotary variants. They also make a model of a repeating weapon known as a Chu-Ko-Nu.
The expert car builders at SpeedKore bestowed this murdered-out 1970 Dodge Charger with more power than a Charger SRT Hellcat. It packs a 7.0L Hellephant 426 Hemi that makes 1000 hp and 950 lb-ft. of torque. Despite its retro looks, it has carbon fiber body panels, and its chassis has an integrated 14-point roll cage.
To promote their LYRIQ EV during Super Bowl LV, Cadillac remembers Tim Burton’s 1990 film Edward Scissorhands. Timothée Chalamet plays Edward’s son, who also has scissors for hands, and is pleased to find that the new Caddy has a hands-free driving mode. Winona Ryder reprises her role as Edgar’s mom Kim Boggs.
Enter to win this special car and support Cruise for a Cause and their fight against cancer. The Shelby GT500SE has the carbon fiber track pack and tech package, along with pulley and cooling upgrades to make more than 800 hp. This 1-of-1 “HOPE Edition” will come in deep Antimatter Blue metallic. Readers earn bonus entries.
Matt Denton of Mantis Hacks has been working on a LEGO-inspired go-kart made with larger than life 3D-printed plastic bricks. After countless hours on the project, he’s ready to take his creation for a test drive. You can check out the full series of build videos here.
Ford shook things up when they revealed they were making an electric crossover and calling it a Mustang. While it’s not a muscle car, the Mustang Mach-E is a most definitely a performance vehicle. We spent a week with the Premium AWD variant and were duly impressed with its power, handling, technology, and comfort.
After 17 years, Nissan’s garage-sized Frontier pickup has been redesigned with a bold new look. It packs a new 310 hp 3.8L V6 and 9-speed gearbox. The interior has a clean new look, and a much-needed technology overhaul. PRO-X and PRO-4X models get upgraded Bilstein shocks, skid plates, and 17″ off-road wheels.
Top fuel dragsters can accelerate from 0 to 335 mph in 3.6 seconds. While sheer horsepower is part of the equation, their massive rear tires are just as critical. Driver61 explains why dragster tires are designed the way they are and the physics that help them grip like mad and launch cars down the drag strip like a rocket.
The redesigned F-150 Raptor is even more off-road capable. With a new five-link rear suspension, it has up to 15″ of wheel travel, next-gen active FOX shocks, a new active exhaust, and up to 37″ tires for high-speed desert travel. It has an upgraded 3.5L EcoBoost V6, a 10-speed automatic, and a 36-gal tank for 500+ miles between fill-ups.
Dubai is known for its uber-rich residents and their extravagant oil-fueled lifestyles. But in recent years, some of their supercars have started to turn up stranded in the desert. Donut Media digs into this wild story of wealth and excess gone insane, who’s abandoned these cars, and how you might be able to buy one.
This custom 4-door Jeep Wrangler features a sturdy hardtop with mini windows and a roof rack that remind us more than a little of a classic Land Rover Defender. It also has painted steel wheels, limb riser wires, quad door steps, and a winch. The 4×4 can be equipped with 3.6L V6, 3.0L turbo diesel, or a 392ci V8 engine.
Expert pastry chef Amaury Guichon shows off the creation of an absolutely amazing work of candy art. We watched in awe as he sculpted and airbrushed chocolate to build his edible motorcycle sculpture, complete with a detailed engine, a curly coil spring, intricate wheel spokes, and an amazing sugar glass headlight.
Cadillac’s Blackwing sedans are all about performance. The CT5-V Blackwing has a supercharged 6.2L V8 that makes 668 hp and goes 0-60 in 3.7 seconds, while the CT4-V Blackwing has a 3.6L twin-turbo V6 with 472 hp and a 0-60 time of 3.8 seconds. Gearheads will love that both come standard with a 6-speed manual gearbox.
Grind Hard Plumbing Co. continues to upgrade and retrofit their insane 100hp Power Wheels Jeep. For extra winter fun, they swapped out its tires and replaced them with Camso UTV tracks that can tear through snow like it’s nothing. Though they don’t seem to be the most durable things.
If you’re going to drive a high horsepower muscle car like a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, you usually want to have some nice fat tires to maximize grip. So the very idea of a Hellcat riding on horse-and-buggy wheels seems ludicrous. But this is the internet – and where there’s a will, there’s a way, as WhistlinDiesel demonstrates.
Now that Hacksmith Industries is done playing around with their jet-powered canoe, they’re ready for something better suited to winter sports. Rather than start from scratch, they swiped one of the jet engines from the boat and attached it to the rear end of a snowboard. If the idea seems familiar, it’s because it’s a remake.
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.
DipYouCar is back with another amazing automotive paint job. This time, they covered an Audi with a specialty pigment that packs thermotropic liquid crystals. Like a mood ring, it changes colors with temperature differences. We love how they can play with such crazy ideas thanks to the peelable base coat they spray on first.
This 1458-piece LEGO Creator set lets you build a classic Porsche 911 from the late 1970s. You can choose to make either a 911 Turbo or open-top 911 Targa, and both cars have a detailed interior, flat-6 engine, steerable wheels, and tilting front seats. Pre-orders start on the LEGO website on 3.1.2021, or 2.16 if you’re a LEGO VIP.
Tesla’s latest Model S hasn’t changed much outside, but its interior has a sleek new look, premium materials, and a steering wheel out of a video game. The Long Range model can go 412 mi, while the Plaid and Plaid+ offer insane specs: 1020 hp and 1100 hp, both doing 0-to-60 in under 2 sec. The Plaid+ has a crazy 520 mi range.
To celebrate 70 years of the C-type, Jaguar Classic will handcraft a limited number of new cars from the original specs. Based on the 1953 Le Mans-winning roadster, it has a 3.4L inline-six with triple Weber carbs and disc brakes. The cars can be fitted with an FIA-approved harness for driving in historic racing, track days, and closed-road use.