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Making an Electric Fat Tire Scooter

Making an Electric Fat Tire Scooter

Electric scooters usually have tiny wheels, which makes them agile but not exactly grippy. The Q’s oversize scooter has a bit more contact patch thanks to its Formula One wheels, wrapped in slick Pirelli P-Zero tires. It’s powered by a 25kw brushless electric motor and has a battery pack under its riding deck.

A Hot Lap in the Lexus IS 500

A Hot Lap in the Lexus IS 500

We were fortunate to be among the first to take a ride in the 2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance. Pro race driver Townsend Bell gave us a speedy tour of Texas’ Eagles Canyon Raceway, sliding deftly through the corners in the 472 hp V8-powered RWD sports sedan. The exhaust note sounds fantastic on this thing too.

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Bussink AMG GT R Speedlegend

Bussink AMG GT R Speedlegend

The folks at tuning outfit Bussink will massage your already rare Mercedes-AMG GT R Roadster into a roofless racer, while chopping 220 pounds from its weight. You’ll need to wear a helmet while you enjoy this windshield-less 2-seater which has an F1-like protective “halo” and a 4.0L bi-turbo V8 tuned to make 850 horsepower.

2022 Toyota GR Supra A91-CF

2022 Toyota GR Supra A91-CF

Toyota will make just 600 of this very special Supra, which has been upgraded with an aerodynamic carbon fiber body kit, 19″ matte black wheels, red brake calipers, and Alcantara and leather trim with red stitching. Like other 3.0-liter Supras, it has a twin-turbo V6 that makes 382 hp.

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Elva

LEGO Speed Champions McLaren Elva
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LEGO presents a miniature version of the expensive and elusive McLaren Elva. This 263-piece kit does a nice job capturing the spirit of the open-cockpit performance car, and won’t demolish your bank account. In addition to the sweet blue ride, it includes a McLaren driver minifig with a race suit, helmet, and a wrench.

2022 Toyota GR 86

2022 Toyota GR 86

The new GR 86 has a more powerful 2.4L Subaru Boxer engine with 228hp and 186 lb-ft. of torque. The 2+2’s frame is more rigid for greater stability, while upgraded vents and aerodynamics improve handling. The cabin has a new digital display, and deep bucket seats with side bolsters and available leather and Alcantara.

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport

2022 Toyota 4Runner TRD Sport

Toyota is adding a new TRD Sport trim for its rugged and reliable 4Runner. The SUV gets a sport-tuned X-REAS cross-linked suspension, a TRD hood scoop, 20″ wheels, a color-matched grille, door handles front fascia, and nameplate, and black roof rails. Inside, Softex seats provide comfort and durability and are stitched with TRD logos.

Driving a Wind-powered Car

Driving a Wind-powered Car

A sailboat sailing straight downwind can only match the speed of the wind and never exceed it. But is it possible that a vehicle powered by wind could defy this limitation of physics? Derek from Veritasium risked life and limb to test just that, as he took a ride in an experimental three-wheeler called Blackbird.

The Weeknd: Save Your Tears

The Weeknd: Save Your Tears

During the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, The Weeknd performed in a live music video that must have taken weeks to plan. The sequence features the singer amid a fleet of vintage cars, as stunt drivers performed precisely choreographed maneuvers – both with the singer inside and outside the vehicles.

Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD Concept

Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD Concept

German automaker Opel is showing off a sweet restomodded version of its 1970 Manta coupe. In place of the diminutive inline-4 engine, the concept is propelled by an electric motor that sends 145 bhp and 188 lb-ft. of torque to the rear wheels, about double the original car’s power.

Win a Rare Cadillac CTS-V

In 2018, Cadillac built just 162 of the CTS-V Championship Edition sedan. It packs a 640 hp supercharged V8, and looks great in Crystal White with red mirror caps, and a red accented interior. One lucky entrant will win this amazing car, while helping to support charities. Plus, Awesomer readers get double entries for a limited time.

Wheel of Springs

Wheel of Springs

Normally, a vehicle’s suspension sits between the frame and the wheels to absorb shocks. After seeing a vintage photograph of a car wheel with springs built into it, the car hackers at Garage 54 built their own to see how it would affect ride quality. It sounded like a busted shopping cart after the rubber came off.

Mini Oselli Edition

Mini Oselli Edition

UK custom car maker David Brown Automotive celebrates 60 years of Mini with this “remastered” version of the tiny car. It has a 1450 cc engine that makes 125 hp, racing brakes, and an updated interior with racing seats, harnesses, a roll cage, and more. Just 60 units of the car will be made in either right- or left-hand drive.

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2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

2022 Ford F-150 Lightning

Ford’s first electric pickup truck has a dual-motor, four-wheel drivetrain that makes either 426 hp or 563 hp and 775 lb-ft. of torque, with a range of 230 or 300 miles. It has a large front storage space in place of the engine and can be equipped with a 2.4kW or 9.6kW Pro Power system for powering AC tools, lights, and more.

2022 Kia EV6 Specs

2022 Kia EV6 Specs

Kia follows up on the reveal of its EV6 electric crossover with some impressive specs. Depending on drivetrain, it will offer a 300-mile range and can charge to 80% in less than 18 minutes on a 800v DC fast charger. While its base RWD model has just 167 hp, the tricked out EV6 GT AWD has 576 horses and goes 0-to-60 in under 3.5 sec.

How to Make a Tricycle

How to Make a Tricycle

A normal tricycle has one wheel in the front and two in the back for balance. But nobody says the three wheels have to be arranged that way. So builder The Q got to work putting together a tricycle that has all three wheels arranged in parallel. It looks harder to ride than a regular bicycle, but it sure is unique.

Win Two Ford Mustang Mach 1s

What’s better than winning a 2021 Ford Mustang Mach 1? Winning a 1969 Mach 1 to park next to it. The new car has a 480hp V8, a 6-speed manual, and is just the 10th off the assembly line. The ’69 Mustang rocks a 428ci Super Cobra Jet V8, Ram Air, power steering and brakes, and a Traction-Lok rear. Awesomer readers get double entries.

Learning to Ride a Penny-Farthing

Learning to Ride a Penny-Farthing

A penny-farthing is one of those old-timey bicycles with the giant wheel in front and a tiny one in the back. We see them on the streets once in a while and always wonder how tricky they must be to ride. Serial learner Mike Boyd is here to answer that question, with a little help from the guys at the UK branch of Unicycle.com.

Russian Gymkhana

Russian Gymkhana

This low-budget Russian take on Gymkhana may not be as slick as those Ken Block videos, but it’s just as entertaining. It starts out a little slow, as our protagonist heads into the woods in his jalopy, foraging for mushrooms, but once the drugs kick in, things get good. Impatient? Skip ahead.

Ford Festiva Lawnmower

Ford Festiva Lawnmower

The Ford Festiva was a popular subcompact car sold from 1986 to 2002. You don’t see many on the road anymore. We like what Ginger Billy did with this old Festiva – converting it into a tiny pickup truck, then outfitting it with a powerful lawnmower. Now, Billy can cover more ground in less time and stay in the shade while he’s at it.

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The Pogo Bicycle

The Pogo Bicycle

We’ve seen a bicycle that can walk, and another that can ride on ice, but this is the first time we’ve ever seen a bike that can jump. Scotty and Matty Cranmer of Can’t Slow Down show off their crazy creation, which has a pair of curved, spring-loaded pogo sticks in place of wheels.

Junk Yard Bubble Car

Junk Yard Bubble Car

Backyard engineer Geng Ge loves to make things out of parts he finds in the trash. Using a mix of junk and new parts, he built himself a bubble-shaped electric car that can maneuver in tight places. It features a curvy, stainless steel shell, wheels that can turn in any direction, a backup camera and a 32″ TV for navigation.

Convercycle Cargo Bicycle

Convercycle Cargo Bicycle

This unusual bicycle can expand to carry up to 180 kg (about 396 lb) of cargo at its center. Its rear wheel and drive chain fold down and out to provide extra space as needed. It’s also available with a pedal-assist electric motor to give you added momentum when carrying heavy loads.

Wild One MAX Supersize R/C Car

Wild One MAX Supersize R/C Car

A real buggy inspired by the 1980s Tamiya Wild One R/C car. The Wild One Max is an 8/10th-scale one-seater with an off-road suspension and an electric motor. It rides on 15″ tires, has Brembo disc brakes, a roll cage, and digital gauges. Its rear-wheel-drive system has 5.5 bhp and a top speed of 30 mph, but upgrades will be available.

Driven: 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Rubicon

Driven: 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Rubicon

Jeep’s most capable off-road SUV now comes in a plug-in hybrid. We spent a day driving the Wrangler 4xe on and off-roads around Austin, Texas, putting its powerful drivetrain to the test. Not only does the 4xe have 375hp and 470 lb-ft. of torque, it can drive up to 21 miles on pure electric power and does 0-to-60 in 6 seconds.

F9: Total Car-Nage

F9: Total Car-Nage

In anticipation of its upcoming release, the producers of F9 (aka Fast & Furious 9) released this short, but jam-packed reel featuring behind-the-scenes footage of some of the movie’s most epic and explosive automotive stunts. F9 hits theaters 6.25.2021.

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