Electric bicycles are a fast and fun way to get around. However, they have limited range due to their small battery packs. Peter Sripol wanted to see if he could build an eBike that never needs recharging as long as the sun is shining. The downside? The trailer of solar panels he has to drag along. Build starts at 2:20.
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Paddling along in a canoe can be a quiet and relaxing pastime. But the guys at The Hacksmith are having none of that. So they took a couple of jet engines from a past project and mounted them to the back of their boat. The finished canoe is crazy loud, quick, and looks dangerously flippable.
After amping up their Barbie Power Wheels Mustang, the guys from Grind Hard Plumbing Co. have built another go-kart on steroids. This time, they made a crazy off-roader based on the Power Wheels Jeep Hurricane, powered by a 100hp KTM motorcycle engine, with 4WD, and an off-road suspension. Dyno footage here.
Jared Owen always does a great job explaining how things work by creating 3D animations of their inner workings. This time, he walks us through the caterpillar-tracked M1A2 Abrams tank, which weighs in at an incredible 68 tons, and can cross just about any terrain. We had no idea these things were powered by jet fuel.
Ever wondered what it would be like inside of a car tire as it rolled down the road? We now have the answer, thanks to Warped Perception, who mounted a GoPro and lights inside a wheel before mounting a tire on it. Since the camera can’t see the outside world, all we see is the rubber deforming as it rolls over bumps.
Featuring the same twin-turbo engine as the first Veloster N, there’s now an optional 8-speed wet dual-clutch transmission in addition to the 6-speed manual. Hyundai’s hot hatch now includes as standard the 275hp Performance Package, lightweight sport seats, and a bunch of new safety and driver assistance tech.
Richard Branson revealed details of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo’s sleek interior cabin. Each of the six reclining passenger seats minimize g-forces during boost and re-entry, relays flight data on a personal screen, has a pilot communication system, and comes with an out-of-this-world ticket price: $250,000.
We already know that the Lexus LC 500 is one sexy and magnificent sports car. Now find out how the new drop-top variant stacks up to the coupe, and what other changes come along with the convertible roof. Read on to learn more about this luxurious performance car.
This burnout machine was built by Ford Performance and RTR to show off the potential of a pure-electric drivetrain. Based on the Mustang Mach-E, this one-off prototype uses seven motors and a high-performance battery to generate 1400 hp, while its monster wing and aero bits create up to 2300 lb of downforce at 160 mph.
Given the brand partnership between Ford and LEGO, there’s a good chance we’ll see an official LEGO version of the new 2021 Ford Bronco at some point, but for now, let’s appreciate these fan-made designs by Ford engineer and brick builder Peter Blackert, who made models of both the 2-door and 4-door versions of the SUV.
Make It Extreme likes to build all kinds of crazy machines and vehicles, and their latest is pretty awesome. Imagine a motorized wheelchair that drives like a tank, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what you’re about to see. For more detail, check out the tank tread and transmission build videos.
We spent a day with Ford Performance on the track at Autobahn Country Club, where we scored some wheel time in the awesome 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500. This 760hp supercharged beast is surprisingly well behaved in the corners, despite being inspired by a straight-line drag car.
Take a surprisingly quiet and soothing journey inside of FCA’s Toledo Assembly Complex, where Jeep manufactures its Gladiator pickup trucks. Watch as an army of Kuka robots do the welding and body construction, complemented by a team of skilled humans who do much of the detail work to assemble the finished vehicle.
Sporting sleek, concept car looks, the all-electric Ariya kicks off a new direction for Nissan. The crossover offers up to 389hp in its e-4ORCE AWD version, and up to 300 miles of range with its 90kWh battery. Its interior is modern and minimal, and offers tech like ProPILOT Assist 2.0, which enables hands-free highway driving.
Love the rugged looks of the new Ford Bronco, but want something a little more compact? Sharing a platform with the Escape, the Bronco Sport comes with standard 4WD, an off-road capable independent suspension, and is powered by a 1.5L, 181hp turbo 3-cylinder or 2.0L, 245hp turbo 4-cylinder engine.
Limited to just 300 units, this special edition of the Polaris Slingshot 3-wheeler includes quilted comfort seats, a Ripper Series wind deflector, a color-matched Slingshade roof and rear fender, and interior accent lighting. We love the color combo of the rich Fairway Green paint with the bronze wheels and accents.
The new Bronco is here, and it’s ready to tear up the trails. It comes in both 2-door and 4-door models, with a 2.3L turbo-4 @270hp or a 2.7L turbo-6 @310hp. 4WD and a 2-speed transfer case are standard, and the SUV has removable doors, roof sections, and body panels. Reservations start 7.13.20 at 8pm EDT on Ford.com.
Jeep hasn’t made a Wrangler with a V8 since 1981, but is teasing us with a concept 4×4 that packs a 6.4L engine making 450 hp and 450 lb-ft. of torque. It also rocks a 2-inch lift kit, Dana 44 axles, electric front- and rear-axle lockers, 37″ mud-terrain tires, and a sub-5 second 0-to-60 time. Here’s hoping they put it into production.
Superstrata uses an advanced 3D-printing process to build a bike customized to each rider’s weight, arm and leg lengths, riding positions, and preferred stiffness levels. Its thermoplastic carbon fiber frame us made without joints for maximum strength. Two versions will be made: the pedal-powered Terra, and the Ion, an e-bicycle.
Mazda takes its stylish and fun to drive compact car and bestows it with a much more powerful engine. The 2.5L turbo-4 bumps this Mazda3 to a respectable 250 hp and 320 lb-ft. of torque, along with standard AWD, black 18″ wheels, and more. Coming to both sedan and hatchback variants late 2020.
Over the years, The Q has made some unique vehicles, from a walking bicycle to a cardboard F1 car. This time out, he set out to build one of those hamster wheel-inspired monowheels, primarily out of wood. We assume the long beams sticking in front of the pedal-powered wheel help act as a counterbalance.
Stuck home with some time on his hands, Jason Hibbs of Bourbon Moth Woodworking figured his lawnmower could use an upgrade. So he got to building a wooden frame and boxed in the ride-on machine with plywood, then painted it all to look like a tank. It can even fire potatoes from its gun while it cuts the grass.
Since its redesign in 2019, the Toyota RAV4 has been one of our favorite family vehicles, combining style, versatility, and dynamic handling in a package that won’t bust your wallet. The new RAV4 Prime is the best of the bunch, with amazing fuel economy, a 302 hp drivetrain, and the ability to drive entirely on electric power.
Dodge continues to cram its Hellcat V8 into more vehicles, this time bestowing the three-row Durango SUV with the 6.2-liter supercharged engine, making 710 hp and 645 lb-ft. of torque. It can launch from 0-to-60 in just 3.5 sec., and do a 1/4-mile in 11.5 sec on its way to a 180 mph top speed. Oh, and it can tow 8,700 pounds.
Kia says goodbye to the Optima, and hello to the K5. The sedan features an all-new platform, a slick new fastback look, and a lower, longer, and wider stance. Two turbo-4 engines will be available: a 1.6L with 180 hp and 195 lb-ft. torque (FWD or AWD), and a 2.5L with 290 hp and 311 lb-ft. torque, which comes standard on the K5 GT.
Zack Nelson and his wife Cambry from JerryRigEverything teamed up with Utah Trikes to develop an alternative to wheelchairs which gives people with disabilities the freedom to roam off-road. The electric quad chair can be equipped with a full suspension and knobby tires, and offers a range up to 35 miles.
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