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DIY Mini Nova

DIY Mini Nova

We’ve had some experience around here driving around in microcars, but we’ve never seen anything quite like this custom-built remake of a 1970 Chevy Nova, powered by a Kawasaki motorcycle engine. It looks like a pain to get in and out of, but a blast to drive.

INKAS Sentry Civilian 2020

INKAS Sentry Civilian 2020

Designed for the well-to-do who want the ultimate in security and luxury, the Sentry Civilian 2020 is built like a tank. Based on a Ford F-550, it packs a 6.7L diesel V8, four-wheel drive, is armored to handle rifle shots and grenade blasts, while offering up to six occupants a luxurious environment that looks nicer than most home theaters.

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McLaren Elva

McLaren Elva

McLaren’s exclusive roadster was inspired by Bruce McLaren’s minimal 1960s racers. The carbon fiber two-seater is the lightest production car they’ve ever made, but still packs an 804bhp turbo V8 to rocket it to 62 mph in less than 3 seconds, and 124 mph in 6.7 seconds. Just 399 of the cars will be made, starting at $1.67 million each.

Ford Mustang Lithium

Ford Mustang Lithium

Ford and Webasto turned up at the 2019 SEMA Show with a car that teases the automaker’s electric future. It looks much like any well-equipped pony car, the Mustang Lithium an 800-volt battery pack and a motor that generates 900+ hp and 1000+ lb-ft. of torque. In an unexpected twist, it has a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The Roadside Scholar

The Roadside Scholar

Join The Awesomer editors Gigi Leonard and Paul Strauss for a casual ride-along, as they offer up their off-the-cuff remarks on cars, SUVs, trucks, and other new vehicles. We hope you enjoy our lighthearted take on car reviews, and subscribe to The Awesomer’s YouTube channel for more.

Ford Bronco R Baja Racer

Ford Bronco R Baja Racer

We might have to wait until Spring 2020 to see the new Ford Bronco, but the Bronco R is a hell of a tease. This awesome looking 4×4 from Ford Performance will compete in the Baja 1000 to celebrate Rod Hall and Larry Minor’s legendary 1969 win. It has 14″ of wheel travel in front, 18″ in rear, and is powered by a twin-turbo EcoBoost engine.

ICON FJ40 Roadster

ICON FJ40 Roadster

ICON 4×4 has introduced a stripped-down version of its hand-built Toyota truck tribute. The FJ40 Roadster Edition is all about purity of experience. To trim weight, it has no doors, a fabric roof, and no A/C. But it still rocks a 6.2-liter GM V8 that makes 430hp, and a rugged, lifted suspension that’s ready to dominate any terrain.

Driving 380mph

Driving 380mph

The Bloodhound LSR team marches closer towards their land speed record goal with a jet-powered car that could reach speeds up to 1000mph. Testing has been going well with some crazy fast runs across the Hakskeenpan desert in South Africa with pilot Andy Green behind the controls. They’ve since hit 461 mph.

Driving the 2020 Mustang GT500

Driving the 2020 Mustang GT500

We’re dying to get behind the wheel of the bonkers 760 hp Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, but while we wait for our seat time, we’re going to live vicariously through American Muscle’s Justin Dugan, who drove the beast on the dragstrip and on road during Ford’s launch event. That 5.2L supercharged V8 and quad exhaust sounds amazing.

Most Complicated Donuts

Most Complicated Donuts

In this fun video from Driving Line and Nitto Tire, they set up a Rube Goldberg-style chain reaction machine that eventually triggers some tire-smoking donuts by driver Ryan Tuerck. Along the way, there’s some paintball action, and a nasty looking knife-wielding drone, which thankfully didn’t slash any of the tires – or people.

Hennessey Maximus 1000 Gladiator

Hennessey Maximus 1000 Gladiator

Tuning experts Hennessey Performance took the 2020 Jeep Gladiator pickup truck, gave it a 6.2L Hellcat V8 engine and an amped up supercharger, making 1000 hp and 933 lb-ft. of torque. It has custom bumpers, 20″ wheels, an upgraded suspension with a 6″ lift, and much more. See it in person at the 2019 SEMA Show.

2020 Indian Challenger

2020 Indian Challenger

Looking for a fat cat bagger motorcycle for long road trips? Look no further. The Indian Challenger is set up for performance and comfort, with a 122hp 60º V-twin engine, and loaded with modern conveniences like cruise control, GPS navigation, as well as Smart Lean tech for the safest cornering and braking possible.

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.

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Toyota’s Future of Mobility

Toyota’s Future of Mobility

We spent a week in Tokyo, Japan learning all about Toyota’s plans for the future, as it expands its horizons from conventional cars, to providing mobility solutions for all. The future includes ultra-compact battery-electric vehicles, self-driving cars, and even cars that can adapt to your mood.

Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé

Jaguar Vision Gran Turismo Coupé

It may only be a video game fantasy, but Jaguar’s futuristic race car for Gran Turismo Sport looks incredible. The sleek, wide, and low racer takes inspiration from classics like the C-Type and D-Type, but is a modern powerhouse with over 1000 hp being generated by three electric motors, and a virtual 0-to-60 time under 2 seconds.

GM Defense Infantry Squad Vehicle

GM Defense Infantry Squad Vehicle

General Motors Defense presents a troop transporter based on the rugged Chevy Colorado ZR2 pickup. It’s got an open air design with a roll cage, secure seating for nine, skid plates, and beefy off-road suspension and tires. Its minimal structure and mounting points allow it to be deployed from a helicopter using a sling.

HyperGoGo Kart

HyperGoGo Kart

Have one of those self-balancing, two-wheeled hoverboards? The HyperGoGo transforms any hoverboard into into a working go kart. It adds an adjustable chassis, racing seat, steering wheel, lever control, shocks, front wheels, and disc brakes. Since it folds down small you can even fit it in your car trunk.

Norweigian Cruise Line Speedways

Norweigian Cruise Line Speedways

Norwegian Cruise Line hits the gas with the largest go-kart speedways at sea on its two newest mega-ships, the enormously entertaining Joy, Encore, and Bliss. The Awesomer buckled up for the ultimate wild ride on the Bliss’ bi-level, indoor-outdoor track in a tricked out electric kart with its headrest blasting F1 racing sounds.

Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept

Lexus LF-30 Electrified Concept

Lexus looks ahead to 2030. This luxury electric coupe concept is powered by four in-wheel motors, and packs autonomous and driver-assistance technologies. Its windows are dimmable, and it has an interactive ceiling display that floats above rear seat passengers. With an estimated 536 hp, it can zoom to 62 mph in 3.8 sec.

Cyclekarts

Cyclekarts

Cyclekarting is all about zooming about in tiny single-seat race cars. Each one is handbuilt, inspired by a famous vintage car, with a tiny engine, and skinny motorcycle wheels. eGarage introduces us to a group of enthusiasts who get together to share their passion and rally each year in Tieton, Washington. (Thanks Steven!)

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LEGO Go-Kart

LEGO Go-Kart

We’ve seen several life-size vehicles built from LEGO bricks, but most of them look as costly and complicated as the real cars they’re based on. The guys at LEGO remote-control maker BuWizz built something more down to earth – a working LEGO go-kart that can hold a human rider. It’s not fast, but it’s still nifty. (Thanks Rob!)

Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo XC40 Recharge

Volvo takes its already fun and stylish XC40 compact crossover, and makes it even more appealing, offering up a fully-electric model with an AWD powertrain, making 408hp, and zooming from 0-to-62 in 4.9 sec. It’s expected to have a range of about 248 mi, and can charge to 80% in 40 minutes on a fast-charger.

The World’s Shortest Test Drive

The World’s Shortest Test Drive

To promote some of the many high-tech features in its 2019 Sorento SUV, Kia and David&Goliath put together this precisely-choreographed promotional spot which manages to demonstrate 17 different capabilities in under 30 seconds, and over a distance of 335 feet. Read on for the full list of features.

Driven: 2019 Hyundai Veloster N

Driven: 2019 Hyundai Veloster N

We’ve always loved the sporty and playful looks of the Hyundai Veloster. Now its performance lives up to its looks thanks to a powerful 250 or 275hp twin-turbo engine, track-tuned suspension, a limited-slip diff, and more. After a week with this bad boy, we’re convinced it’s the most fun you can have with a new car for under $30K.

Chasing Cars at Gotthard Pass

Chasing Cars at Gotthard Pass

A duo of Porsches takes to one of world’s best roads – Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, and DJI was on hand to capture the action with their Mavic 2 Pro drone, FPV system, and Osmo Action camera. Whether you’re into cars, cinematography, technology, or travel, there’s a little something for everyone in this brief clip. BTS here.

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