The basement beneath L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum holds one of the world’s greatest private collections: a treasure trove of 250+ iconic and rare cars, trucks, and motorcycles that few visitors ever see. For the first time, you can sign up for free (donations welcome) 60-minute live-stream tours of their exclusive vault.
THE BEST Rides
If you find yourself in Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, you might come across this unique timepiece. The video wall displays the current time using top-down footage of cars being driven into positions that form digits. The video was directed by Roni Azgad for the car rental company Shlomo SIXT. We’d love to see a 24 hour time-lapse.
This rugged electric skateboard is built for all-terrain riding. It features 4-wheel independent suspension and an impressive 6.1″ ground clearance to take you over the roughest surfaces. It comes in 2WD or 4WD configs, with 2000W or 4000W of power, respectively. Top speed for both boards is 27 mph.
While we’re hoping to get behind of the wheel of the new Land Rover Defender soon, a small group of journalists was invited to take the rugged, yet modern off-roader on a 3-day drive through the harsh terrain of Namibia. Carfection’s Henry Catchpole was one of the lucky few, and shares with us his African odyssey.
Cleveland Cyclewerks‘ electric motorcycle offers versatility through its configurability. Riders can choose between five drive modes from max range Eco to a high torque boost mode. It’s powered by a 17.5 hp, 300-amp motor, with a hot-swappable battery pack, and can drive up to 180 miles in Eco mode. Top speed is around 85 mph.
This custom Mini Moke might look adorable, but she’s got it where it counts. French vehicle customizer Lazareth managed to build a modern tribute to the tiny utility vehicle using an aluminum chassis, and the V8 from a Maserati, bestowing it with a ridiculous 460 hp. Just listen to her purr.
There are many legendary motorsports events in the world, but most are out of reach for the average person. To run the Baja 1000 or the Dakar rally requires a pro-level team. But there’s one event that can lay claim to the title of Most Extreme Driving Event, and pretty much anyone can do it. That event is the Alcan 5000 Rally.
Racing expert Rhys Millen and Off Road Racer show off a whole new 4WD vehicle platform that combines parts from rallycross vehicles with a scaled-up UTV chassis to create a faster and stronger off-road racer with trophy truck looks. Its design allows for a wide variety of off-the-shelf turbo-4 engines too.
This extravagant electric motorcycle features a dramatic body made with real wood, wrapped around an exoskeleton chassis. At its core is a battery pack capable of 186 miles of range, and a high-torque motor that can achieve a top speed of 136 mph. The company is taking €2,000 pre-order deposits the €60,000 bike.
While it’s possible to build a hubless bicycle, it’s a mechanically complex feat. Builder The Q came up with a different approach that does away with spokes, replacing them with thick polyacrylate sheets. We’re not sure how durable they are, or how they affect ride quality, but it’s a really cool visual.
This electric mobility device folds up to a ridiculously small size, making it easy to carry just about anywhere. It rides like a bike, but with scooter-sized wheels. Its battery provides 30 km (~18.6 mi) of range, with a top speed of 18 km/h (~11.5 mph). It weighs just 32 lb, and measures 455 x 320 x 230 mm (~ 17.9 x 12.6 x 12.6″ ) when folded.
Builder Colin Furze shows off one of his craziest vehicles ever, a hydraulic tank that moves across the earth using giant screw threads. It’s the great destroyer of lawns, and makes a horribly muddy mess, but is surprisingly agile and powerful. Check out Colin’s build videos here.
We were fortunate to take an exclusive trip to Park City, Utah, where we indulged in the winter sports lifestyle, and enjoyed a variety of Toyota’s all-wheel drive vehicles in a magnificent mountain setting. Along the way, we learned that these dependable cars, crossovers, and SUVs instill great confidence regardless of the weather.
Tuning house Brabus amps up the rugged Mercedes G 63 AMG, bestowing its engine with 789 hp and 737 lb-ft. of torque, upping its ground clearance to 19″, stretching its wheelbase by 20″, upgrading its axles, adding a winch, and much more. It even comes with a drone that stows in its bed to capture aerial footage of your adventures.
YouTube channel 3Dbotmaker borrows a page from Jelle’s Marble Runs by creating a miniature racing series with high-quality production values and perfectly straight-faced commentary. The videos feature 1:64 scale diecast cars running a tricky rally circuit alongside teensy trees, rocks, and toy spectators.
The little brother to Bruder’s versatile and capable EXP-6, this smaller model is still rugged as hell, ready to take on the most intense off-road conditions. Its suspension offers insane amounts of wheel travel, and its chassis is airtight and sealed to keep debris and water from getting into it.
The latest in McLaren’s “Longtail” series, the 765LT packs a twin-turbo V8 making 755 bhp and 590 lb-ft. of torque, and cuts 176 lb of weight from the already damned-fast 720S coupe. Combined with an optimized transmission, upgraded aero, and titanium quad exhaust, it’ll dash from 0 to 62 in 2.8 sec, and 0 to 124 mph in 7.2 sec.
The Fiat 500 first debuted in 1957, and became an iconic vehicle in Europe and around the globe. LEGO’s 960-piece expert kit is based on the 1965 500F model, and includes a rear engine, a spare tire under the hood, a folding roof, and luggage to mount on its tailgate. LEGO also built a life-size version out of nearly 190,000 bricks.
Volvo spin-off Polestar shows off its vision for the near future, with a pure EV with clean, minimal styling. Its interior is made with sustainable and recycled materials, dramatically reducing the use of plastics. Its Android-powered UI is designed for clarity and ease of use, and it’s packed with the latest in safety tech.
Petrolicious introduces us to filmmaker and racing enthusiast Niki Byrne, whose car of choice is a 1991 Toyota Previa van, known in some circles as the “Eggvan.” Built during a time when wacky ideas could actually make it into production, this quirky little van has a mid-mounted, supercharged engine, and rear-wheel drive.
We spent a couple of days in the Nevada desert testing out the mid-engined 2020 Corvette Stingray, and yes, it lives up to all of the hype. You can read our in-depth review on 95octane, or you could stay here and find out our Top 10 reasons that the C8 is a fantastic sports car.
Mattel and Tesla have teamed up to create two remote-controlled toys based on Elon Musk’s crazy looking electric pickup. The 1/64-scale version will sell for 20 bucks, while the 1/10-scale version will go for $400, and even includes “cracked window” stickers. They’re only available in limited quantities, and will ship in December 2020.
We headed to snowy Winter Park, Colorado with Rocky Mountain Redline to put AWD cars from Nissan, Dodge, FIAT, Acura, for some Honda through their paces for snowy autocross, drag racing, and donut-making fun. There were no winners or losers, just six great cars and crossovers, all of which can handle inclimate weather with aplomb.
Gymkhana driver Ken Block shows off another awesome vehicle – this one being an off-roader optimized for the slopes. Ken walks us around this custom Can-Am Maverick X3 Max X RS Turbo RR as he prepares to tear up Baldface on its quick-moving Apache Backcountry LT snowtracks. We can’t wait to see the action video.
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