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2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6: Design

2023 Hyundai Ioniq 6: Design

Hyundai’s electric sedan puts the Tesla Model 3 in its sights with its aerodynamic design. It has a modern and spacious cockpit with a digital dashboard, ambient lighting, and sustainable materials. Sharing its platform with the Ionic 5, expect RWD models to start around 168 hp and AWD up to 320 hp with a range of 300+ mi.

World’s Largest Bicycle Bell

World’s Largest Bicycle Bell

After being ignored by too many distracted drivers and joggers, Cody Hovland decided to give his bicycle an upgrade. He built an enormous bell to mount on its frame in hopes that they might actually pay attention. He built its main body from a Weber BBQ grill, but it’s the mechanism inside that really gets the job done.

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F1 Steering Wheel Buttons Explained

F1 Steering Wheel Buttons Explained

Poke your head inside the cockpit of a modern Formula 1 race car, and you won’t see an ordinary steering wheel. Instead, you’ll see a detachable controller with a bunch of cryptic buttons and dials on it. WTF1 went inside the pits at a race for a rapid-fire explanation of what everything does on a Mercedes F1 car wheel.

Goodwood Hill Climb Record Run

Goodwood Hill Climb Record Run

The climb to the top of the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the world’s most famous time trials. At the 2022 hill climb, a tiny experimental EV called the McMurtry Spéirling set a record of 39.08 seconds, in part due to the car’s innovative design, which uses fans to generate massive amounts of downforce.

Driven: 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4WD

Driven: 2022 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LT 4WD

When it comes to 1/2-ton pickup trucks, the Chevrolet Silverado 1500 is the sleekest and most modern-looking on the market. The drivetrain and technology continue that theme with an available high-efficiency turbocharged engine, large digital displays, and up-to-date safety and connectivity tech.

Ford Pro Electric SuperVan

Ford Pro Electric SuperVan

Over the years, Ford Europe has created race-equipped vans to promote their production models. For 2022, they created this modified E-Transit Custom van with four electric motors and 1973 hp. It does 0 to 62 mph in under 2 seconds, and has modes for road, track, drift, rally, and drag racing. This video offers an in-depth look.

Turning a Scooter into a Three-Wheel Car

Turning a Scooter into a Three-Wheel Car

Meanwhile in the Garage took an ordinary gas-powered scooter and transformed it into a three-wheeled vehicle that looks like something from the set of a sci-fi movie. He initially had built a cockpit that kept it as a two-wheeler, but later grafted on the front of an ATV for its final appearance.

Two Half Wheel Bike

Two Half Wheel Bike

If you split a wheel in half, you shouldn’t still be able to ride on it, right? Well, watch this video from The Q, in which he cut two bike wheels and tires down the middle, connected them with a long chain and positioned them so one half is always touching the ground. Miraculously, the bike rides just fine.

LEGO Motorcycle Suspension Tester

LEGO Motorcycle Suspension Tester

When engineers want to test a vehicle’s suspension, they use a variety of methods, including test tracks, hydraulic posts, and treadmills. Brick Technology built a miniature version of the treadmill test using LEGO Technic components and used it to see how different motorcycle suspension setups absorb shocks.

Land Cruiser Armor Testing

Land Cruiser Armor Testing

Toyota vehicles are known for their durability and reliability. But even a Land Cruiser can’t stand up to explosions without the help of some armor. Vehicle security company Inkas shows how their armor systems can help protect occupants of the SUV by hitting it with ammunition, grenades, land mines, and dynamite.

Driving Facing Backwards

Driving Facing Backwards

Inspired by a vehicle in the 1960s action show Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons, Tom Scott wanted to test whether it is feasible to drive a vehicle forwards via a video screen while facing backwards. The folks at Sparkmate helped put together a rig that let Tom test the idea using a custom go kart steered by a video game controller.

Driven: 2023 Nissan Z Performance

Driven: 2023 Nissan Z Performance

The Nissan Z is back and it’s simply fantastic. We spent a week living with the 2023 Z, and it’s everything we hoped for. The new Z deftly balances nostalgia and modernity with its thoughtful design, performance, and technology. A powerful drivetrain and spirited handling make this the best Z car in years.

Matchstick Rocket Car vs. Rocket Truck

Matchstick Rocket Car vs. Rocket Truck

The S has a thing for building matchstick-powered rocket engines. This time, their goal was to create two flame-shooting vehicles out of cardboard, then crash them head-on into each other to view the fiery wreckage. It took a few attempts to get them to launch at the same time, but the money shot was worth it.

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ResortBoard Scooter

ResortBoard Scooter

Developed by the makers of the GolfBoard, this personal mobility device is designed for getting around large resorts, campgrounds, and other places with a lot of ground to cover. Riding on all-terrain tires with undercarriage protection, it can ride on- or off-road. It runs up to 15 miles per charge on-road, and 12.5 miles off.

C3 R/C Drink Coolers

C3 R/C Drink Coolers

C3’s remote-controlled coolers keep drinks chilled and look awesome doing it. They come in several body styles, including SUV, truck, and even a Zamboni, in numerous color schemes with stock or custom graphics. Each has a foam-insulated, 24-can cooler, Bluetooth sound, LED headlights, and can tow an add-on trailer.

Airstream Heritage Center

Airstream Heritage Center

A one-of-a-kind collection of vintage “Silver Bullet” trailers highlight the Airstream Heritage Center inside the company’s Jackson Center, Ohio HQ. The museum documents 90+ years of innovation with displays, archives, and awesome models including a 1938 Clipper, Wally Byam’s Gold Airstream, and a painted Argosy trailer.

Road Testing Ken Block’s Hoonipigasus

Road Testing Ken Block’s Hoonipigasus

Pro rally driver Ken Block is road-testing his insane Hoonipigasus. The 1,400 hp AWD Porsche SVRSR racecar is a widebody pink monster built for the 100th Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado on June 26. The brutal 12.42-mile course has 156 turns and an elevation gain of 4,725 feet, with the finish line at 14,115 feet.

Driven: Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

Driven: Jeep Grand Cherokee L Summit Reserve

They say, “a rising tide lifts all boats.” That’s definitely the case with the Jeep Grand Cherokee L and its top-of-the-line Summit Reserve trim. The styling and refinement of the long-wheelbase SUV benefit greatly from the design, engineering, and technology of its bigger and pricier brother, the Grand Wagoneer.

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Sounds Off

Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro Sounds Off

The Aston Martin Valkyrie AMR Pro is an insanely powerful race car with a 6.5-liter V12 engine that revs to 11,000 RPM and makes 1000 hp. Aerial Automotive shared this footage of the cars zooming around Laguna Seca Raceway and wowing gearheads with ear candy. He also shot some epic in-car footage. (Thanks, Nathan!)

Wooden Bugatti Centodieci

Wooden Bugatti Centodieci

The Bugatti Centodieci is an incredible car, inspired by the automaker’s 110+ year history. Just 10 of the cars were produced, at a price of $9 million each. The guys from ND Woodworking Art couldn’t quite afford one, so they built a kid-sized version out of wood. It has working lights, steering, and a basic drivetrain.

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Cars with Headlight Wipers

Cars with Headlight Wipers

While some cars still offer the ability to wash the dirt off of headlights, today’s tech relies on powerful sprayers. Back in the day, car companies came up with all kinds of clever designs for tiny wipers to keep headlights clean. After you watch that, enjoy a satisfying montage of modern headlight washers.

Driven: 2023 Toyota Sequoia

Driven: 2023 Toyota Sequoia

The 2023 Sequoia has a muscular new look, drawing directly from its pickup truck brother, the Toyota Tundra. It has a powerful new hybrid drivetrain, excellent towing capacity, and offers a smooth and comfortable ride. Read on for our thoughts on this handsome full-size SUV from our first drive on the streets of Texas.

65 MPH Bike Ride

65 MPH Bike Ride

The fastest we’ve ever ridden a bicycle was about 35 mph downhill and that was sketchy. But cyclist Brian “Safa” Wagner has a need for speed, and he shared this video of a ride from the mountains into the desert during which he hit speeds up to 65 mph. The crazy thing is the world record is 184 mph – with the help of a dragster.

Making an Omni-Sphere Vehicle

Making an Omni-Sphere Vehicle

Engineer James Bruton is fascinated with omni-directional wheels. For this video, he set out to make a vehicle that rolls on three split-hemisphere balls which can move in any direction. He’s since added a seat to it, resulting in what is basically the world’s most powerful office chair.

Kammok Crosswing Car Awning

Kammok Crosswing Car Awning

Kammok’s innovative vehicle awning deploys with one person in just three seconds and requires no ground supports. So you can enjoy a shady outdoor space wherever you go and whenever you feel like it. Its durable polyester fabric keeps you dry even in the pouring rain. Available in 5-foot-wide and 7-foot-wide versions.

Safe Towing Treadmill Demonstration

Safe Towing Treadmill Demonstration

You might think that towing a trailer looks pretty easy, but there’s a lot you need to be aware of to tow a payload safely. This demonstration video from Weigh Safe shows a scale pickup truck pulling a trailer with an ATV, and how important weight distribution is, especially at higher speeds. (Thanks Steve!)

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