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Transforming LEGO Technic Car

Transforming LEGO Technic Car

Motorized LEGO cars usually drive in a straight line, or maybe can turn left and right. But Konstrakt Abstrakt designed this unusual Technic vehicle that can reconfigure its four motors and wheels to maneuver into tight parking spaces. You can find the full parts list on Rebrickable.

Driven: 2020 Nissan 370Z Nismo

Driven: 2020 Nissan 370Z Nismo

Nissan is just about to release an new 7th-generation Z, so we figured we’d take its predecessor, the 370Z, for one final ride. Tricked out in the Nismo trim, this 350hp, V6-powered 2-seater is still a blast to drive, loaded with performance upgrades, and as attention-grabbing as ever with its sweet red accents.

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Singer ACS Porsche 911

Singer ACS Porsche 911

This awesome Porsche 911 was built by Singer for its All-terrain Competition Study. Working with rally expert Richard Tuthill they created the car based on a 1990 Type 964, strengthened its core, upgraded its suspension, brakes, tires, engine, and gearbox to survive punishing off-road events like the Baja 1000 and Dakar Rally.

Nissan Office Pod Concept

Nissan Office Pod Concept

For the 2021 virtual Tokyo Auto Salon, Nissan showed off its concept for a sweet office on wheels. Based on their NV350 Caravan, the Office Pod features a desk module that can extend outside its rear, providing fresh air and a view of the world while you sit and work. It also has a see-through floor and a rooftop relaxation area.

The Lady and the Dale (Trailer)

The Lady and the Dale (Trailer)

In the 1970s, Liz Carmichael tried to go up against the big-three automakers with her own car company. The three-wheeled, two-seater Dale was marketed as something revolutionary, but as HBO’s documentary explores, Liz was a master of smoke and mirrors, and eventually went down in a blaze of controversy. Drops 1.31.21.

Carving a Shelby GT500

Carving a Shelby GT500

Woodworking Art is back to show off another amazing handcrafted vehicle. This time he carved a 1:10-scale model of the classic 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, complete with a working hood, trunk, doors, wheels, and steering. He’s started selling some of his works over on Etsy, but they’re quite expensive.

Deal: Segway ES2 Ninebot KickScooter

Segway’s ES2 electric scooter can hit speeds up to 15 mph and travel up to 15 miles per charge. It weighs just 27.6 pounds, and folds up for easy one-handed carrying. It has both front- and rear-wheel shocks for a smooth ride, and electro-mechanical anti-lock brakes. Save 15% off the original price in The Awesomer Shop.

Driven: 2021 Ram 1500 TRX

Driven: 2021 Ram 1500 TRX

We were fortunate to spend several days dashing through the snow in Ram’s 702 horsepower sleigh. This beast of a truck does everything that the already great Ram 1500 does, just faster and with more brawn. It’s basically a muscle car with an off-road suspension – and a rich kids’ plaything like nothing else.

Galactic Black Car

Galactic Black Car

We recently took a tour of a room painted in the world’s blackest paint. DipYourCar applied the same Musou Black paint to a car. The paint absorbs 99.4% of visible light, resulting in a strikingly dark background for a shimmering starfield effect they created with by spraying it with thinner and their HyperShift pearl coat.

2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series

2021 Lexus LC 500 Inspiration Series

Limited to just 100 units, this blacked-out edition of the Lexus LC 500 gets a carbon fiber roof, a carbon fiber rear spoiler, 21-inch black forged wheels, and a beautifully understated black and tan interior. In addition to its 471 hp V8, this model has a Torsen limited-slip differential and a rear performance rod for enhanced handling.

2021 Dakar Rally Onboard Footage

2021 Dakar Rally Onboard Footage

The Dakar Rally is known as one of the world’s most challenging and dangerous races. Driver Benediktas Vanagas shared in-car footage of his Toyota Gazoo Racing truck from Stage 9 of the race, as he and his co-driver tore through a stretch of the route that runs along the Red Sea coast then into the desert. (Thanks Algirdas!)

Tiny Cybertruck

Tiny Cybertruck

It seems as if the primitive design of Tesla’s Cybertruck makes it fairly easy to replicate, so this one resourceful dad decided to build his kid a Cybertruck body for his electric go kart. Just for fun, he let the kid use it to tow his Mercedes-Benz R-Class MPV. It also does a mean J-turn.

Sci-fi Car Engine Badges

Sci-fi Car Engine Badges

You could bring your car to a professional tuning shop to give its engine more power, or you could upgrade it with a Dilithium warp drive, an FTL jump unit, or a 1.21 gigawatt Flux Capacitor. DarkStarLab has you covered with their series of stick-on chrome plastic car badges inspired by classic sci-fi propulsion systems.

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2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

2021 Jeep Grand Cherokee L

Jeep gets luxurious with a new addition to its Grand Cherokee line. Borrowing design queues from the Grand Wagoneer concept, this SUV has three rows, and is offered with quilted leather seats, walnut trim, a 10.1″ touchscreen, and a 19-speaker McIntosh audio system. It’s still off-road capable and can ford up to 24″ of water.

Working Back to the Future Hoverboard

Working Back to the Future Hoverboard

A few years back, Lexus created a working prototype of a Hoverboard. But it required a special supercooled track. Hacksmith Industries worked with engineer Jimmy Zhou to create a version that uses rapidly-spinning magnets. Plus it looks like the board that Marty McFly rode in the movie. Check out part one of the build here.

Gullwing

Gullwing

Inspired by the design of the amazing Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, artist João Elias created this wonderful CGI animation of the classic German sports car. Blending fantasy with photorealism, the clip starts with the car assembling itself, then tearing across the Bonneville salt flats, leaving a trail of dust in its wake.

Engineering a Climbing LEGO Car

Engineering a Climbing LEGO Car

If you slap wheels onto a basic motorized LEGO vehicle, it will have a hard time climbing over obstacles. The Brick Experiment Channel tested out a variety of design and drivetrain modifications to their car to see what it would take to climb over stacks of books with the best results.

Volkswagen EV Charging Robot

Volkswagen EV Charging Robot

One challenge for electric vehicles is the limited availability of chargers. Volkswagen is showing off a robot that can drive around a parking lot, connect to a vehicle, and charge it no matter what space it’s parked in. It can also leave a charging pack next to a car and fetch another to charge multiple vehicles at once.

FPV Drone Chases Off-Roaders

FPV Drone Chases Off-Roaders

Drone pilot Johnny FPV takes us on an exhilirating off-road journey through the King of the Hammers desert in Johnson Valley, California. Throughout this epic one-shot clip, he stays hot on the tails of SxS racing champions Seth Quintero and Mitch Guthrie Jr.

Driven: 2020 Land Rover Defender 110 Launch Edition

Driven: 2020 Land Rover Defender 110 Launch Edition

The Land Rover Defender is known for its impressive off-road capabilities and ability to go places few other vehicles dare to tread. But the latest model is so much more, offering comfort and technology that transform it into a splendid luxury SUV for the other 364 days of the year that you’re not hitting the trails.

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Giftwrapped Lamborghini

Giftwrapped Lamborghini

Dreaming of a new car with a big red ribbon from Santa? Car collector and rally driver Harrison Woodruff one-upped that notion by gift-wrapping his entire Lamborghini Urus, and topping it with a lit Xmas tree. A metamorphosis is to come when the car is redesigned by 1016 Industries in 2021.

Win a C8 Corvette, Track Time, and VIP Watkins Glen Access

Enter to win a 2020 Corvette Stingray Z51, two days at Ron Fellows Performance Driving School, two 2021 memberships to the Jack Daniels Club and an hour of track time with a pro instructor at Watkins Glen International. Donations help support the International Motor Racing Research Center. Our readers get 30% bonus entries.

Hot Hatches of the 1970s

Hot Hatches of the 1970s

When gearheads think of hot hatches, the Volkswagen Golf GTI often comes to mind as the genre’s first entry. Goodwood Road & Racing looks back at the early days’ hot hatches to show off some even earlier models, along with other small and agile cars which kicked off the trend in Europe.

Hennessey Venom F5

Hennessey Venom F5

Hennessey Performance has taken wraps of the production version of its Venom F5 hypercar. The $2.1 million rear-wheel-drive monster has a 6.6L turbo V8 that makes an insane 1817 hp. With a low-drag aero shape and a carbon fiber body, the car weighs just 2,998 lb for the best power-to-weight ratio of any road car. Top speed: 311 mph.

Win a Restored 1966 Chevy Impala

In 1966, Chevrolet produced just 1856 of its Impala Sport Coupe, rocking a 427ci Turbo-Jet V8. This Regal Red Impala has a 4-speed manual, cranks out 425 horsepower, and looks as good as the day it left the factory. One lucky entrant will win this awesome car while helping to support charities. Plus, Awesomer readers get double entries.

Invisible Bike Wheels

Invisible Bike Wheels

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 look.

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