Motor Trend has been producing its World’s Greatest Drag Race series since 2011. Now look back at a decade worth of amazing sports cars battling it out for straight line supremacy, from the original Nissan GT-R to the McLaren Senna to the Porsche 911 Turbo S. It’s worth watching just for the exhaust notes alone.
Spanish automaker SEAT’s CUPRA performance division created this slick hot hatch with a massive wing in the back and wide wheel arches. Its electric drivetrain makes 335 continuous and 429 peak horsepower, launching it to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds. The concept teases a compact production EV slated for 2025.
We spent a few days getting to know Dodge’s 797 horsepower, Hellcat-powered sedan, and all we can say is “wow.” This monster of a car isn’t just insanely fast off the line, it’s also incredibly comfortable. The widebody kit means wider tires and more grip for faster acceleration, and it just looks badass too.
(PG-13: Lyrics) Musicians Tom McGovern and A. Rob present a rap song about living large while watching their carbon footprints and saving gas money so they can spend it on gold chains. My Prius celebrates Toyota’s fuel-sipping hybrid, and extolls the benefits it affords its owners.
This tricked-out GMC Canyon AT4 has been outfitted for overland adventures. The lifted pickup truck has added underbody protection, a heavy-duty front bumper with a winch, recovery points, a swing-out spare tire, and windshield guy lines. It also packs a kitchenette, a drawer bed storage system, a roof-mounted tent, and more.
In 2018, Cadillac built just 162 of the CTS-V Championship Edition sedan. It packs a 640 hp supercharged V8, and looks great in Crystal White with red mirror caps, and a red accented interior. One lucky entrant will win this amazing car, while helping to support charities. Plus, Awesomer readers get double entries for a limited time.
These LED-illuminated bike pedals improve nighttime safety while looking awesome. They’re much brighter than standard bike lights and have sensors to keep the white light forward and red light backward. Their light modules can be removed for charging or attached to other locations such as handlebars or a seat post.
The Brick Experiment Channel follows up its video of LEGO vehicles climbing over things with a series of more challenging obstacles. The new vehicle design includes a second adjustable joint, which allows it to climb objects and surfaces that look like they should be impossible to traverse.
Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations have crafted the ultimate incarnation of the Range Rover Sport SVR. The 575 hp V8 performance SUV comes in bespoke blue and grey paints with sparkly glass flake base coats, or satin black. It has a black roof, white accents, a carbon fiber hood, and rides on 22″ gloss black alloy wheels.
Toyota Gazoo Racing teamed up with Legoland Japan to build this 1:1 scale replica of a 2021 GR Supra. Its 477,303 LEGO bricks make for an incredibly accurate model, and it even can drive – though its 4,165 lb. curb weight and modest electric motor offer a top speed of just 17 mph, a far cry from the Supra’s 155 mph limit.
Pro racer Travis Pastrana smashed his own record at the Mt. Washington Hill Climb driving the same 862 hp Subaru WRX STI he used to shred tires in Gymkhana 2020. He absolutely nailed the butt-clenching twists, turns, and drop-offs, recording a time of 5 minutes 28.67 seconds – smoking his closest competitor by 45 seconds.
The new Nissan Z features a streamlined design that takes inspiration from the 280Z and 300Z, but still looks modern. Its notable upgrades are a 3.0L twin-turbo engine that makes 400hp and 350 lb-ft. of torque, an available 9-speed automatic, a new cockpit with a digital dashboard, and available two-tone leather trim.
It’s tricky enough to back up an 18-wheeler in a straight line, but truck driver Niall Reid is a show-off. Not only did he roll his truck wheels backward without hitting the teacup on the ground, but he also used its hydraulic suspension to dip a tea bag into it for his afternoon break.
Everyday car tires are made mostly by machine, but the high-end tires used for racing are made by hand. In this clip from Street FX Motorsport TV, they take us inside Michelin Motorsport’s HQ in France for a look at the tire-making process, building up layer by layer of rubber, textiles, steel, and adhesive on spinning drums.
We headed to Monticello Motor Club in rural New York to drive the new Toyota GR 86. The 2+2 sports coupe shares its powertrain and chassis with the Subaru BRZ, with unique Toyota styling and tuning. The latest version has a larger 2.4-liter Boxer engine that produces 228 hp and offers a much-improved torque curve.
The Lamborghini Countach was the sexy object of affection for many an ’80s kid. Now, Lambo is bringing back the Countach badge with a modern car that rocks an 808 hp V12 + electric hybrid powertrain, a monocoque chassis, and a carbon fiber body. It does 0-to-62 mph in 2.8 sec. and tops out at 221 mph. Just 112 will be made.
The Tesla Model 3 is a modern and zippy electric daily driver. Now it’s off-road capable thanks to Rich Rebuilds and Grind Hard Plumbing Co.. They started with a totaled Model 3 with all-wheel-drive, fixed its electrical issues, widened its wheel spacing, lifted it 2″, and added a 12,000 lb. winch and Falken Wildpeak off-road tires.
One lucky entrant will win this C8 Vette in Elkhart Blue Metallic. The mid-engined beast has the Z51 package, a 495hp 6.2L V8, Magnetic Ride Control suspension, an electronic limited-slip diff, and more. Awesomer readers get 30% bonus entries while supporting the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Sweepstakes ends 8.14.2021.
The DeLorean DMC-12 is best known as the time-traveling car in the Back to the Future movies. While the real DeLorean could eventually hit 88mph, it didn’t exactly do it quickly with its 130 hp V6. Electric Future checks out a modded DMC-12 that can zoom from 0-to-60 in about 5 seconds thanks to parts from a Nissan Leaf.
Audi’s bold concept car showcases the brand’s future design direction and emphasis on electric drivetrains. The elongated roadster combines luxury, performance, and modern technology including the ability to shape shift and extend its wheelbase by 10″. View the full reveal on Audi’s YouTube channel.
Most cars have a 4-, 6-, or 8-cylinder engine. Even a $2 Million Bugatti tops out at 16 cylinders. But this LEGO vehicle has an insane 100-cylinder powertrain. Brick Experiment Channel built this monster which is so long that it needs a 10-point turn to turn a corner. Fortunately, there is a fix – stacking the engine vertically.
What do you do when you need to transport a school bus across a dry lake bed? You tow it with a bigger bus, naturally. That’s what the guys from DieselSellerz did with their red-white-and-blue “Freedom Bus” which dwarfed the little yellow school bus bringing up the rear.
There’s no arguing that BMW Performance Center Driving Schools are the premier performance driving schools in the country, offering a wide range of behind-the-wheel and in-the-classroom courses to make better drivers out of mere mortals with a driver’s license and $2,500-10,000 in fun money.
Hop on board for a fantastically fast and quiet ride around Laguna Seca in Unplugged Performance’s 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid aka “Dark Helmet”. With Randy Pobst behind the wheel, the car set an EV track record, with a 1:28.213 lap time. The tuned car has a stock drivetrain with upgraded aero, suspension, and tires.
Keep your pens, pencils, erasers, and other office supplies organized and out of sight inside this miniature of Volkswagen’s iconic Type 1 camper van. It’s also great for storing cookies and candies if you get a case of the munchies between Zoom calls – it makes a great gift for VW fans and hippies of all ages.
After carving a kid-sized wooden Bugatti Centodieci, ND Woodworking Art found an even more expensive vehicle to build – a working, scale replica of the world’s most valuable car, the Ferrari GTO 250. The wooden version appears to be somewhere between 1/2- and 3/4-scale of the real car.