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Crazy Fast Toy Train

Crazy Fast Toy Train

Builder Ivan Miranda claims he’s built the fastest model train of its size. The powerful electric train has no payload other than its motors, wiring, and battery pack, and can hit a scale speed of 485 km/h, or just over 301 mph if it were upscaled to the size of a real train. We wouldn’t want to be a tiny passenger on that thing when it derailed.

The Off-Road Miata

The Off-Road Miata

Car fanatic and off-road racer Emme Hall has in her possession a wonderfully bonkers vehicle: a modified Mazda Miata which has been lifted and kitted out for rally racing. His name is Buddy, a tribute to the Netflix series Buddy Thunderstruck. Overland Bound spent some time with Emme to check out her sweet little ride.

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Jeepster Beach Concept

Jeepster Beach Concept

Among the Jeeps headed to the 2021 Easter Jeep Safari is this sweet restomodded 1968 Jeepster Commando. The beautiful orange beachcomber has an open-top, a chrome roll bar, and low-back bucket seats. The 4×4 is powered by a 2.0L turbo-4 that makes 340 hp and 369 lb-ft. of torque, and rides on chunky 35″ tires.

The Lada Catapult

The Lada Catapult

The guys at Russia’s Garage 54 have done some pretty insane things by hacking apart cheap cars. In this experiment, they wanted to see if they could harness the torque generated by the axle of a Lada and fling objects with a lever attached to its rear wheel. We bet it would be more fun to launch the car.

Driven: 2021 Genesis GV80

Driven: 2021 Genesis GV80

Luxury automaker Genesis continues to knock it out of the park with their first-ever SUV. The GV80 offers a smooth ride, premium materials, the latest technology, and incredible versatility, all wrapped up in a grand and sophisticated package. We spent a week driving the V6 AWD model and enjoyed every minute of it.

RydeSafe Iron-on Reflectives

RydeSafe Iron-on Reflectives

RydeSafe’s iron-on dots are designed to improve visibility and safety when riding your bike at night. they’re made using microscopic glass beads that concentrate and reflect light, and come in a variety of shapes, so you can make whatever pattern you’d like on your clothing. also makes reflective stick-ons for your bike.

Win a 2020 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Denali Pickup Truck

The 2020 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Denali is one badass pickup, and this tricked-out heavy-duty truck could be yours. With a Duramax diesel making 445 hp and 910 lb-ft. of torque, it’s ready to haul anything and does it in style. One lucky entrant will win this truck while helping to support charities. Plus, Awesomer readers get double entries.

Kia EV6 Revealed

Kia EV6 Revealed

Automaker Kia is showing off the design for its first all-electric vehicle, and a bold new look for the brand. Riding on the company’s modular EV platform, the EV6 has a sleek and aerodynamic shape, complemented by a modern and capacious interior. Kia will reveal its specs and more details later in March 2021.

Cigarette Lighter Mustang

Cigarette Lighter Mustang

Taat Handycraft took a dirty cigarette lighter, cleaned it up, disassembled it, and transformed its translucent red shell into the body of a miniature Ford Mustang. We’re impressed with the creativity and the amount of cutting and shaping it took to create the model car. He’s also made a pickup truck and some Mini Coopers.

2023 Canoo Pickup

2023 Canoo Pickup

EV startup Canoo is showing off the design for its compact electric pickup. The futuristic truck has modular bed dividers, a split tailgate, pull-out steps and bed extender, a hidden work table, and a front storage area with 110-volt and USB outlets. It will come in RWD or AWD with 300hp or 600hp, and a range of about 200 miles.

Jaguar Classic E-Type 60 Collection

Jaguar Classic E-Type 60 Collection

To celebrate 60 years of the sports car Enzo Ferrari called “the most beautiful car in the world,” Jaguar Classic is creating a limited series of restored E-Types. The 9600 HP is a fixed-head coupe in Flat Out Grey, while the 77 RW roadster comes in Drop Everything Green. Just six of each car will be made, all with a 265hp, 3.8L six-cylinder XK engine.

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

2022 Jeep Grand Wagoneer

The production Grand Wagoneer is impressively close to the concept. The big 3-row SUV is the pinnacle of luxury for the Jeep brand. Powered by a 6.4L V8 making 471 hp, it features Nappa or Palermo leather seating, real wood and aluminum trim, air suspension, a 19- or 23-speaker McIntosh audio system, and tech for days.

Leaf Blower Hovercraft

Leaf Blower Hovercraft

The guys from Fowler’s Makery and Mischief dropped by the Home Depot and spent over $1200 on cordless leaf blowers, lumber, and hardware to build a fun and totally ridiculous craft. The finished hovercraft uses six leaf blowers to hover, and another four for thrust and steering. See it in action at the 38-minute mark.

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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 are being 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.

2022 Hyundai Kona N Teased

2022 Hyundai Kona N Teased

Based on the 2022 Hyundai Kona compact crossover, the Kona N drops the hammer on performance, adding aggressive new styling, aero and airflow upgrades, performance dual exhaust, and a rumored 2.0-liter turbocharged engine that makes 275 hp. Catch a glimpse of the Kona N in action on Hyundai’s Twitter feed.

Hennessey McLaren 765LT HPE1000

Hennessey McLaren 765LT HPE1000

If you’re fortunate enough to own a McLaren 765LT, you should be happy that it produces 765 hp at the rear wheels already. But if that’s not enough, Hennessey will be happy to boost its engine’s output to 1000 hp, resulting in a 0-to-60 time of 2.1 sec. In addition to the tune, the upgrade includes a high-flow exhaust system.

Lazareth Mini Moke V8M

Lazareth Mini Moke V8M

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.

Driven: 2021 Mazda3 Turbo 2.5 Hatchback

Driven: 2021 Mazda3 Turbo 2.5 Hatchback

The Mazda3 hatchback is one good-looking car, with its shooting brake profile and the sleek, sculptural design Mazda is known for. But beauty is way more than skin deep, especially now that you can equip the car with a 2.5L turbo engine and an all-wheel drivetrain. We spent a wintry week with one and are here to share our enthusiasm.

The Wire Mustang

The Wire Mustang

Artist Conty Fonane spent more than seven months building this amazing life-size replica of a 1967 Ford Mustang GT500. The sculpture is made of stainless steel wire and aluminum tube and rides on rubber tires. It has a complete interior with seats and a working steering wheel, and the doors and hood open.

Driving a 235-Foot Trailer

Driving a 235-Foot Trailer

The typical 18-wheeler is about 70 to 80 feet long. So imagine what it must be like to drive a truck that’s roughly three times as long. This clip from Big Rig Videos shows how Buchanan Hauling & Rigging maneuvers a massive toll gantry along the highways and byways of Florida. Naturally, it’s the corners that are the trickiest part.

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How a Tank Works

How a Tank Works

Jared Owen always does a great job explaining how things work by creating 3D animations of their inner workings. This time, he walks us through the caterpillar-tracked M1A2 Abrams tank, which weighs in at an incredible 68 tons, and can cross just about any terrain. We had no idea these things were powered by jet fuel.

Win This Rare 2019 Subaru STI S209

In 2019, Subaru Tecnica Int’l. built just 209 of the STI S209, a rocket of a car powered by a 341hp Boxer engine, a 6-speed manual gearbox, and all-wheel drive. Enter to win this one in Crystal White Pearl with Satin Gold wheels, and support veterans and children’s charities. Awesomer readers get 50% bonus entries. Ends 2.23.2021.

2022 Land Rover Defender V8

2022 Land Rover Defender V8

Land Rover amps up its new Defender with supercharged V8 versions of the Defender 110 and Defender 90, cranking out 518hp, with 22″ alloys and quad exhaust. Inside, you’ll find Miko Suedecloth and Robustec accents. The V8 Carpathian Edition has metallic grey paint, a black roof, hood, and tailgate, and a satin-matte protective film.

Soapbox Derby Fails

Soapbox Derby Fails

The Red Bull Soapbox Race is known for its madcap mix of creative, over-engineered, and downright oddball gravity-powered cars. In this video, the catalog seven of the worst designed vehicles, which were destined to fail spectacularly on race day. Who in their right mind thought rear-wheel steering was a good idea?

Side-by-Side Swing

Side-by-Side Swing

WhistlinDiesel is known for doing really stupid things with cars and trucks. This time, the guys built a 13-foot-tall steel A-frame, then hung a side-by-side ATV by its rear wheel hubs and tried to use it as a swing… we emphasize TRIED. At least they got to do this before they wrecked the RZR.

2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance

2022 Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance

The V8-powered Lexus IS F went off the market in 2014. The Lexus IS 500 F Sport Performance brings the V8 back, making 472 hp and 395 lb-ft. of torque. It builds on the crisp Lexus IS sedan, adding quad exhaust, 19″ Enkei sport wheels, adaptive suspension, a Torsen limited-slip diff, upgraded brake cooling, and more.

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