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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Hennessey Performance Engineering amped up the GMC Sierra Denali pickup truck, adding a 2.9L supercharger to its 6.2L V8, taking it from a stock 420hp up to a bonkers 700hp. Combined with a stage-1 off-road package, it gets a 6-inch lift, 20″ wheels, 35″ off-road tires, and a menacing GOLIATH front bumper with LED lighting.
Over the years, we’ve seen a couple of drones that could carry a person, but none of them were designed for speed. FliteTest visited with the guys at the Drone Champions League (DCL), who built a single-person flyer with a Formula One cockpit for maximum speed. For now, they’re only flying it with a dummy, but it is awesome.
We spent some quality time behind the wheel of the new mid-engine 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, and we are extremely impressed with its supercar levels of power, balance, and razor-sharp cornering. Here’s some footage from our autocross run at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. Full review to come.
An impressive looking follow-up to the off-roading simulation game MudRunner. In SnowRunner, you’ll hit the most extreme terrain in varying weather conditions, through massive, open environments. You can drive solo, or play with up to four vehicles in co-op multiplayer. The game hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC on 4/28/2020.
Once a car is no longer drivable, it heads to the junk yard. But before it ends up on the scrap heap, machines like the Powerhand VRS are used to rip apart the car to separate materials, maximizing recyclability of components. It looks like a great way to work out aggression too.
Land Rover shows off some capabilities of its new 2020 Defender with stunt footage from the James Bond flick No Time to Die. Like the Defender of yore off-roader tears through mud, rocks, and streams, gets some air, and even a crazy rollover. The vehicles received no body reinforcements other than roll cages for safety.
Many of us loved to play with our toy fire twucks when we were little kids, but the real fire-fighting machines are much more impressive. Donut Media dropped by the Oxnard Fire Department to learn all about the many features and gear on board their shiny new 2020 Pierce Arrow XT fire truck.
Ferrari’s mid-front-engined coupe has some seriously sexy lines, with a nod to classic Ferraris of the 1950s and 1960s. It packs a 3.8-liter turbo V8 that makes 611 hp and 560 lb-ft. of torque, and can zoom from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.4 seconds as it heads to a 199+ mph top speed. Its rear profile is especially lovely.
UK automaker Aston Martin takes their stunning and powerful Vantage Coupe and drops its top in just 6.7 sec. The distinctive two-seater is powered by a 503hp twin-turbo V8, which can launch it to 60mph in 3.7 sec, towards a top speed of 190mph. That’s with the roof raised, though at those speeds you’ll appreciate having the top up.
Maker Ivan Miranda recently completed his largest build to date, a working R/C model of a tank made using lots of 3D printed parts. Its motors and tracks are powerful enough to negotiate rough terrain, and it’s even got room for a driver inside. Check out the full series of build videos here.
Tesla finally has some serious competition for the Model S Performance. In this episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, the star takes Porsche’s incredibly impressive electric sports car for a ride, chats with Porsche product expert Calvin Kim, and gets a small taste of what the 750 horsepower electric drivetrain in the Taycan Turbo S can do.
Riding a bike can be fun and great for your fitness. It can also be hard on your muscles and joints. The Kinect aims to reduce impact by adding a flexible suspension to your handlebars. It’s designed to isolate your wrists and upper body from shocks and vibrations, and comes in versions for different kinds of bikes and riding styles.
This limited-edition version of Jeep’s 4×4 truck has been upgraded for high-speed off-roading. It has a desert-tuned suspension with FOX hydraulic jounce bumpers and 2.5″ internal bypass shocks, along with a 1″ front lift, a reinforced frame, a front skid plate, and rides on 33″ Falken Wildpeak all-terrain tires.
Ford’s fast and sexy supercar gets faster and sexier for 2020, as its EcoBoost V6 gets bumped to 660hp, comes with standard Akrapovič titanium exhaust, and various cooling upgrades. Especially enchanting is the rare Liquid Carbon edition, which shows off the car’s unpainted carbon body underneath a protective clearcoat.
Motocross freeriders Robbie Maddison and Tyler Bereman avoid Los Angeles traffic by hopping onto their dirt bikes, and heading off of the freeway, popping wheelies through the city, and pulling impressive stunts through its iconic viaducts. The apex being an epic 46-foot jump into the L.A. River from the 1st Street Bridge.
Racer and stunt driver Ken Block shared this in-car footage from his first-ever time racing in the Dakar Rally. His vehicle? The prototype Extreme E Odyssey 21, a badass all-electric rally car that makes 550 hp and 679 lb-ft. of torque. It might be quiet, but it’s deceptively quick.
Jeep managed to assemble Bill Murray, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray, and a look-alike for Punxsutawney Phil in this hilarious Super Bowl spot for the Jeep Gladiator. This time, the human Phil is inspired to change things up right away as he heads off-road with his groundhog pal in his rugged new truck.
Fans of the classic Volkswagen Beetle will want to grab Troika’s officially-licensed mini version. The shiny chrome-plated cast metal object perfectly captures the iconic bubble style of a 1964 bug, and its headlights double as an LED flashlight. Measures 0.71″ x 2.17″ x 0.59″.
In a quest for straight-line supremacy, MotorTrend gathered a dozen of the fastest sports cars money can buy. With cars like the McLaren Senna, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Jaguar XE SV Project 8, and Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, it’s gonna be a tough competition down the runway – first in a 1/4-mile, then in a 1/2-mile drag race.
Restoration junkie MrRescue got his hands on a toy Porsche 356 model that looks like it was stomped and kicked into a pile of dirt. From the looks of the undercarriage, it doesn’t look all that ancient, but we’re still impressed with the finished car after he brought it back to its former glory with that glossy peanut M&M paint job.
This rugged amphibious vehicle uses four hydraulic wheel motors to move its tracks just like a military tank. It can crawl over just about any terrain, through swamps and mud, and is is equipped with heavy duty componentry for longevity. It can also be equipped with a cockpit shell and even an air-conditioned interior.
Our hands behind the wheel of GMC’s confident and luxurious SUVs and trucks, we headed into the snowy mountains of Vail, Colorado. There, we explored some of the natural beauty, hit some awesome snowmobile trails, enjoyed a luxury ski resort, and dined on delicious local cuisine.
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