BeamNG.drive is known for its ability to simulate vehicle dynamics and crashes with impressive accuracy. In addition to weather conditions, it can also replicate gravitational forces. In this clip from The Action Lab, he shows off what might happen if you tried to drive a pickup truck on the Moon, Jupiter, and even the Sun.
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The basement beneath L.A.’s Petersen Automotive Museum holds one of the world’s greatest private collections: a treasure trove of 250+ iconic and rare cars, trucks, and motorcycles that few visitors ever see. For the first time, you can sign up for free (donations welcome) 60-minute live-stream tours of their exclusive vault.
If you find yourself in Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport, you might come across this unique timepiece. The video wall displays the current time using top-down footage of cars being driven into positions that form digits. The video was directed by Roni Azgad for the car rental company Shlomo SIXT. We’d love to see a 24 hour time-lapse.
Etsy store Heritage Racing makes desk clocks that look like the speedometer or tachometer of classic cars. The clock face is a high quality glossy print, set into a glass and wood fram. There are dozens of designs to choose from, including the BMW E46 M3, Porsche 911 Turbo, Nissan GT-R, and more.
The Fiat 500 first debuted in 1957, and became an iconic vehicle in Europe and around the globe. LEGO’s 960-piece expert kit is based on the 1965 500F model, and includes a rear engine, a spare tire under the hood, a folding roof, and luggage to mount on its tailgate. LEGO also built a life-size version out of nearly 190,000 bricks.
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.
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.
This Japanese kei car has supercar looks, but the Autozam AZ-1 wasn’t exactly a powerhouse. Donut Media takes some time up close and personal with this awesome little lightweight that Mazda made from 1992-1995. Like a real exotic, it’s got a mid-rear-mounted, turbocharged engine, gullwing doors, and zero cargo space.
Dimitar Tilev shows off a truly awesome R/C car build. This scale replica of a vintage Oldsmobile Dynamic 88 wagon packs an Arduino-controlled active suspension which can raise and lower, along with a rear-wheel drivetrain that makes it especially adept at drifting. We love the engine noises and light-up tailpipes.
The guys are Russian auto-hacking channel Garage 54 have made some pretty insane stuff. After putting together their own version of the Tesla Cybertruck, they managed to convert a janky old Fiat Uno 70-S into a crazy mutant with six wheels spinning in back. Ironically, it’s still just front-wheel drive.
Join The Awesomer editors Gigi Leonard and Paul Strauss for a casual ride-along, as they offer up their off-the-cuff remarks on cars, SUVs, trucks, and other new vehicles. We hope you enjoy our lighthearted take on car reviews, and subscribe to The Awesomer’s YouTube channel for more.
A duo of Porsches takes to one of world’s best roads – Gotthard Pass in Switzerland, and DJI was on hand to capture the action with their Mavic 2 Pro drone, FPV system, and Osmo Action camera. Whether you’re into cars, cinematography, technology, or travel, there’s a little something for everyone in this brief clip. BTS here.
Remote teleoperation company Voysys shows off a how a first-person video projected onto a curved surface can immerse a viewer. Here, their tech is used to remotely control a toy car and place a driver behind its tiny steering wheel. We’d love to use it to replicate the tricycle scene from The Shining.
A 1/4-mile time of 15.495 seconds isn’t exactly earth-shaking. But this is no ordinary car – it’s a small building. Watch as Kevin Nicks‘ converted 1999 VW Passat with an Audi RS4 drivetrain manages to beat a Vauxhall Astra H in a drag race. Apparently the shed has done the same in as little as 14.6 seconds, and tops out at 112.68 mph.
To present a gift to his 83-year-old father, a man decided to pull his dad’s 1969 Mercedes 280 SL out of their garage after it sat dormant for 37 years. Auto restoration experts AMMO NYC shared this highly-satisfying video of the car being cleaned from top to bottom. We’d love to see it after the mechanical repairs are done.
ChrisFix shares a number of practical tips on buying a used car, including what to ask from the owner, how to check the car’s value and how to run a VIN check for free. He also made a checklist for the test drive. You should research and ask around online as well.
For the latest season of Jerry Seinfeld’s automotive interview show Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, he’s joined by Eddie Murphy, Seth Rogen, Melissa Villaseñor, Ricky Gervais, Jamie Foxx, Martin Short, Matthew Broderick, and more big stars and amazing cars. Drops 7/19/19 on Netflix.
Experimental filmmaker and motion graphic artist Dirk Koy provides a unique perspective of a traffic circle. By rotating top-down, time-lapse footage of vehicles as they pass in and out of the lanes, it almost looks like they’re being magnetically pulled towards the center of the circle, then released back into the world.
One of the things we miss from sports cars are pop-up headlights. Rockstar Rides also has a place in his heart for these neat sources of light and style, and set out to find as many of these cars as he could. The result is a wonderful montage of rides with serious personality.
What’s more exciting than a road trip to the U.S. Open in Pebble Beach? A road trip with Lexus packed with awesome cars, sights, and golf courses along the way. We knew that we would have a great time on this weeklong odyssey cruising the California coast line, but nothing could prepare us for the glorious world of Lexus hospitality.
Startup Lightyear is showing off a pure electric sedan that can gain up to 7.5 miles per hour of added range while in sunlight. It still plugs in for its base charge, but the solar panels covering its hood, roof, and trunk are designed to increase its range. It’s ideal for stop, start, and slow traffic for minimizing trips to the outlet.
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