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Nitro Warriors Interceptor

Nitro Warriors Interceptor

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the short film, Nitro WarriorsSpaceCamperBike, Paul Greer’s Vanguard Pictures is back with another action-packed stop-motion car chase. This time, a truck carrying valuable cargo is pursued by a dragon car and a crew of malicious motorists. After the cops show up, a T-Rex gets in on the action.

Extreme Suspension Simulation

Extreme Suspension Simulation

We’ve witnessed first-hand how car companies test the suspension setups on new vehicles. They also use computer simulations with realistic physics models. This video from ExtenPro shows how various vehicle suspensions might handle on a punishing course they set up in the vehicle simulation game BeamNG drive.

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World’s Greatest Batmobile Replica

World’s Greatest Batmobile Replica

An Ohio man built this incredible replica of Bruce Wayne’s original 1966 Batmobile. The car is accurate down to the buttons and switches inside the cockpit, which trigger various crimefighting gadgets. And when there’s nobody behind it, its “engine” can even shoot flames. Be sure to watch him take on The Joker in his Clown Vic.

Making an R/C Ferrari GTO from Scratch

Making an R/C Ferrari GTO from Scratch

Most people who make remote-controlled cars start with an off-the-shelf chassis, then attach a plastic body shell. But Liu Mutou is an overachiever. With the exception of the tires and motor, he built virtually every part of this R/C Ferrari 250 GTO replica from scratch, including a welded metal frame and bent metal body.

Cardboard Dragon Ball Z Hovercar

Cardboard Dragon Ball Z Hovercar

DBZ fans might be familiar with the Hovercar, first driven by Ox-King, then by many others. DanCreator thought he should have his own hovercar, so he built one from wood, cardboard, pool floats, and leaf blowers. It glides over smooth surfaces with ease, though we wouldn’t suggest taking it in a swimming pool.

Exploded Car Sculpture

Exploded Car Sculpture

Modern cars are made from thousands of parts, precisely engineered to fit together and carry us safely down the road. Commissioned by Nissan China in 2012, Dutch artist Paul Veroude took a car’s 3,421 individual parts and suspended them from the ceiling relative to the locations where they are normally assembled.

LEGO Batmobile Animation

LEGO Batmobile Animation

Animator, LEGO and Batman fan Idan Kotzen created this fantastic animated short celebrating some of the various Batmobiles over the years. The stop-motion and clever use of lighting give the cars a great sense of movement, as LEGO Batman gives chase to the evildoers of Gotham.

Petrol Vibes Metal Art

Petrol Vibes Metal Art
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Petrol Vibes makes metal wall art based on the silhouettes of sports cars and motorcycles. In addition to classics like the Ferrari 250 GTO and C2 Corvette, they can fabricate custom designs. Each is made from laser-cut 2mm steel and comes in sizes from 31″ to 55″ wide. Get 10% off with coupon code THEAWESOMER.

World’s Longest Hot Wheels Track

World’s Longest Hot Wheels Track

To celebrate the launch of CrunchLabs, engineer Mark Rober endeavored to set up the world’s longest Hot Wheels track. At over a half-mile long, the track takes advantage of the warehouse space and has stacked switchbacks with Hot Wheels Boosters to keep the cars moving. We’d love to see the FPV footage of the full ride.

The Right Way to Use a Backup Camera

The Right Way to Use a Backup Camera

Backup cameras have been a great addition to modern cars, improving rear visibility and reducing fender benders. But they don’t all do a good job telling you how far you are from objects. This guy came up with a clever hack to ensure he always parks just the right distance from the wall in his garage.

First-Person View Racing Slot Cars with Tiny Cameras

First-Person View Racing Slot Cars with Tiny Cameras

If you’ve ever wondered what it might be like to shrink down and drive inside of a slot car, this video is for you. Project Air teamed up with DIY Perks to create a 200 foot-long slot car track, then rigged the cars with tiny cameras and wireless transmitter, and wore video goggles for a first-person view while driving.

Driven: 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn

Driven: 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI Autobahn

The 2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI has a sharp new look compared to earlier Mk7 Jettas, but it’s largely unchanged mechanically. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. The GLI Autobahn combines sporty styling inside and out with a zesty turbocharged engine, premium wheels, an adaptive suspension, and other upgrades.

JAWNY: Adios

JAWNY: Adios

Director Spencer Ford’s music video for the JAWNY track Adios is a masterpiece of drone photography. Its main subject is a muscle car being hooned about a neighborhood while its passenger sings the track in perfect time. Kudos to Jay Christensen and Grant Ridpath for the astounding aerial shots.

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How VFX Crews Destroy Cars for Movies and TV

How VFX Crews Destroy Cars for Movies and TV

If there’s one thing you can rely on action movies and TV shows for, it’s car crashes. While some filmmakers have moved on to using CGI for crash effects, practical vehicle stunt work is still the most convincing. Insider got together with J.E.M. FX to explain the tricks required to create controlled vehicular mayhem on screen.

How a Manual Transmission Works

How a Manual Transmission Works

Most cars sold these days have an automatic transmission. But it’s hard to beat a manual gearbox and its three-pedal setup when it comes to driver engagement. Jake O’Neill from Animagraphs created this 3D animation that shows us how the clutch, gears, and shifter work in concert to send power to the drivetrain.

How to Shoot a Miniature Car Action Photo

How to Shoot a Miniature Car Action Photo

If you’re looking for tips and techniques for shooting great photos, look no further than COOPH. Their YouTube channel is packed with great tutorials like this one which shows how to shoot a photo of a miniature Ford Mustang launched off a ramp. This shot required multiple exposures to layer in the sparks, smoke, and dust.

Junk Yard Bubble Car

Junk Yard Bubble Car

Backyard engineer Geng Ge loves to make things out of parts he finds in the trash. Using a mix of junk and new parts, he built himself a bubble-shaped electric car that can maneuver in tight places. It features a curvy, stainless steel shell, wheels that can turn in any direction, a backup camera, and a 32″ TV for navigation.

Plasticine Clay Cars and Crashes

Plasticine Clay Cars and Crashes

YouTube channel Handmade features models of cars that were individually hand-built out of Plasticine clay. The artist behind the camera uses a plastic model as his form, then painstakingly traces and cuts out each piece of its body to create impressively accurate miniatures. And then he crash-tests them.

Firefighter Lifts Seven Cars with a Battery-Powered Tool

Firefighter Lifts Seven Cars with a Battery-Powered Tool

Firefighters use rescue tools called spreaders to lift and separate vehicles involved in accidents. But can one of these battery-powered tools lift seven cars at the same time? Fire Department Chronicles used a Genesis Rescue Systems EForce spreader to see if it lives up to its rated 15,000 lb. spreading force.

Driving Cars with as Few Parts as Possible

Driving Cars with as Few Parts as Possible

Over the years, vehicles have gotten heavier and heavier as cars pack more technology, safety, and a quieter ride. Just how little of a car could you get away with and still drive it? William Osman and his pals decided to test that out, starting with two ordinary cars which they gradually stripped down to their bare essentials.

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SpongeBob’s Patty Wagon IRL

SpongeBob’s Patty Wagon IRL

As SpongeBob once said, “You don’t need a license to drive a sandwich.” But President Chay drove his custom-built Patty Wagon on public roads, so it was a good idea to have a licensed driver behind the wheel. The highly-modded golf cart has a sesame seed finish and steel-belted pickles, but no french fryer under the hood.

Voice-Controlled Vehicle

Voice-Controlled Vehicle

Driving a car typically requires a mix of motor skills to steer the wheel and push the pedals. Engineer James Bruton wanted to see if he could make a vehicle that was controlled by voice. The Deepgram speech recognition API and James’ electronic circuits are fairly responsive, but the lag is enough to make for a harrowing ride.

Hand-Loading a Ferry

Hand-Loading a Ferry

If there is a higher power controlling things on Earth, we like to imagine they reach down with their giant hands to move things around while we’re not looking. Filmmaker Erik Schmitt’s forced perspective illusion of a hand moving cars on a ferry is pretty much what we’ve envisioned. His TikTok channel has lots more visual tomfoolery.

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 were 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.

Cars with Headlight Wipers

Cars with Headlight Wipers

While some cars still offer the ability to wash the dirt off of headlights, today’s tech relies on powerful sprayers. Back in the day, car companies came up with all kinds of clever designs for tiny wipers to keep headlights clean. After you watch that, enjoy a satisfying montage of modern headlight washers.

Making a Centrifugal Car

Making a Centrifugal Car

Handy Geng wanted to know what it was like to feel weightless. But since he’s not planning on heading to space any time soon, he decided to build a machine that approximates that sensation on Earth. The vomit-inducing car has a cylindrical passenger compartment that can flip 360º. The faster it’s driven, the quicker it spins.

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