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Lifting a Lada

Lifting a Lada

We didn’t have the patience to wait for the English translation of this Garage 54 video, because it’s too ridiculous to pass up. Stick around and you’ll see them replace the chassis of their see-through Lada with a wonky homemade platform and tall springs that lift the car’s body about 3 feet off the ground. Body roll, anyone?

The Weeknd: Save Your Tears

The Weeknd: Save Your Tears

During the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, The Weeknd performed in a live music video that must have taken weeks to plan. The sequence features the singer amid a fleet of vintage cars, as stunt drivers performed precisely choreographed maneuvers – both with the singer inside and outside the vehicles.

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Russian Gymkhana

Russian Gymkhana

This low-budget Russian take on Gymkhana may not be as slick as those Ken Block videos, but it’s just as entertaining. It starts out a little slow, as our protagonist heads into the woods in his jalopy, foraging for mushrooms, but once the drugs kick in, things get good. Impatient? Skip ahead.

Ford Festiva Lawnmower

Ford Festiva Lawnmower

The Ford Festiva was a popular subcompact car sold from 1986 to 2002. You don’t see many on the road anymore. We like what Ginger Billy did with this old Festiva – converting it into a tiny pickup truck, then outfitting it with a powerful lawnmower. Now, Billy can cover more ground in less time and stay in the shade while he’s at it.

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.

Wild One MAX Supersize R/C Car

Wild One MAX Supersize R/C Car

A real buggy inspired by the 1980s Tamiya Wild One R/C car. The Wild One Max is an 8/10th-scale one-seater with an off-road suspension and an electric motor. It rides on 15″ tires, has Brembo disc brakes, a roll cage, and digital gauges. Its rear-wheel-drive system has 5.5 bhp and a top speed of 30 mph, but upgrades will be available.

F9: Total Car-Nage

F9: Total Car-Nage

In anticipation of its upcoming release, the producers of F9 (aka Fast & Furious 9) released this short, but jam-packed reel featuring behind-the-scenes footage of some of the movie’s most epic and explosive automotive stunts. F9 hits theaters 6.25.2021.

Widebody Lada Conversion

Widebody Lada Conversion

The guys from Russian car hacking channel Garage 54 have outdone themselves with this crazy build. After cutting the driver’s side off one Lada and the passenger side off another, they tinkered with the mechanicals and welded them together. The result is a ridiculous extra-wide Lada that needs two drivers to steer. Part 2 here.

Period Correct Automotive Service Books

Period Correct Automotive Service Books

Car enthusiasts are meticulous about maintaining their vehicles. Period Correct’s limited-edition journals are just the place to keep track of all the work you’ve done. Each notebook has pages for jotting down vehicle and drivetrain information, as well as boxes for documenting maintenance actions. Available in blue, red, or black.

LEGO Slope-climbing Experiments

LEGO Slope-climbing Experiments

After impressing us with a LEGO car that can climb over a stack of books, the Brick Experiment Channel is back with a simpler vehicle design challenge. The plan? Dial in the right mix of traction, gearing, wheelbase, and weight balance to climb the steepest sheet of glass possible. And then, start cheating.

Wooden Car with Working Odometer

Wooden Car with Working Odometer

Generic Woodworking has built some pretty amazing mechanical wooden models, including a drill-powered wooden car, complete with a working engine, transmission, and steering. He recently upgraded the car with a functional odometer, which can track the distance that its wheels have traveled. See it in action at 10:55.

The Evolution of Movie Car Chases

The Evolution of Movie Car Chases

Car chases have been a staple of moviemaking since the days of silent film. Insider looks at how chase scenes have evolved over the years through the advancements in stunt coordination, safety equipment, cameras, rigging, and visual effects technologies.

Heritage Racing Speedometer Clocks

Heritage Racing Speedometer Clocks

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 frame. There are dozens of designs to choose from, including the BMW E46 M3, Porsche 911 Turbo, Nissan GT-R, and more.

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Happy Camper Pencil Sharpener + Eraser

Happy Camper Pencil Sharpener + Eraser

We don’t use many pencils these days, but when we do, we like to need to keep them nice and sharp. Fred’s Happy Camper set takes your pencil on a road trip with its vintage camper sharpener, and a 1950s-style car eraser to tow it with.

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.

3D Drawing a Life-size Smart Car

3D Drawing a Life-size Smart Car

We’ve seen some pretty neat stuff created with those 3D drawing pens, but never anything on the scale of what The Q made. After building a skinny metal frame for structure, he painstakingly created the body panels, windows, and wheels for a life-size model of a Smart ForTwo city car. Here are parts one and two.

Transforming LEGO Technic Car

Transforming LEGO Technic Car

Motorized LEGO cars usually drive in a straight line, or maybe can turn left and right. But Konstrakt Abstrakt designed this unusual Technic vehicle that can reconfigure its four motors and wheels to maneuver into tight parking spaces. You can find the full parts list on Rebrickable.

The Lady and the Dale (Trailer)

The Lady and the Dale (Trailer)

In the 1970s, Liz Carmichael tried to go up against the big-three automakers with her own car company. The three-wheeled, two-seater Dale was marketed as something revolutionary, but as HBO’s documentary explores, Liz was a master of smoke and mirrors, and eventually went down in a blaze of controversy. Drops 1.31.21.

Carving a Shelby GT500

Carving a Shelby GT500

Woodworking Art is back to show off another amazing handcrafted vehicle. This time he carved a 1:10-scale model of the classic 1967 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, complete with a working hood, trunk, doors, wheels, and steering. He’s started selling some of his works over on Etsy, but they’re quite expensive.

Galactic Black Car

Galactic Black Car

We recently took a tour of a room painted in the world’s blackest paint. DipYourCar applied the same Musou Black paint to a car. The paint absorbs 99.4% of visible light, resulting in a strikingly dark background for a shimmering starfield effect they created with by spraying it with thinner and their HyperShift pearl coat.

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Gullwing

Gullwing

Inspired by the design of the amazing Mercedes-Benz 300SL Gullwing, artist João Elias created this wonderful CGI animation of the classic German sports car. Blending fantasy with photorealism, the clip starts with the car assembling itself, then tearing across the Bonneville salt flats, leaving a trail of dust in its wake.

Time for Machine Iconic Series

Time for Machine Iconic Series

Wood model makers Time for Machine have a new series of kits that let you assemble objects that move. Each plywood model features a splash of color in its wheels or spring-wound mechanism. Designs include a supercar, vintage car, hot rod, minibus, locomotive, and a lockbox.

Hot Hatches of the 1970s

Hot Hatches of the 1970s

When gearheads think of hot hatches, the Volkswagen Golf GTI often comes to mind as the genre’s first entry. Goodwood Road & Racing looks back at the early days’ hot hatches to show off some even earlier models, along with other small and agile cars which kicked off the trend in Europe.

Win a Restored 1966 Chevy Impala

In 1966, Chevrolet produced just 1856 of its Impala Sport Coupe, rocking a 427ci Turbo-Jet V8. This Regal Red Impala has a 4-speed manual, cranks out 425 horsepower, and looks as good as the day it left the factory. One lucky entrant will win this awesome car while helping to support charities. Plus, Awesomer readers get double entries.

Cardboard Ferrari

Cardboard Ferrari

So you want a Ferrari, but you only have $100 to spend. Financial limitations didn’t stop these young men from Vietnam from getting what they wanted. Using cardboard, fiberglass, a metal frame, and a whole lot of effort, they built a rough approximation of an Ferrari FXX-K… and it actually can drive. They also made a Lamborghini.

Infinity LED Tail Lights

Infinity LED Tail Lights

We’re not sure if they’re street legal, but we think every car should have taillights like the ones on this 1991 Nissan Skyline GTS-4. Steve Molans of Skeptik Innovations built these custom lights which use RGB LEDs and mirrors to create an infinite effect and can change colors. They still work as normal brake lights and turn indicators.

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