The King of the Hammers is perhaps the most balls-out off-road event on the planet. Each year, drivers and spectators gather in the California desert for two weeks of high-horsepower, dirt-throwing, rock-climbing action. Monster Energy put together this fun 5-minute reel to look at what you can expect if you’ve never attended.
xkcd’s What If series ponders another viewer-submitted question. With no regard for rules, what would be the fastest way to get a human around a race track 200 times – without killing the driver. After coming up with some creative solutions, it turns out the limiting factor isn’t the vehicle, it’s the person inside of it.
When we were kids, we loved making little LEGO cars. Thanks to Travis Pastrana and the gang from Nitro Circus, we now have life-size LEGO race cars. As part of their Life Size Toys series, they assembled giant LEGO bricks atop go-karts and raced them around an indoor track until bricks started to fall off. At least they’re easy to snap back together.
Ahead of the 2023 Las Vegas Grand Prix, Oracle Red Bull Racing drivers Max Verstappen and Checo Perez challenged Scuderia Alpha Tauri teammates Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo to some desert racing in hovercrafts. While their fan-powered vehicles only make 26.5 horsepower, they look like the most fun you can have under 30 mph.
Two of Mexico’s very best — Patrón Tequila and Oracle Red Bull Racing F1 Driver Checo Pérez — teamed up for the 2023 edition of Patron’s Mexican Heritage Tin. Debuting at the inaugural Las Vegas Grand Prix, the 8th annual edition of the tin features symbols inspired by Checo’s life on and off the racetrack.
The Gran Turismo franchise hits the big screen with a true story about a gamer who got so good at the racing sim that he became a pro race car driver. Director Neill Blomkamp (District 9) brings his VFX prowess along with stars David Harbour, Orlando Bloom, Archie Madekwe, and Djimon Hounsou. In theaters 8.2023.
Driving a car without using the brakes seems like a terribly unsafe idea. But Ethan and Jack from Car Throttle wanted to see if driving around a closed track without braking would help them become better and smoother drivers. To discourage braking, they rigged up their BMW E36 with an ear-splitting high-decibel alarm.
After hearing about a now-defunct competition where players modded power tools into race vehicles, William Osman gathered up some of YouTube’s most popular makers and content creators to put on their own version of the dangerous drag races. Needless to say, don’t attempt to replicate any of this at home.
With 24 released installments, and at least nine canceled ones, the Need for Speed video game franchise has been around since 1994. Noodle takes a look back at the popular racing series’ origins and evolution of the game, from its roots as a Road and Track tie-in to slick CG action. The opening animation alone is worth the watch.
Formula 1 drivers are used to zooming around race tracks at speeds over 200mph – but that’s in forward gear. In this video from Red Bull Racing, F1 drivers Max Verstappen and Yuki Tsunoda challenged each other in a race where they had to stay in reverse the whole time while navigating obstacles.
Poke your head inside the cockpit of a modern Formula 1 race car, and you won’t see an ordinary steering wheel. Instead, you’ll see a detachable controller with a bunch of cryptic buttons and dials on it. WTF1 went inside the pits at a race for a rapid-fire explanation of what everything does on a Mercedes F1 car wheel.
We’ve always wanted a proper cockpit for playing racing sim games, but most of the ones you can buy aren’t exactly living-room friendly. Maker Chris Salamone built this elegant sit-down racing rig from wood, and it looks like an expensive piece of modern furniture that doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.
Corso Concepts’ single-passenger reverse trike is a track day beast. It has a steel roll cage and carbon composite shell, and a curb weight of just 1,000 pounds. Its rear wheel is driven by a Hayabusa motor that makes 175 hp and spins at 11,000 RPM. Not awesome enough for you? Let the in-car footage convince you.
LEGO Technic expert The Brick Wall shows off a neat machine that uses motors, gears, magnets, and a turntable to allow tiny RC LEGO cars to drive around its surface. After rigging it up to drive with one vehicle, they upgraded it to become a two-player racing game. And if that wasn’t enough, there’s now a four-player version.
This POV footage from the motorcycle racing game Ride 4 running on a PS5 is some of the most photorealistic game footage we’ve ever seen. The reflections, lighting, shadows are so spot on that we can’t believe this was rendered in real-time by a game console. Watch at 4K 60 FPS and HDR if your system can handle it.
Performance carmakers test their vehicles on the Nürburgring. But did you know that Germany’s challenging 13-mile track is a public toll road that anyone can drive on? The rules of the road apply, though there is no speed limit. Tom Scott took a ride along with a pro driver for a look at the famed circuit and how they handle track safety.
Microsoft is ready to delight racing game fans with the latest installment of the Forza Horizon series. Take a look at the game’s gorgeous environments and buttery-smooth frame rates, as racers including a Ford Bronco, a C8 Corvette, a classic Porsche 911, and a Mercedes-AMG ONE each make a dramatic entrance.
Pro racer Travis Pastrana smashed his own record at the Mt. Washington Hill Climb driving the same 862 hp Subaru WRX STI he used to shred tires in Gymkhana 2020. He absolutely nailed the butt-clenching twists, turns, and drop-offs, recording a time of 5 minutes 28.67 seconds – smoking his closest competitor by 45 seconds.
Hop on board for a fantastically fast and quiet ride around Laguna Seca in Unplugged Performance’s 2022 Tesla Model S Plaid aka “Dark Helmet”. With Randy Pobst behind the wheel, the car set an EV track record, with a 1:28.213 lap time. The tuned car has a stock drivetrain with upgraded aero, suspension, and tires.
Ever wonder just how much a car’s steering system has to deal with while drifting at high speeds? Team Ponydrift Racing Gear shared this under-car POV footage of their 815 hp Rasmus Nissan Silvia S14 powersliding around a race track and steering at insane angles. Here’s another drift car with a similar setup.
To celebrate the 2021 British Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen took on a series of British icons. The fun-filled video pits the Honda RB7 agaisnt a double-decker bus, a classic black cab, and even a Supermarine Spitfire airplane. Even with a healthy headstart, the other vehicles had their work cut out for them.
Enduro racer Mani Lettenbichler takes us behind the scenes of the Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble, also known as the hardest dirt bike race in the world. The race takes place in a steep, rocky, rutted, and unforgiving mine in Austria. Sadly, the 2021 event was canceled due to the pandemic, but the race will return in 2022.
Reducing weight is one most important things you can do when it comes to performance cars. Automotive enthusiast ChrisFix wanted to see just how much weight could be stripped out of his BMW E46 3-series in preparation for track usage. He also tested the impact of the weight loss on acceleration and braking.