We’ve seen a standing desk on wheels, but its driver needed to keep pace with it. This desk can drive much faster because its passengers are seated and wear safety harnesses. Noel Miller’s high-speed desk lets him interview guests while hooning about. In this episode of Hot Laps, he sat down with Donut’s James Pumphrey to talk about his life and career.
After building a crazy LEGO car with 100 wheels, the Brick Experiment Channel doubled down on the vehicular madness. Their latest build has twice as many wheels, and a simplified design which allows it to drive more smoothly and make tighter turns than the original. Measuring 21 feet long, it could easily drive into itself like players in the Snake game.
ND Woodworking Art has created some amazing kid-scale vehicles for his son to ride in. This time, he spent 70 days building a mini tank with a steel frame, a wooden body, and motorized tracks. The design is based on a Swedish Army Stridsvagn 103. We’re not sure if carrying all those fuel cans on the exterior would be a good idea in a battle, though.
Other than bank statements and bills, we don’t find ourselves shredding too much paper these days. Artist Japhy Riddle took a paper shredder and turned it into a vehicle of sorts. Rather than applying power to its wheels, the shredder car moves as it pulls a roll of tractor-feed paper through its shredding teeth.
What’s the best design for a LEGO vehicle to conquer a difficult off-road obstacle course? LEGO Technic expert Dr. Engine created four very different vehicles and tested them on a tricky course with loose, uneven terrain and a steep slope to see which design was the most capable in challenging conditions.
Most battery electric vehicles require substantial energy, making solar charging pretty impractical. Drew Builds Stuff shows how, with a light and efficient design, it’s possible to create an EV that can recharge itself with the sun. His speedy little 4-wheeler can go about 100 km (62 miles) per charge and can nearly double that range on a sunny day.
Recently, engineer James Bruton put together a self-balancing vehicle using a hoverboard and omni-wheels. Now, he’s transformed that strange-looking machine into something that vaguely resembles a Star Wars speeder bike. It’s easier to steer now and can travel forward, but it’s not exactly something you’d fly between the trees on Endor.
While so-called hoverboards don’t hover how we want them to, they’re still fun to ride. James Bruton thought he could make something more interesting than an off-the-shelf balance board. So he got to work making a hoverboard with 3D-printed omni-wheels. His chunky machine is built for a seated rider, and he plans to upgrade it to make it more agile.
Illustrator Chet Phillips created this series of 11″x 14″ signed prints inspired by vintage Modern Mechanix magazine covers. Each of his imaginative Modern Machines and Inventions covers features a reimagined version of an iconic vehicle or spaceship from pop culture. We can’t decide if we like the Back to the Future or Firefly design the best.
Zooming down a drag strip inside of a plastic trash can seems like a terrible idea. Regardless, that’s what speed freak Chris Rollins did. In his quest to set a new world record, he built a motorized tricycle that fits inside the can and outfitted it with a 12 hp Honda clone engine. We can only imagine how terrifying it is to drive.
If you need to move a building or another large structure, you need specialized industrial equipment. Mammoet’s Self-Propelled Modular Transporters can be used individually or in combination to transport enormous and heavy structures. Recently, they combined 604 SPMT axle lines to move a 16,258-ton support frame.
Bicycles and rollerblades work in similar ways, maintaining balance on skinny inline wheels. With that in mind, Jake Carlini ripped the handlebars and other parts off of two bicycles, then installed a bar and snowboard bindings to hold his feet in place. After several major revisions, he came up with a design that sort of works.
The Creative Channel shows us how he built a rugged little tank-like vehicle that rolls around on wheels wrapped in car tire treads, letting it roll along with ease on rough terrain. Controlling the motorized tank uses a pair of joysticks for engaging its treads in forward or reverse, and another for applying throttle.
If you find yourself at the end of the world, buddy up with Gordo from Earth. He transformed a 2003 International Blue Bird school bus into a mobile workshop. It has solar and generator power, a massive roof rack, beds for four, and a rear deck with a crane for moving gear. Mobile Dwellings takes us on a tour of this awesome rig.
Cars aren’t the most efficient way to get around cities. They cause traffic jams, and are bad for the environment. Not Just Bikes takes a look at an alternative mode of transportation called a Bakfiet. These cargo bikes are popular in the Netherlands and offer a fun ride for kids. They come in 2- and 3-wheel varieties as well as eBikes.
LEGO enthusiast Brick Technology is back with another cool LEGO vehicle video. This time, they created a series of remote-controlled mechanisms that move inside clear plastic spheres, allowing them to roll around like BB-8 or a Sphero robot. They then put the designs to the test to see which was most agile, fast, and powerful.
After building a bicycle that balanced on an omni-wheel, engineer James Bruton wanted to see if he could apply the same mechanism to a drift cart. By mounting the omni-wheel at the back and motorized wheels at the front, the vehicle is able to powerslide with ease while still remaining controlled. Watch part two here.
Meanwhile in the Garage took an ordinary gas-powered scooter and transformed it into a three-wheeled vehicle that looks like something from the set of a sci-fi movie. He initially had built a cockpit that kept it as a two-wheeler, but later grafted on the front of an ATV for its final appearance.
Engineer James Bruton is fascinated with omni-directional wheels. For this video, he set out to make a vehicle that rolls on three split-hemisphere balls which can move in any direction. He’s since added a seat to it, resulting in what is basically the world’s most powerful office chair.
Thanks to MetaBallStudios, we know how big starships and robots are relative to one another. Now, we can see how earthbound vehicles stack up in this comparison video, which looks at the sizes of everything from Ant-Man’s microscopic van to the wheeled city of London in Mortal Engines. We had no idea that an AT-AT was bigger than Gundam.
The Brick Experiment Channel follows up its video of LEGO vehicles climbing over things with a series of more challenging obstacles. The new vehicle design includes a second adjustable joint, which allows it to climb objects and surfaces that look like they should be impossible to traverse.
Make It Extreme has built some pretty rad vehicles, but their Endobike prototype looks sketchier than most, seating its rider in a low position between its large front wheel and two smaller back wheels. It has no steering wheel, and instead steers by leaning. One commenter called it the “Faceplant Machine.”