Sometimes a Lamborghini just isn't enough car for your on-the-go lifestyle. Just ask pro skier Jon Olsson, who garaged his Huracan for a slightly modified Rolls Royce Wraith. Besides getting a couple extra seats, Jon went for a custom build by Absolut Motors that turned the comparatively staid coupe into 810 HP rallycross monster that boldly goes where no Rolls has gone before.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of auto racing's Triple Crown — along with the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500. Held annually since 1923 on the streets near Le Mans, France, the race is the oldest active endurance competition in the world. The speeds are high, with cars reaching over 230 MPH, but this gorgeous footage is slow — showing the precision required to thread some of the best corners on the track.
Restoring a car is a long and expensive process, potentially taking years and thousands — if not hundreds of thousands — of dollars, if it ever gets finished at all. BaremetalHW restores cars but at a much smaller scale — 1:64 scale. His series of Hot Wheels restorations and custom builds are fascinating to watch, very informative, and oddly relaxing.
No one makes off-road vehicles like NASA. The original Lunar Roving Vehicle took on the surface of the Moon and the Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity have been running across the Red Planet for seven years. But if you're sending people to Mars, they're going to need something to ride in — and this Mars Rover concept looks like something straight out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Speed doesn't kill — it's the sudden stop at the end that gets you. VICE went to Toronto to take a look at the underbelly of organized underground street racing in the city, talking to both sides — the police who try to stop it and the racers who do it.
If there was an award for posters sold, the Lamborghini Countach would be the winner. The unmistakable shape adorned a million walls, and here was hardly a kid in the 80s and 90s that didn't lust after the most unobtainable of automobiles. DRIVE looks back at one of the most iconic cars ever produced, and how one man achieved his childhood dream.
You could run all over town looking for the best men's accessories around for Dad this Father's Day, or you could just go with a subscription to SprezzaBox. They simplify the shopping experience by shipping you a new box each month with around six new items that help put the finishing touches on a great look and all at a price that won't break the bank. A personal stylist tests out and hand-picks the items like ties, wallets, sunglasses, socks, and watches every month and subscriptions start at just $28 for over $100 in retail value. Quality, professional items are hand selected by an in-house stylist each month and shipped right to your door.
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When you're out on a ride, the last thing you want to think about is your safety. So for piece of mind along with maximum ventilation, superior aerodynamics, and improved protection, the Overtake Bicycle Helmet from Smith is just what you need. Constructed using ventilated Koroyd technology that limits the risk of skull fractures and brain injury should an accident happen, the Overtake also features Integrated skeletal structure and carbon fiber reinforcements. It's also lightweight with an adjustable fit system and comes in a wide variety of color combinations.
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From 1989 to 1999, the 8-series sat at the top of BMW's lineup. A two-door grand tourer, the V8-powered 840 and the V12-engined 850 were an entirely new design aimed at customers looking for the best way to cover long trips at averages of over 100 MPH. While the 8-series is rare in any form, this 850CSi is even more so, with 1500 produced. This well-loved example is driven daily, with a family heritage that makes it more than your usual trailer queen.
Porsche recently celebrated a milestone as the one millionth 911 rolled off the assembly line on May 11, 2017. The iconic shape of the 911 is unmistakable, being able to trace its ancestry from today's platform to the original 1963 model. Watch the 911 evolve over its seven generations without forgetting what made it great.
Rally driver Ryan Symancek is back in the States for the Clubloose Drift Party. As drifting has gained popularity, Clubloose has begun building drift cars along with the rally rockets they're known for. Ryan got his first taste of drifting at the Drift Party, piloting "Old 87" — an abused Nissan 240SX drift missile.
You could drop $50 million on an ultra-rare Ferrari with a successful racing pedigree — but no Ferrari has been to the Moon. Or ran with dinosaurs. Or can driven with sharks under the sea. This 1996 Suzuki Vitara has done all those things, and there's authenticated footage to prove it. Eugene Romanovsky wants you to #BUYMYVITARA, and you'd be a fool not to.
On the coast of South Wales in the United Kingdom, the small village of St Athan is home to 4,500 people — and the St Athan Royal Air Force Base. Now St Athan is getting some new neighbors. Legendary automobile manufacturer Aston Martin has taken over three supermassive hangars at the airbase, with plans to move production to the new site. To celebrate taking over the future factory space, Aston Martin brought 28 very special guests to the empty hangars for a grand tour — 28 cars that mark Aston Martin's history in automotive excellence over the last 104 years.
The Jeep was made for one specific purpose — being the vehicular backbone of the US Armed Forces. While other cars of the pre-WWII era were flaunting their curved fenders and chrome trim, the Jeep threw aesthetics out the window for a purely functional form. Designed not for speed or style or comfort, the Jeep excelled at what it was made to do: Scramble surefootedly over rough terrain and be light and compact enough to fit in anything and go anywhere. It did its job so well, that the name and basic design of the vehicle is still in production, long after the military retired it from active service.
Formula One has been a harbinger of things to come in the automotive world. Many of the features we find on cars today were first honed on the race track before filtering down to the street. But even when they're driving the future today, F1 teams are still looking ahead at innovations to come. French manufacturer Renault released their concept of what the sport might look like 10 years from now with the RS 2027 Vision concept car. LED position and lap displays, a fully-enclosed cockpit, and clear body panels that allow spectators to see the mechanicals underneath the bodywork are just a few of the ideas Renault sees finding their way into the F1 car of the future.
The names Ferrari and Lamborghini call to mind one thing: Sleek, snarling sports cars capable of speed and handling no other automobiles can match. Shrouding in mystique and legend, the raging bull and prancing stallion have produced some of the most desirable moving works of art the work has ever seen. But a closer look at the history of Lamborghini reveals a foundation in something as opposite to high-performance autos as can be imagined — tractors. Great Big Story looks at how Enzo Ferrari's slight at Ferruccio Lamborghini created one of the most intense rivalries in the automobile industry.
If you wear contact lenses, you know they're essential — and likely know the feeling of panic when you realize you're on your last pair and haven't reordered. With a subscription service and direct business model, Hubble delivers high-quality disposable lenses right to your door every month, so you don't have to remember when it's time to re-up. The lenses are made from a high-grade hydrogel material for all-day comfort, by an FDA-approved factory that's been making contacts for over two decades. The first box is free, the monthly charge is roughly half what you'd pay for competing dailies, and if you need a prescription, Hubble will even set you up with an optometrist for an eye exam before you place an order.
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Bridging the gap between the stuff on store shelves and a trip to a custom tailor, INDOCHINO offers high-quality made to measure suits with amazing fit and feel. They take 14 measurements to create suits and shirts that fit and feel better than anything off the rack. And the fit isn't the only thing that will make you stand out, as INDOCHINO offers a great selection of fabrics and complimentary customization options — from lapels to linings and more — to personalize your look. The result is an investment-quality wardrobe that's far more attainable than traditional custom-tailored options and is much more affordable than just about any custom-fit suit on the market.
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Dennis McCarthy knows more about the cars of the Fast & Furious franchise than anyone else — he's the guy that built them. From heavily-modded icons like Dom's 1970 DadgeCharger R/T to one-off total custom builds like the Flip Car, Dennis has made some of the best Hollywood vehicles over eight films. Dennis sat down with WIRED to talk about some of the most memorable cars and how they were made.
The Sebring International Raceway hates cars. It hates them so much that it will break them, eat them, and send the rest limping back to the pits. Stevenson Motorsports knows this and puts so much into their Audi R8 race cars that it becomes a relationship between man and machine.
It might be small, but it is fierce. Colin Furze has finally unveiled the Stig's finished bumper car, powered by a 600cc four-cylinder motorcycle engine making 100 horsepower. For its maiden voyage, the Stig set a world record — hitting 107 MPH and making it the fastest bumper car on the planet.
Ken Block might finally have some competition. Lee O'Donnell is the driver of the Mad Scientist monster truck and pulled off some crazy stunts behind the wheel at the Monster Jam World Finals Freestyle event. Not only did Lee pull off a backflip, he managed to stick the landing on a perfect front flip for the first time in Freestyle history.
It's alive. Colin Furze got the heart beating in the Stig's new sportbike-powered, three-wheeled bumper car. Now it's time for a flashy paint job and a day on the track with the Stig behind the wheel. Watch part one of the project here.
Eric Barone is no stranger to setting speed records. His previous record was just over 138 MPH — on a mountain bike. Eric has returned to the slopes, this time besting his previous effort by 3 MPH, clocking 141 MPH down the side of a mountain.
What kind of car do you build for the person-with-the-secret-identity who's driven everything? Easy. You ask the Mad Hatter of DIY engineering Colin Furze to think something up. Colin never disappoints, and his new ride for Top Gear's legendary test pilot the Stig is no exception: A former bumper car powered by a 600cc four-cylinder motorcycle engine making about 100 brake horsepower. Colin details the build process for the bumper car, and will unveil the Stig's new ride in Part 2, due out March 23, 2017.
With a race-bred pedigree like Porsche, picking only five concept cars is incredibly difficult. Luckily, Director of Exterior Design Peter Varga and Director of Interior Design Ivo van Hulten are the perfect two to make such a decision. From the Porsche Cayenne Cabriolet to the 918 Spyder supercar, these five concepts capture the German marque's passion.
We all know how to say Ford, Chevrolet, or Honda. But what about Citroën, Peugeot, Skoda, or Pagani? With so many different car brands in so many different languages, knowing how to pronounce the names correctly can be difficult. This guide will teach you the correct way to say them, with each company's name being said by a native speaker.
In July 1957, Fiat launched their rear-engine city car initially named the Nuova 500. The compact coupé remained in production until 1975 when it went on a 30-year hiatus. A 2007 realunch brought the Fiat 500 back to life and the rest is history. To honor its 60th anniversary, surrealistic artist Cyriak created this trippy tribute to the Italian automobile for the Geneva Motor Show.
If you want to know how fast it is, take it to the Bonneville Salt Flats. Once a massive, prehistoric lake, the smooth salt bottom is all that's left — and it's perfect for seeing how fast something will go. From hyper-modified everyday grocery-getters to diesel rigs and jet-powered cars, there's something for everyone. Mashable went to the Flats to speak with some of the fastest people on the planet — and they're all amateurs. They're all out here just for a chance at the record books — no championships or prizes.
People like to talk about their cars like they're an extension of themselves. More than just metal and rubber and oil, there's a connection between man and machine as close as the mind and the body. Most of these people are just talk, no matter how passionate they really are about their vehicles. Camilo Pardo is not one of these people. Camilo is on his sixth 2005 Ford GT, and the Ford GT is literally part of him — he was the lead designer at Ford's SVT Studio that designed the car.
Take the lights of nighttime Tokyo and combine them with giant robots and you'll have an idea of the dekotora culture of Japan. Translated as "decoration truck," these disco rigs put the chrome-and-steel kings of American highways to shame. Great Big Story looks and the years, money, and love this small auto subculture puts into the vehicles that make them their living.
It isn't a hoverboard, but it's nearly as awesome. Hoversurf's Scorpion-3 prototype takes their Scorpion drone platform and adds controls and seating for a human pilot. You can't get one now, but Hoversurf is crowding funding the project. Go to their website for more details.