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.
The bomber jacket is one of the most iconic pieces of outerwear ever. And the Original Penguin Reversible Bomber Jacket builds on the legacy of the classic with some subtle but valuable upgrades. Originally created for military pilots, bomber jackets quickly crossed-over into the mainstream thanks to the sophisticated look and overall versatility. This fresh take from Original Penguin maintains those qualities with this Dark Sapphire polyester shell with ribbed collar. It comes in a classic fit and is also reversible, giving you the option to step out with a different look from time to time without having to buy or reach for a new jacket.
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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.
From the mass-production Beetle to the most successful endurance race car ever produced, the company founded by Ferdinand Porsche has become synonymous with performance. The heart of any performance machine is the motor, and the unique flat cylinder arrangement Porsche is famous for produces an aural assault unlike any other. Porsche pulled five of its most iconic vehicles from the Porsche Museum and recorded the exhaust notes for an official list of the best Porsche engine sounds.
It's been available on production vehicles since mid-2015, yet Mercedes-Benz Pre-Safe Pink Noise is no less interesting today. Tapping into your body's natural reflexes, it plays a short blast of "pink noise" when it detects an imminent, high-volume collision. This causes the stapedius muscle in your ears to contract, protecting them against loud noises and reducing any potential hearing damage. Yet another safety feature that you hope you'll never have to use.
In Durham, North Carolina, there's a bridge that eats trucks by the hundreds. Located at the corner of Gregson and Peabody streets, the railroad overpass was built over one hundred years ago, at a height of 11 feet 8 inches. With modern overpasses built at 15 feet, this means serious trouble for truckers who aren't paying attention — and Jürgen Henn has made a little business capturing the crashes over the last eight years. Watch a compilation here and visit his website, 11foot8.com.
There was a time when Neptune's trident meant dominating performances at the highest levels of motorsport. Racing legends Juan Miguel Fangio and Stirling Moss helped put Maserati at the top of international motorsport with the 250F, the Formula One car which is a direct ancestor to the 3500 GT featured here. The 3500 GT was Maserati's first serially produced road car, a turn from their production of racing cars only. Owner Phillipe Reyns explains the history of this landmark Maserati and why making road cars became critical to the marquee's survival.
With over 240 horsepower, speeds that push 220 MPH, and only two wheels, piloting a MotoGP bike isn't for the faint of heart. Now imagine riding one through the snow of a ski run in the Austrian Alps. 2016 MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez took his Repsol Honda out for a snow day, with a set of wicked looking studded tires straight out of Mad Max.
Since 1970, the Range Rover has presided at the top of the Land Rover lineup. First conceived as a slightly more road-friendly, yet still off-road capable, compliment to the utilitarian Land Rover, the Range Rover is now in its fourth generation. This retrospective looks at how the model has evolved, from the 1969 concept to the state-of-the-art vehicles of today.
No matter how rare, desirable, or esteemed a car is, history can be as important a selling point as anything else. And on top of being rare, desirable, and esteemed, Terry Larson's 1954 Jaguar D-Type has a history that is second to none. Besides being an engineering marvel, OKV2 was immediately placed into the hands of legendary driver Sir Stirling Moss for the 1954 24 Hours of Le Mans. The car went on to be wrecked and rebuilt over the course of its 60-plus years, before finally coming into Terry's hands.
Many of the things we take for granted in our current road cars — things like strong disc brakes, aerodynamic body work, and compact, powerful motors — were born on the race track. Real Engineering looks at some the greatest innovations that have come from Formula One racing, and a few others that are just now making their way into road cars.
If you thought motorcycles would be the last bastion of vehicles that required human operators, you thought wrong. Honda unveiled its Riding Assist at the 2017 CES show. Ride Assist enables the bike to keep upright at a standstill, with or without a rider. Honda also showcased its ability to operate autonomously at low speeds, as it followed an engineer outside of the test facility.
Deep in the forest, beneath rusting corrugated metal and wedged in between two trees, a 1955 Volkswagen Transporter lay sleeping. Found by chance in its resting place deep in a valley of the French Alps, this lucky VW was rescued, restored on site, and then driven down the mountain by its new owners.
Something happened to cars in the 80s. The steel boxes we were used to suddenly began to melt, sprouting smooth curves where there were once sharp edges. This lesson in automotive history explains how Europe, fuel economy regulations, and computers combined to turn the massive land barges of yesterday into the swoopy shapes of modern automobiles.
Ken Block took a shipping container across the pond to the land of strange food, strong ale, and proper English. The Hoonigan picked up Top Gear host Matt LeBlanc in the Hoonicorn for a smoky, tire-shredding tour of the city of London. They skip the iconic double-decker buses and those little black cabs for a trip that hits all the highlights but also strays off the usual well-beaten path.
The Grand Tour hosts Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May love cars — but the ones they're used to are a little bit bigger. While the racing isn't exactly fast and furious, the finer points of zero-emissions are discussed, with environmentalist Jeremy Clarkson a big fan of the little electric cars.
Electric motorcycles are nothing new. There are several on the market, and have easily outdone automobiles in bringing zero-emissions vehicles to the masses. But the Johammer J1 looks to be the Tesla of the electric motorcycle market — not just a standard frame with batteries and electric motors, but a complete reimaging of the motorcycle as we know it.
Weighing in at 1,712 pounds, this 1964½ Ford Mustang replica is made entirely of Legos. The 194,900-piece classic took 1,200 hours to assemble and measures 15 feet long, 6 feet wide, and over 4 feet tall. Unlike the life-size LEGO vehicles before it, this one includes a virtual horn and the sounds of a real Mustang engine, as well as working headlights and taillights.
From a simple wood-and-metal circle to the ergonomic square packed with buttons, the steering wheel has went from just turning the wheels to the nerve center of modern race cars. The basic function of the wheel hasn't changed, but what's now asked to do has changed radically since the introduction of the automobile.
As white and pure as the Icelandic snow, Sigfús B. Sverrisson's 1982 C3 Corvette fits in perfectly with the landscape. While many like to bash on the later models of the third-generation Corvette, the automobile is a hit in the island nation. Looking as good as it did 34 years ago, it turns heads like it's the 80s all over again, from police to passersby.
In the early days of drag racing, the drivers would burn rubber all the way down the track — no smoky burnouts and then lining up for the lights. Dave Nelson and his front-engined rail dragster race the original way. This time, though, Dave added a wicked twist: dousing the tires with gasoline, lighting it up, and burning fire for a 1/4 mile.
A Singer Porsche 911 is the resto-mod of your dreams. Aquire a 70s 911, call up Singer, and they will completely overhaul the engine, chassis, suspension, interior, and exterior, bringing a 40-year-old automobile up to modern specifications. All this is done to each owner's individual preferences, with virtually no desire unobtainable. But beyond all the go-fast and corner-hard bits, the fit, finish, and attention to detail are absolutely second to none.