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.
It's not too late to make good on your New Years Resolutions, so if you've resolved to finally elevate your band, business, or side project with a website — it's time to look into Squarespace. They make it easy to build a website on your own and give you access to their all-in-one platform and award-winning templates. They'll even give you a comprehensive set of marketing tools to engage with your audience and connect across search and social media. And everything's accessible from an intuitive interface that makes it easy to build what you want, whether it's your first site or your fifteenth.
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Most guys dread the thought of clothes shopping and dread the thought of having to try clothes on at a store even more. With Mott & Bow, you can say goodbye to that painful process, and still get a well designed, great fitting pair of premium jeans. Mott & Bow is all about comfort and quality. They use different types of denim from left-hand weave Italian denim for extreme softness (seriously, they're really soft) to 4-way stretch denim for optimal flexibility. Mott & Bow cuts out the middleman and sells directly to you so they can sell their jeans at half the price of jeans of the same quality. They will also ship you two waist sizes at no extra charge to make sure you get the right fit — just send back the pair that doesn't fit at no additional cost. Finally, you can afford premium denim that fits without an awkward trip to a department store. And keep an eye out, as several new styles are on the way in 2017.
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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.
When Adam Savage gets his hands on a new Honda Ridgeline, you know it's not going to stay stock for very long. So him and the Tested crew modify the truck into a mobile motocross pit stop. As Adam would say, the truck gets turned into "a Swiss Army Knife for off-roading", featuring a power washer and air compressor with retractable hoses.
Blink and you'll miss it — Formula One pit stops average around two to three seconds, with the fastest recorded stop clocking in at 1.89 seconds. F1 races are often won and lost on a combination of pit strategy and time, and the importance of a well-trained crew can't be understated. The coordination required is amazing, with 18 people required to get the car up, change all four tires, and back out on the track with a minimum of lost time.
Say goodbye to trying to park in tight, claustrophobic parking garages — at least in West Hollywood. While the Japanese have had automated vehicle storage and retrieval for decades, the United States has finally caught up to the 21st century. Yesterday's future is finally now.
BMW announces the future of motorcycling with the VISION NEXT 100. BMW has a long history as a motorcycle innovator, from the first use of hydraulically-dampened telescopic forks in 1935 to the innovative telelever front suspension introduced in 1994. But the VISION NEXT 100 promises to take motorcycles to a level of technology previously unheard of. Radical features like gyroscopic self-balancing (yes, the bike balances itself — goodbye, kickstand), emission-less drivetrain, and a variable-stiffness frame that is supple at low speeds and stiffens as the demands of the road and rider increase will turn what was thought possible in a motorcycle on its head. And the best part? The bike is a road-ready proof-of-concept: no CGI or wishful thinking. The hoverboard of motorcycles is here.
Meet Bruce Campbell — not that Bruce Campbell — proud owner of a Boeing 727 airliner. Bruce isn't a pilot, and the 727 no longer takes to the skies, but serves a much terrestrial purpose as Bruce's home. Bruce invites you in for a tour of his very unique, completely recycled house.
12 high-performance cars, one desert airstrip, and enough tire smoke to ruin the lungs of an entire town — it's the sixth installment of Motor Trend's World's Greatest Drag Race. With a few returning heavyweights and the second coming of the Acura NSX, this wasa one of the best races ever, with a surprise first-place finisher.
Imagine driving over 200 MPH around a tight, twisting road in a land rocket and typing on a laptop — that's a pretty close approximation of piloting an Formula One car. Not only are they the fastest cars on the planet, but the steering wheel is cover in buttons that adjust every aspect of the car: brake balance, fuel mixture, engine mapping, and more. This video annotates all the button presses by Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg on a pole position lap at the 2016 Baku City Circuit.
If you've gotten on a commercial flight, more than likely it was on a Boeing 737. The 140-foot twinjet airliner rules the airways with more than 9,000 produced since their introduction in 1967. In order to get so many into the friendly skies, the company pumps out a completed 737 from their Renton Production Facility at an astonishing pace — just nine days.