With Bond 25 coming up, Aston Martin is bringing back the iconic DB5 that Sean Connery drove in Goldfinger. Just like in the 1964 film, the car will come complete with working gadgets like a smoke screen, oil slick, and machine guns in the headlights. All of the gizmos are being created by the franchise's own Q, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould. Limited to just 25, this 007 ride will set you back a cool $3.5 million.
Steve McQueen and Husqvarna are two names that will be forever linked in the history of motorcycles. The Hollywood star and avid racer saw world champion Bengt Aberg race a Husqvarna 360 to victory in California and was sold, buying Aberg's bike. McQueen would own many of the bikes and race them himself — and now Del Pinho owns McQueen's first Husky.
The Range Rover is a British icon, but it owes a lot to its cousin America. The boxy, brutish Land Rover we know and love was inspired by the Jeep and the Range Rover got its V8 heart from the US. Donut breaks down the history of the Range Rover and the across-the-pond collaboration that brought it to life.
In his "Disintegrating" photo series, Fabian Oefner features deconstructed cars appearing to come apart in motion. The painstaking process requires hundreds of photos capturing every last piece of the automobile. After previously highlighting a
Wyatt Knox is a rally driver by trade. He found out that his skills behind the wheel translated perfectly to another style of driving — tactical driving. Wyatt is Special Projects Director at the Team O'Neil Rally School, and teaches law enforcement, special forces, and people like you and me how to drive like it's Mission: Impossible.
Crashing a $2 million hypercar isn't something you'd want to do — unless you're the manufacturer and it's required by law. Koenigsegg makes some of the fastest, most technologically advanced cars on the planet, and their production is very limited. Pulling a Regera off the production line and destroying it isn't feasible, so Koenigsegg has come up with some interesting ways to ensure safety and their bottom line.
In collaboration with some of the world's best photographers and picture archives, Sonic Editions makes limited, high-quality framed photo prints of some of the greatest musicians, film stars, and cultural icons the world has known. Using the same printing techniques as fine art galleries, each photo is hand printed to order on Fuji crystal archive paper, numbered and certified, and comes encased inside a hand-made solid wooden frame that's ready to hang.
In 2016, the Tactica Talon became the highest funded multitool in crowdfunding history. Using the feedback from thousands of backers, it's since been improved and rechristened the Tactica Original. Packed into its 3.1-inch case that can be attached to a key ring are a multitude of tools, including more than a dozen wrenches (imperial and metric), a bottle opener, a package opener, a ruler, hex sockets, and both Phillips and flathead bits. It's TSA compliant, so you can leave it in your pocket while flying, and its hardened steel core is wrapped in a lightweight composite that won't scratch your phone's screen.
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Since its introduction in 1997, Honda's Civic Type R has redefined what economy-minded hatchbacks are capable of. Honda Australia is celebrating the iconic Type R with a life-sized LEGO recreation of the latest version for Channel 9's upcoming TV show LEGO Masters.
Tesla just announced the next generation of its Autopilot hardware, now called Full Self-Driving, at their 2019 Automation Day on April 22. The hardware is already being installed on the Model S, X and 3 since March, and Tesla will offer retrofits to anyone who sprang for the Full Self-Driving package. This demonstration shows the new system at work. For a deep dive into how the new computer works, watch the presentation here.
Keanu Reeves loves motorcycles. Not only does the movie star have a few well-loved bikes, he also designs and builds some of the most innovative motorcycles you can get with his company Arch. Keanu got his first motorcycle in 1986, and since then, it's been a love affair — as evidenced by his enthusiasm for two-wheeled transportation.
A concept car is like a dream — something that will most likely never exist in real life, and if it does, it's nothing like what you imagined. But rarely, it does happen, like the Dodge Viper and Challenger. Those cars rolled off the production line with styling and features very similar to what was on the auto show stand. Business Insider talked to several auto industry veterans to find out why automakers spend millions on cars that will never reach the public.
The name conjures up images of upper-crust, cigars-and-brandy British boardrooms, but Rolls-Royce built its reputation on reliability and speed, from cars to boats and airplanes. As one of the most storied automakers of all time, a Rolls-Royce means you've made it — and here's everything you need to know when you get there.
Mechanic Peter Boggia loves motorcycles. From his shop in Brooklyn, New York, he works on just about anything — but his true passion is Italian classics. Peter's 1979 Moto Guzzi Le Mans is a labor of love, and this short film tells the story of a man and his motorcycle.
The real Mid Night Club wasn't a video game from the mid-aughts, it was probably the most serious street racing gang in the world. From 1982 until 1999, the group ran the Bayshore Route between Tokyo and Yokohama in high-end custom cars at speeds of up to 200 MPH. More than just a group of racers, the tight-knit club had a strict entry policy and even stricter code of ethics — that led to the club being disbanded after a fatal wreck in 1999.
Australia's Holden car company got its start building bodies for imported GM chassis but became a full-fledged automaker when it started designing and building its own cars. From racing to the open road, Holden proved itself tough enough for Australia's unforgiving terrain, and even sent a few models stateside for GM.
Protecting your property shouldn't involve drilling holes and running wires. The Simplisafe Home Security System requires none of the above, and is easy to install yourself. It starts with a base station that connects to their service via WiFi with a backup cellular connection for emergencies. You can arm and disarm it from the keypad, with a key fob, or with your phone. Add on as many entry, motion, smoke, glass break, and CO sensors as you need — the system is easily expandable to fit your needs, and comes with the assurance of 24/7 monitoring.
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Immortalized on screen by Jeff Bridges in The Big Lebowski, Vuarnet's The Dude sunglasses will add some laid back vibes to your summer wardrobe. Dubbed model 03, the silhouette was originally launched in 1962 and was inspired by the oversized aviators of US Air Force pilots. The frames are made from a tough shape memory nylon for comfort and have integrated monobloc hinges as well as a removable bridge insert, while the grey polar lenses offer maximum protection against glare whether it's coming from the sun or your lighter. Made in France.
Lens Width: 56 / Bridge Width: 19 / Arm Length: 140
Michael Bream of EV West in San Diego, California is giving classic cars a new lease on life — with zero emissions. Bream and his small team got their start building an electrified BMW 3-series for the Pikes Peak Hillclimb, setting records and beating international auto manufacturers, showing what a group of dedicated people can do. In addition to racing EV West now does conversions for customers, and business is booming.
Magic: The Gathering, e-books, and lithium-ion batteries — the story of Tesla is a strange tale that doesn't start with Elon Musk. While Musk was an early investor in the company, he wasn't the founder, but his hand in the company helped push it to the EV pioneer we know today. Donut Media goes through the history of Tesla and the revolution it launched in the automotive industry — and how it changed transportation forever.
Falling in love can be hard — especially when your crush is an Alfa Romeo GTV. The rust, wonky electronics, hard-to-find parts, and temperamental motors make for an involved relationship — which is part of what attracts Matthew to his Alfa Romeo GTV. This is the story as old as time itself — the bond between a boy and his car.
The opening round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship is just over a week away, and that means teams are shaking down their new cars. After several rough years, McLaren is looking to break into the top of the F1 pack with their new MCL34. Driver Carlos Sainz took McLaren's top car around the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in Spain for the first test of the season, and a camera mounted on the rear wing captured all the action.
With an MSRP of almost $1 million, you're probably not in the market for Porsche's last hypercar — but Donut Media has everything you need to about the 918 Spyder anyway. Only 918 examples of the ultra-fast and tech-packed hybrid were built, and every part of the 918 is the best of everything Porsche had learned up to that point building some of the most successful racing cars ever made. The history of the 918 goes back to the '80s and Porsche's first supercar, the 959, through failed F1 engine programs, stalled Le Mans prototypes, the Carrera GT, and finally, one of the best-performing cars ever to hit the street.
In 1989, Acura debuted the first NSX concept at the Chicago Auto Show. Its unveiling revolutionized the supercar segment with its all-aluminum body and spacious interior. As its 30th-anniversary approaches, Acura hit the archives to compile a tribute to the legacy of the NSX, as well as a slick look into its future.
In an undisclosed warehouse, RM Sotheby's is housing 130 cars dubbed the Youngtimers Collection. The selection of automobiles includes rare rides from the 70s, 80s and 90s like a 50th Anniversary Nissan 300ZX Turbo and a Porsche 928 GTS. In this exclusive peek inside, automotive journalist Chris Harris gives a tour of this dream garage.
Before it became the star of a blockbuster trilogy of films, the DeLorean was the brainchild of the rockstar of the auto industry — John DeLorean. A former GM executive, DeLorean left (or was fired) from GM and wanted his revenge in the best way possible: By launching his own car. A deal with the UK, a plant in Ireland, and finally a trial and acquittal for laundering drug money killed his car. But the DeLorean would go on to have an amazing rebirth and a special place in the hearts of cinema-loving car fanatics.
Hot rods have been an American institution since the advent of the automobile. With the rise of the electric car, there was some worry about the decline of the DIY culture around cars. That's turned out to be a totally unfounded concern — and this Tesla-powered 1981 Honda Accord proves it. Using a Chevrolet Volt battery pack and Tesla electric motors, the Teslonda can go 0-60 as fast as a Bugatti Chiron for a lot less money.
It's no Bugatti, but this LEGO Silverado is impressive none the less. The truck was built at the LEGO Model Shop in honor of the upcoming film The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and took 8 builders over 2,000 hours and 334,544 bricks to complete. Although it's an exact replica of Chevy's 2019 model on the outside, there's no engine, so driving through a post-apocalyptic Bricksburg is out of the question.
Not everyone will get the chance to sit behind the wheel of a real Formula 1 race car in their lifetime but if you've got 500 hours and an abundance of cardboard, you could be closer to that dream than you think.
Tesla builds some of the most technologically advanced cars on the planet — but there's still plenty of humans on the assembly line. In this time-lapse, a Tesla Model 3 goes from empty shell to a fully-functioning EV in 48 seconds.
In the US, the armed forces have sports teams. In the UK, the armed forces go rally racing in former military Land Rovers. The Armed Forces rally team started when the military was asked to help recover cars in the Scottish Rally, and from there became a competitive team. Patina tagged along with the team as they prepared their Land Rovers for the upcoming RSAC Scottish Rally.
Porsche's 911 has been in production for 55 years and is still immediately recognizable as the ideal Porsche. You could be forgiven for thinking that Porsche is a bit on the traditional side when it comes to its car lineup — and you'd be wrong. Straight from the official Porsche channel, this is a definitive look at the top five prototypes to come out of Stuttgart, with a few designs that are a wild departure from the Porsche we all know and love.