The 2018 Goodwood Festival of Speed saw several new records. Volkswagen's I.D. R electric Pikes Peak car set a record at the hill climb, and both Roborace and Siemens made the first totally autonomous runs of the course — with very different vehicles. Roborace made it's historic run with a specially-designed car and watching it navigate the track is a glimpse into the future of transportation.
Daytona Bike Week in Daytona Beach, Florida is the place for some of the wildest custom two-wheelers on the planet. Retired F1 driver Tarso Marquez stole the show in his TMC Dumont, a bike that looks like it defies physics. Two giant, hubless wheels powered by a 300 horsepower Rolls-Royce aircraft motor and a retro-futuristic design made it the star of the show. Check out how Tarso and his crew built the monster in this making-of video here.
Volkswagen brought their I.D. R electric race car to the 2018 Pikes Peak hill climb with one mission — to smash the previous record in the Unlimited class. And smash they did, setting a new record over 15 seconds faster than the one set in 2013 by a gas-powered turbocharged Peugeot. Watch the entire record-breaking run from a birds-eye helicopter view — even the helicopter has a hard time keeping up.
The current water speed record was set 40 years ago in 1978, and everyone who's attempted it since has been killed trying — making it the deadliest world record in history. Most of the record attempts have been made in boats built by the pilots themselves, with disastrous consequences. But Australian Ken Warby averaged 317 MPH in a boat he built in his backyard and is working with his son to try and beat his own record.
Adam Savage loves the Onewheel electric skateboard. He's owned every model the company has made, logging hundreds of miles and giving them plenty of abuse along the way. When Adam heard about Onewheel's new XR with increased range, he had to have one — and Onewheel invited him down to the factory to build his own.
This is the real deal. Not the original, but you couldn't find a more accurate recreation of the most iconic on-screen car in movie history — Doc Brown's time-traveling DeLorean. Back to the Future creator Bob Gale, and builders Terry Matalas and Joe Walser get together with Jay Leno for an in-depth examination of this movie masterpiece.
The result of three years of research and millions of data points, the Casper Wave is a breakthrough in mattress design. Underneath its handsome exterior, you'll find the new, proprietary Natural Geometry System. It uses five layers of foam to mimic the natural contours of your body at 36 specific points, adjusting naturally to your shoulders and hips without sacrificing support, and keeping your spine properly aligned. Like the original, it uses open-cell foams to keep you cool at night. Designed and assembled in the USA.
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Oris has been creating high-quality timepieces for over a century, and the new Aquis Chronograph is a testament to their experience and expertise. The impressive diver features a formidable stainless steel case that measures 45.5mm with a rotating divers bezel that is easy to grip and moves smoothly to set dive times. The maritime blue watch dial has three sub-dials and is the perfect contrast with the SuperLuminova Arabic numerals and indices for increased visibility when it's needed most. Automatic Swiss movement with a 48-hour power reserve is the heartbeat of the watch, which is water resistant up to 500 meters and finished with a black rubber strap that is attached to the lugs with screws.
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The world's first open-seat electric vehicle series, Formula E, is now in its fourth season. The cars have the aerodynamics and looks of their fuel- or hybrid-powered Formula One or IndyCar cousins but have all-electric drivetrains and performance to match. Formula E driver Sam Bird and his team talk about what it's like driving these cars and how the technology that's powering them is the future of transportation.
It's not very often that Hot Wheels get outside — unless it's the yard or the sandbox. Abe Kislevitz took his Hot Wheels to the beach and recorded the adventure with a GoPro. The track setup uses driftwood and ends — as it should — with a ramp and a splashdown into a bucket of water.
There are few vehicles more iconic than the Jeep. The round headlights and slat grille is recognized the world over as one of the most capable 4x4s you can buy. From its rugged military origins to the more passenger-friendly modern incarnations, the Jeep has never lost touch with its roots. Donut digs into the history of the Jeep and has everything you need to know about this American icon.
Racing Barbie cars have become a tradition of sorts. From brushless DC motors to annual races in stock pink sports cars, it's a well-known and affordable entry into racing. The Grind Hard Plumbing Co. is taking Barbie racing to the next level with their 240cc, Honda dirt bike -powered Barbie Mustang. Using a chassis from a Craigslist beater go-kart, the team wedged in the motor and chopped the frame to fit, making one of the most powerful Barbie cars around.
In 1968, Hot Wheels made their debut with the Custom Camaro. The die-cast cars have been racing across bedroom floors ever since. In honor of their 50th anniversary, Donut Media put together this timeline featuring some of the toy brand's most iconic releases.
Growing up to be a racecar driver is a dream lots of kids have — but very few ever make it. Mišo Kuzmanović made the dream come true, by designing and building his own track car in his garage. After thousands of hours and over $27,000 spent, Mišo is living the dream and even driving it on the streets of his hometown.
There was a time when car safety was an afterthought. No airbags, seat belts, crumple zones — just a bench seat, steel dash, and non-collapsable steering column were all that you had to stop in the event of an accident. Ford offered optional lap belts in the 50s, and in 1959, Volvo introduced the first three-point seat belt. Since then, the odds of surviving have increased exponentially, and with driverless cars on the horizon, the most unsafe thing in the auto might be gone completely.
You're an adult now, and toys just don't do it anymore. You need something bigger, something better, something that will be the envy of your friends and neighbors. That's the J-Deite RIDE. The world's first life-size Transformer, the RIDE goes from steerable to car to a 14-foot-tall walking robot. Your childhood dream is finally here.
Combining a few of their hair and body essentials, the Aesop Jet Set Kit keeps grooming simple and effective during travel season. The pack includes their Classic Shampoo, Classic Conditioner, Geranium Leaf Body Cleanser, and Rind Concentrate Body Balm in carry-on friendly sizes. The cool mix of mint and citrus is great for a quick in-flight refresh or to simply maintain daily upkeep while abroad.
Classic Shampoo: 1.7 oz / Classic Conditioner: 1.7 oz / Body Cleanser: 1.7 oz / Body Balm: 1.7 oz
While most fine watches arrive in a luxurious box, they're not really designed for being packed and carried during travel. Knowing this, Bamford Watch Department created a globetrotting watch roll crafted in carbon fiber and leather to match the sophistication and level of engineering found in the watches it contains. Ceramic glide rails provide smooth operation of the twist-and-lock capsule that feels and sounds more like a canister used for discreetly carrying dinosaur embryos than a collection of watches. Designed to hold four timepieces as large as the Rolex Deepsea. Made in the UK.
Few automakers can match Porsche's success on the road, on the track, or off of either. If it can be won, Porsche has won it. From purpose-built race cars to the won-everything 911, Porsche has one of the most iconic lineups ever. Take a walk down memory lane and look at some of the most successful Porsches in the companies history.
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.
If you're going to make great cars, they need to be on the track — and BMW has been taking its cars racing since 1936. Renowned for practical cars with impeccable driving dynamics and reasonable price tags, BMW has made cars and motors that have been wildly successful on and off the race course. Donut Media picks the best of the best from BMWs legendary racing history.
Totaling 10,000 miles, Robert Jan van der Kaaij spent 81 days traveling through 14 countries on his motorcycle. The journey started in the Netherlands and eventually lead him up this narrow mountain road in the Indian Himalayas. At one point, the snow was so bad he had to hitch a ride on a truck to finish the trek. He took us all along for the crazy, white-knuckle ride in this POV video.
It's the most prestigious racing series in the world. Rich with history, the highest tech in motorsport, and some of the most glamorous sporting events of the year, Formula One is the pinnacle of racing. Donut gets you into in the action with a quick primer on the history of F1 and what to look for on the grid for the 2018 season.
It's one of the most famous and successful manufacturers ever — and it's the only one whose name has two different pronunciations. So is it Porsch or Porsch-uh? Jalopnik calls in the experts for the final word on how to say the word Porsche.
It came from Japan to conquer the world — and no, we're not talking about Godzilla. This is the Toyota Land Cruiser, a 4x4 that's been everywhere you can go with four wheels, and even a few places you can't. Donut gives you the scoop on everything you need to know about Toyota's famous offroader if you plan on putting one in your garage.
The Bugatti Veyron set the standard for the hypercar craze. Over 1,000 horsepower from a 16-cylinder, quad-turbocharged motor reaches the ground through all four wheels to a top speed of over 260 MPH. The car is an amazing technical achievement — and watching how it's hand-assembled reinforces what it takes to make such an amazing automobile.
From the 125 S in 1947 to the FXX K Evo, Ferrari's passion for automobiles has been on display on and off the track. Almost every Ferrari is an icon, but this video hits the highlights of the most important models in the company's 70-plus year history.
It's changed a lot for having changed so little, but the Porsche 911 is still the gold-standard for sports cars. Easily the most accomplished car of all time, there hasn't been anywhere where the 911 hasn't succeeded. Donut Media gives you all the info you need on the 911, from beginning to the latest version.
Everyone has a dream of traveling across the country in an Airstream. All of those dreams start in Jackson Center, Ohio. This short time-lapse goes inside the factory to give a glimpse at the process behind crafting those iconic aluminum trailers.
BMW just broke the Guinness World Record for the longest vehicle drift in 8 hours, crushing the previous by over 140 miles. But that's not the real news. While driver Johan Schwartz was cruising around the track, Matt Mullin and Matt Butts would refuel the M5 from another M5, while in motion. This moving pit-stop allowed for the car to keep going and set the bar for a seemingly unbeatable record.
With the AI revolution already beginning and autonomous vehicles almost here, cars still look like... cars. Architecture firm oiio studio wants to change that, with a radical dissection of the automobile as we know it. Breaking it down into it's essential, people-moving parts, oiio imagines a vehicle that does exactly what it needs to. They also threw in a bonus shot of a Blade Runner-style Los Angeles at the end too.
This two-story Hot Wheels track is not only our childhood dreams come true but maybe our adult ones too. Measuring in at 141 feet long, the track starts at a bedroom window and travels down a wooden bridge. From there, the car twists and loops at an average speed of 3.8 miles per hour throughout the entire backyard. Because it is so elaborate, just one view wouldn't do. The run was filmed at three angles, including an ultra-slick first-person view.