It was only a matter of time. Ken Block has gone sideways around cities, docks, deserts, and indoor obstacle courses, but he's never tackled the mother of them all Pike's Peak. Ken and the Hoonicorn V2 went to the top in a cloud of burning tires, without going straight once.
Spoiler alert: If you want to own the quarter mile, leave your Ferraris and Porsches in the garage. The Tesla Model S is the heaviest and fastest car in the seventh edition of Motor Trend's "World's Greatest Drag Race", along with comfortably seating you and three of your friends to boot. The future is now.
You can take all those million-dollar hypercars and throw them in the garbage. François Gissy just blasted to 62 MPH in just over half a second before going on to a top speed of 162 MPH. That amounts to pulling about 5gs. What another video with added angles and slow-motion footage of the test.
It's the fastest LEGO brick sculpture ever — a life-size replica of Ferrari's 2017 Formula One car, the SF70H. 844 hours of design, 750 hours to build, and 349,911 bricks later, this LEGO creation is ready for the track.
When you order one of the most expensive, luxurious cars in the world, you expect a wealth of options and customized details. But Rolls-Royce goes a step beyond — everything about every car is tailored to the buyer, down to what animal the leather is made out of. Step inside the Rolls-Royce Commissioning Suite and see how every Rolls is individually crafted for its owner.
In all that dust, there's a car in there somewhere. Ken Block took a break for tearing up urban areas and got back to nature in Swing Arm City, Utah. Using the terrain as a natural stunt course, Ken sent his Ford Fiesta ST RX43 rally car flying through some of the best trails in the US.
Tile Bluetooth Trackers help you keep track of often misplaced items. And now, they've expanded their product line to include the durable and dependable Tile Sport. It features a sleek graphite gray look and a Bluetooth tracker with twice the range of the original. It pairs seamlessly with the Tile app, and the new model is also waterproof and has a louder speaker to alert you of just where to look for that item you're having trouble finding. The battery lasts an entire year, and the Tile Sport even lets you choose from a variety of new ringtones to optimize and customize your findings.
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Inspired by its California locale, the Parachute Venice Sheet Set is adding a new colorway to its collection. The light grey hue will give your bed a modern update, but is still neutral enough for any decor. Omitting the top sheet, the bundle includes everything you need for a bedroom overhaul. The fabric is made from 100% long-staple Egyptian cotton and is available in both their lightweight percale and super smooth sateen.
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Drug smugglers, the super-rich, and Miami Vice — three things that all come to mind when you think of speedboats. From their origins in the drug trade to today's fast party barges, boating for speed has come a long way. Miami is the undisputed speedboat capital of the world, and VICE went to South Beach to find out why.
Every year at the Bonneville Salt Flats, a group of daredevils gathers to do one thing — go as fast as possible on anything with wheels. Motorcycles, cars, and even jet-powered monsters that have more in common with aircraft than anything on road spend one week in the desert trying to break records. Director Skylar Nielsen talks to these speed freaks about what keeps them coming back.
If you had a poster of a car on your wall in the late 80s or early 90s, you pretty much had two choices — the Lamborghini Countach or the Ferrari F40. One of the most iconic cars of all time, the F40 was the last Ferrari personally overseen by founder Enzo, and was the Italian marque's last word on outright performance at the time. Doug DeMuro gets a chance to fulfill a childhood dram as he takes a $1.3 million F40 out on a test drive.
Sometimes, even an American icon needs a refresh. A 1957 Harley-Davidson XL Sportster engine — the first year for the model — gets a complete teardown and rebuild by Hagerty's Davin Reckow. 20,000 photos and three months of trying to find parts for the rare piece is what it took to get it back together.
Building a Porsche 911 Turbo S Exclusive Edition is easier than you might think — if you have a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility, some of the best engineers on the planet, and even a few technicians to put it all together. Take a look at the assembly line where Porsches are born in the behind-the-scenes clip from the factory.
The new Jaguar E-PACE made quite a first impression during its world premiere at ExCeL in London. With British stunt driver Terry Grant behind the wheel, the compact SUV did a 270-degree barrel roll snagging a Guinness World Record in the process. The jump launched the vehicle 15.3 meters with a G-Force of 5.5 g. Other than having corkscrew abilities, the 2018 Jaguar E-PACE also features a 2.0-liter turbocharged engine, 296 horsepower, AWD, and 4G Wi-Fi.
Britain has made some of the world's finest luxury automobiles for over 100 years. Beyond exterior styling and plush rides, the cigars-and-brandy feel of English high-luxury interiors has yet to be replicated, and Bentley provides the best of the best. Step inside the Bentley woodshop, where a combination of high-tech automation and painstaking handwork creates the burled walnut, figured maple, and chrome-accented interior panels of some of the world's most expensive cars.
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.
Industrial designer Joey Roth has created an antidote to bland, rectangular bookshelf speakers. Drawing inspiration from tactile mid-century designs, these speakers are made by hand from a mix of aluminum, cork, Baltic birch, and white-glazed porcelain. Their stunning visual presence begs to not only be heard, but seen. The four-inch drivers provide a 70 Hz - 20 kHz frequency range coupled with a completely analog signal path that's as short as possible without DSP or filters, while oxygen-free copper wiring source the drivers. We opted to include Roth's Bluetooth receiver alongside the matching external amp — both of which are made from steel and cast iron — to make it a complete, modern set, allowing you to link up with your preferred source, whether it be a turntable (with phono pre-amp), your computer, or simply the phone in your pocket. All necessary, premium cables and connectors are included.
Speakers: Height: 7" / Width: 5" / Depth: 10"
This structured duffel bag is designed to be by your side through everything, with everything you need. In classic Filson fashion, the exterior twill is water and abrasion resistant and made to stand up to nearly a lifetime of use. The large U-shaped top makes finding gear inside easy and at-a-glance, while the attached nylon-lined collapsible dry bag keeps wet and muddy gear separate from the main compartment. While the exterior of the bag is made from Filson's classic rugged twill, the interior of the bag is lined with soft 6 oz. nylon to protect your things from being scuffed or damaged. A removable and quick-drying webbed nylon shoulder strap makes carrying easier when fully packed.
Width: 20" / Height: 13" / Depth: 10-3/8"
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.
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.
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.