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The 5 Craziest, Most Exotic Cars (Plus One Hoverbike) at the Dubai Motor Show

In Dubai, cash flows into the hands of luxury car dealerships as freely the water in the choreographed fountain display at the base of the world-tallest Burj Khalifa shoots to the heavens. You’re never far from a tuned Ferrari or Lamborghini, a murdered-out G-Wagen or gold-trimmed Rolls.

You’d thus be forgiven for assuming the Dubai International Motor Show would be an outright parody of blingy excess. That’s partially true — the aftermarket neighborhood in one of the lesser halls readily entertains your more ostentatious automotive fantasies — but the show proper is as businesslike the people whose world-dominating aspirations draw them into this gleaming desert convention center in the first place.

That doesn’t mean it’s not a fun show, though — not with the unfamiliar array of hypercars and armored sandcrawlers displayed as tastefully as possible alongside the more, shall we say, “conventional” fare. Below, the most extreme machines shown off in this Middle Eastern automotive oasis.

The Familiar Faces

Infiniti QX80

Dubai is famous for its bold, imposing construction projects as well as its artful design work on same. So it’s fitting that one of the two properly notable reveals at the Motor Show comes in the form of Infiniti’s massive QX80 SUV. The formerly bulbous vehicle doesn’t exactly slim down with this refresh, but its design has been masterfully streamlined by Infiniti design head Alfonso Albaisa. The grill gets a substantial revision with a deeper and wider presence; the headlights sit higher, with their own sharpened lines. Body panels from front to the rear have been smoothed out for a less billowy look, and the inside gets more profuse leather treatment and new colors. There are also new 20- and 22-inch alloy wheel designs. It’ll still be powered by a huge 5.6-liter V8 with 400 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque, but the updating still nicely modernizes this big boy. We’ll drive it next month, so stay tuned for the full report.

2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1

That Chevrolet traveled all the way to the United Arab Emirates to unveil its new Corvette ZR1 shows a laser-focused bit of upmarket marketing — or at the least the desire to open up the 210-mph monster on some of the UAE’s fantastic wide-open desert roads. This is GM’s fastest-ever machine, powered by a new 6.2-liter LT5 V8 good for 755 horsepower and 715 lb-ft of torque. Its more efficient supercharger and dual-fuel-injection system accounts for the staggering performance. We hope the actual media drives are here, too…

The Mideast Marvels

Devel Sixteen

Dubai-based boutique carmaker Devel showed off its concept Devel Sixteen mega-hypercar, 300-mph fantasy machine. And by “fantasy” I mean “unlikely.” The company claims the engine is able to generate 5,000-horsepower from a 12.3-liter V-16 engine. I have no earthly idea how 5,000 horsepower can be usefully applied to any track short of a very, very long, straight one, but it’s a fun idea. Of course, that’s the track version. Those without a death wish can order dialed-down versions with just 2,000 or 3,000 horsepower.

W Motors

Another Dubai carmaker, W Motors, debuted its stunning Fenyr SuperSport hypercar. Its four-liter twin-turbo V6 will produce 900 horsepower, lifting the car to 60 mph in just under 2.7 seconds on the way to a top speed of 250 mph. The dual-clutch gearbox will ensure no interruption in power application to the [horrifically abused] pavement beneath. It’s being developed in partnership with manufacturers RUF Automotive Germany and Magna Steyr.

The Intimidators

Brabus 900 “One of Ten”

It wouldn’t be Dubai without multiple extremely well-tuned Mercedes G-Wagens. Brabus’s 900 “One of Ten” version manages to get this less-than-aerodynamic brick to 60 mph in just 4 seconds thanks to engine enhancements that bring the output to, yes, 900 horsepower and the torque to 1,106 lb-ft. Menacing black finish and carbon hood standard, of course.

Dubai Police Hoverbike

The Dubai police are already well known for driving the most fantastically fast supercars in hot pursuit of other fantastically fast supercars, and they generated some buzz recently thanks to a quadcopter-cum-hoverbike they’re deploying to terrify the population. But to show where they’re ultimately going with that idea, they borrowed the concept hoverbike recently unveiled by BMW. Dubaians have little to fear, though — the concept has a fan in the rear, but no discernible lifting mechanism at the front end, so all it can really do is promptly nose-dive into eternity. [This is likely a publicity stunt. The hoverbike, however, itself is very real and is made by a company called Hoversurf. – Ed.]

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Northern Lake Home

Nestled into a natural swale in Northern Township of Beltrami County, Minnesota, the Northern Lake Home features a subtle darkened exterior, allowing it to blend perfectly into the surrounding forested landscape.

Built as a vacation retreat for a young couple, the construction is inspired by modern Scandinavian architecture. It is comprised of two volumes connected by a core section which transforms through a sliding glass wall to combine the dining and private lounge.

Clad in white oak, the spacious living areas feature extensive glass windows throughout, offering arresting views of the unspoiled woods and lake beyond.

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How to Repair a Ripped Tent

A Skill Every Outdoorsman Should Know


When you’re in the backcountry, shit inevitably happens: you accidentally pitch your tent on an unseen rock, winds pick up to the point where your tent can’t handle it, a branch falls on your campsite, or maybe your tent becomes a casualty of the campfire. Each of these scenarios can result in a ripped or torn tent that is now effectively incapable of keeping you warm and dry. But that doesn’t mean you need to toss the tent in the trash — most tears are easily repairable. By dedicating an hour of your time to a quick repair instead of your latest Netflix distraction, you can get a handful more sunrises out of your trusted trail mate. Here’s how to do it.

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Trim any loose threads and fibers. When tents tear, the ripstop nylon often leaves loose threads hanging that are prone to tearing further. Take a sharp pair of scissors and trim off any of the loose fibers or threads that may be lingering.

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Clean the area surrounding the rip inside and out. If your tent is especially dirty, give it a good scrubbing and rinse out any dirt. If your tent is fairly clean, use rubbing alcohol surrounding the tear, inside and outside.

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Steam the area surrounding the rip inside and outside. Though this step is optional, it is highly recommended. Chances are, your tent has a number of creases and folds in it. Steaming the areas surrounding the tear on the inside and outside will help to get these creases out, making the tent material as flat and smooth as possible.

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Apply Tenacious Tape to the inside of the tent. Measure out a piece of Tenacious Tape that is bigger than the tear by about a half inch on all sides. Using a sharp pair of scissors, trim the corners and edges of the tape so that they are rounded off. This will help make the patch more resistant to peeling. Peel the backing off of the tape and slowly apply the patch over the tear and make sure there are no bubbles or creases as you go. Apply pressure to the match to make sure that it is adhered to the tent material.

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Apply Seam Grip to the outside of the tent. On the outside of the tent, run a small bead of Seam Grip along the tear. Using your finger or a small brush, make sure that the Seam Grip covers the tear completely, as well as a quarter inch more or so on all sides. The Seam Grip will help to further increase the strength and weatherproofing of the repair. Though in many cases Tenacious Tape will be enough, we strongly recommend using Seam Grip as well for a lasting repair.

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Allow to dry for 24 hours. Allow the repair to sit for 24 hours before use. This will allow for the Seam Grip to cure and for the Tenacious Tape to set. When the repair is complete, your tent will once again be completely waterproof, allowing you to take on everything mother nature can throw at you.

The Materials

The goods you need to get the job done.

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Tenacious Tape $10
Seam Grip $5
Steamer $22
Rubbing Alcohol $3

Zarooq SandRacer 500GT

Zarooq Motors of the United Arab Emirates first previewed their off-road supercar in 2015.  Now they have announced the beginning of production on the Sandracer with a thirty-five unit special edition 500 GT model ($450K).

Much more than a dune buggy, the Sandracer, while specifically designed to triumph over the deserts of Arabia, can still be driven for a night out on the town.  The engine is a Chevrolet with German modifications – a mid-mounted, naturally-aspirated 6.2 liter 525-hp V8 producing 487 lbs of torque with rear wheel drive & a racing grade Weddle 5-speed sequential gearbox.

The carbon fiber body features a forward slanting profile with wide flaring wheel wells surrounding oversized off-road tires.  The rear diffuser can be removed for off-road adventuring.  Inside is more carbon fiber along with leather, a digital dashboard, infotainment center, climate control, and power windows.  The Zarooq Motors Sandracer is finally ready to get down and dirty in the world’s biggest and baddest sandboxes!

STEAL: 50% off Everything at J.Crew Factory


We’ve seen a lot of great sales at J.Crew and J.Crew Factory, but 50% off Everything at J.Crew Factory doesn’t come along all that often. The sale runs until 2/19 and includes shirts, jeans, tees, sweaters, accessories and anything else you could possibly want from J.Crew Factory. Prices are as marked with no coupon codes […]

Sx-Z | iXoost Exhaust Manifold iPhone Docks

GEAR: iXoost Exhaust Manifold iPhone Docks

Sx-Z | iXoost Exhaust Manifold iPhone Docks

Dreamed up by Matteo Panini and designed by Mirco Pecorari, iXoost builds beautiful audio systems out of Formula One exhaust manifolds. Their iPhone/iPod docking system comes in 8-, 10-, and 12-cylinder models, and features 420 watts of power behind either six or nine separate speakers.

Visit iXoost for full details.

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Sx-Z | iXoost Exhaust Manifold iPhone Docks

Sx-Z | iXoost Exhaust Manifold iPhone Docks

Sx-Z | iXoost Exhaust Manifold iPhone Docks

Sx-Z | iXoost Exhaust Manifold iPhone Docks

Sx-Z | iXoost Exhaust Manifold iPhone Docks

Sx-Z | iXoost Exhaust Manifold iPhone Docks

Sx-Z | The Motocross Jacket - Breed For Dirt & Speed

GEAR: The Motocross Jacket – Bred For Dirt & Speed

GQ asked Aaron Paul of Breaking Bad to show off a new season of the classic Motocross jacket.

Sx-Z | The Motocross Jacket - Bred For Dirt & Speed
Jacket, $725 by Belstaff at mrporter.com. Sweatshirt, $373 by Pierre Balmain. Scarf, $38 by Tommy Hilfiger. Jeans, $595 by Ralph Lauren Black Label Denim. Sneakers, $880 by Balmain Homme. Vintage belt by Melet Mercantile. Watch by Raymond Weil. Helmet by Fox Racing.

Sx-Z | The Motocross Jacket - Bred For Dirt & Speed
Jacket, $170 by Penfield. Vintage henley by Melet Mercantile. Pants, $4,990 by Maison Martin Margiela. Boots, $180 and gloves by Alpinestars. Watch by Raymond Weil.

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Jacket, $1,890 by Dsquared2. Sweatshirt, $149 by Nudie Jeans. Jeans, $880 by Balmain Homme. Vintage boots by Carolina. Belt by Gilded Age. Bandanna by Kaufman’s Army & Navy. Helmet by HJC Helmets.

Sx-Z | The Motocross Jacket - Bred For Dirt & Speed
Jacket, $2,100 by Missoni. Shirt, $290 by Thom Browne New York. Tie, $60 by Banana Republic. Jeans, $680 by Dior Homme. Belt by Fullum & Holt. Vintage necklace by Melet Mercantile. Watch by Hamilton.

Sx-Z | The Motocross Jacket - Bred For Dirt & Speed
Jacket, $3,570 by Balmain Homme at mrporter.com. Turtleneck, $298 by Tommy Hilfiger. Jeans, $1,500 by Balmain Homme. Vintage boots by Melet Mercantile. Sunglasses by Mosley Tribes. Gloves by Alpinestars.

Hublot F1 King Power Great Britain

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Hublot is at it again, this time honoring the home of Formula 1 and most of its teams by presenting the F1 King Power Great Britain.

The watch is a limited edition with 250 numbered pieces. The F1 King Power Great Britain isn’t your average piece. It’s executed in a range of high-tech materials directly inspired by Formula 1, such as the carbon fiber and ceramic bezel with a circular-grained satin finish, adorned with multiple holes evoking a high performance brake disc, push-buttons for starting and resetting, and a 30-minute to 3-hour counter. The strap is made from black alligator horn back stitched onto black rubber, with red stitching. Fusion of the materials, the case is made of 18K King Gold – the type of exclusive 18 carat gold alloy used by Hublot – which is even redder than the traditional 5N red gold.

Sx-Z | Hublot F1 King Power Great Britain

Sx-Z | Hublot F1 King Power Great Britain

Abella Anderson in ‘Olympic’ Jordan 7s by Van Styles

Sx-Z | Abella Anderson in ‘Olympic’ Jordan 7s by Van Styles

Vans Styles photographed Abella Anderson for Foot Soldiers Miami wearing the upcoming Jordan 7 Olympic color way re-release along with collaborative exclusive caps by Mitchell & Ness x Foot Soldiers.

Sx-Z | Abella Anderson in ‘Olympic’ Jordan 7s by Van Styles

Sx-Z | Abella Anderson in ‘Olympic’ Jordan 7s by Van Styles

Sx-Z | Abella Anderson in ‘Olympic’ Jordan 7s by Van Styles

Sx-Z | Abella Anderson in ‘Olympic’ Jordan 7s by Van Styles

Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skeleton Ferrari 250 GTO Limited Edition

Sx-Z | Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skeleton Ferrari 250 GTO Limited Edition

Hublot is celebrating 50 years of the legendary Ferrari 250 GTO with the historic gathering of 24 owners and their vehicles in one place for the first time. To commemorate the silver anniversary, Hublot designed a very special watch. What makes it so special? Only the fact that every aspect of this watch was designed and developed around the 250 GTO, and only those who own a 250 GTO can purchase it.

Sx-Z | Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skeleton Ferrari 250 GTO Limited Edition

Sx-Z | Hublot Classic Fusion Tourbillon Skeleton Ferrari 250 GTO Limited Edition

Lamborghini Unveils Android Tablet And Gold-plated Smart Phone

The Lamborghini smart phone is the TL700. It sports a 3.7-inch, 800×480-pixel screen faced with sapphire glass. It runs Android 2.3 and the back is detailed with crocodile skin, all for just £1,776.

Sx-Z | Lamborghini smart phone TL700

Sx-Z | Lamborghini smart phone TL700

Sx-Z | Lamborghini smart phone TL700

Sx-Z | Lamborghini smart phone TL700

Sx-Z | Lamborghini smart phone TL700

The tablet is the Lamborghini L2800 tablet, which sports a 9.7-inch high-definition screen, a 1.2GHz processor and 512MB RAM all for £1,480.

Sx-Z | Lamborghini L2800 tablet

Sx-Z | Lamborghini L2800 tablet

Sx-Z | Lamborghini L2800 tablet

Sx-Z | Lamborghini L2800 tablet

Sx-Z | Lamborghini L2800 tablet

Now that’s some fancy technology!

Lum-Tec V1 RED Limited Edition Watch

Pre-order the V1 RED Special edition with ETA 2824 full decorated and upgraded movement. Red accents on dial and strap. Limited to 150 pieces worldwide.

The V1 comes with 3 straps in Red stitched black leather, brown leather and molded rubber. 316L stainless steel with alternating brushed and high polished finishes. Fully decorated and upgraded ETA 2824-2 automatic movement with hacking and handwinding features. +/- 0-3 seconds/day accuracy. Features Sapphire crystal with double side anti-reflective coating, threaded sapphire display caseback (with same double side AR coating as front sapphire) and LUM-TEC MDV Technology®.

Order at Lum-Tec.com

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STANCE|WORKS INSIGNIA IPHONE COVER

STANCE|WORKS and The Lowly Gentlemen offer a new spin on stainless steel iPhone covers with skillfully etched backing plates. The cases come in two designs adorned with the STANCE|WORKS logos. The backing plates are chemically etched in the USA, and protect the glass backing on your iPhone 4 and 4S.

The covers come with an alcohol wipe and adhesive backing for easy installation.

To purchase the STANCE|WORKS Insignia iPhone cover visit: The Lowly Gentlemen

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Winner Sport – The Ultimate Lightweight Driver’s Shoe

The sleek aerodynamic driving shoes were co-designed by Aston Martin’s Director of Design Marek Reichman and John Lobb’s Creative Director Andrés Hernández. Its finely-tuned detailing, just like the Aston Martin line of automobiles, embodies the style, craftsmanship and quality for which both brands are known all over the world for.

Winner Sport shoes will make their first appearance at the opening of the new Aston Martin W-One Store in London’s Park Lane and again at John Lobb Jermyn Street this March. Selected John Lobb and Aston Martin stores worldwide will begin carrying the shoes as of May 2012.

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