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REC Watches RNR Arkonik: Automotive-Inspired Watchmaking At Its Finest


Land Rover is an iconic British marque that supplies the automotive industry with rugged and expedition-ready vehicles. Among its lineup of tough rides, the Defender has amassed a cult following for years now. The model’s immense popularity makes it a perfect platform for aftermarket customizations. As such, REC Watches pays tribute to a mechanical masterpiece with an exclusive timepiece – the RNR Arkonik.

Given the difficulty of finding a classic that’s in pristine condition, most people turn to restomods. For its latest project, the Copenhagen, Denmark-based watchmaker draws more than just inspiration from a 1984 Arkonik Land Rover Defender 110 UJO. Before we dive in let’s give you a brief overview of the SUV that led to this awesome collaboration.

How The UJO Came To Be


As REC Watches tells it, the story began when Arkonik founder Andy Hayes arrived home from the hospital in 2006. Coming from a two-month recovery period after a motorcycle accident, his wife surprised him with a “Stratos Blue” 1984 Land Rover Defender 110. It was supposedly something he could work on as a hobby.

The “UJO” moniker apparently came from the last three randomized letters of the Defender 110’s plate number – “B379 UJO.” After a comprehensive restoration, Hayes took the SUV on a tour across Europe. By the end of his travels, the experience sparked the creation of the Arkonik brand. Now, you can own a piece of the legendary machine that started it all with the RNR Arkonik.

A Sophisticated Homage To A Stunning Ride


Much like their previous outings, REC Watches allows us to own an actual part of the vehicle they choose to feature. For the RNR Arkonik, they are sourcing it directly from the abovementioned 1984 Land Rover Defender 110 UJO. The result is nothing short of amazing as the design and accents are carefully curated to best represent the essence of this British-built beauty.

Let’s start with the 40-mm square case with rounded corners crafted out of 316L stainless steel. We love how they went with three different finishes: sandblasted, polished, and vertical brushed. It different textures of the surfaces endow the RNR Arkonik with a nice contrast when the light hits it from different angles.

What follows is the durable Viton (FKM) rubber bezel in the shape of a tire. You can also find it on the crown. Beneath the sapphire crystal, is the soul of this limited-edition production, which is an aluminum dial cut from the 1984 Arkonik Land Rover Defender 110 UJO’s door. After the metal panel was stripped of its paint and primer, 302 dials were punched out to become bespoke elements on the RNR Arkonik.

No further treatment was necessary as REC Watches wanted to keep scuffs and dents that the SUV accumulated over the years. The hour and minutes are indicated by two skeleton hands. Meanwhile, a small seconds sub-dial sits at 9 o’clock as It shares the spot with the date window. The REC branding is just below 12 o’clock with the Arkonik badge at above 6 o’clock. You then have the minute track on the flange with an orange outer ring.

Referencing The UJO


Next up are the design references to the 1984 Arkonik Land Rover Defender 110 UJO. Look closer to spot the hour markers at 12, 3, and 6 o’clock in the shape of a fuel cap. A view from the right flank of the case band reveals crown protectors that resemble the front grille. Make your way to the caseback to spot engravings laser-etched engravings of the chassis décor. Finally, the rear cover channels the alloy wheels.

At the heart of the RNR Arkonik is a Swiss-made Sellita SW290-1 self-winding caliber. This 31-jewel mechanical movement beats at the frequency rate of 28,800 VPH (4.0 Hz) and touts a 38-hour power reserve. To finish off the theme, the watch receives a blue Viton (FKM) rubber strap. REC Watches plans to produce only 302 examples, so order yours before all units are spoken for.

About REC Watches


Founded in 2014 by Jonathan Kamstrup & Christian Mygh, the brand lives by the concept of “RECOVER, RECYCLE, RECLAIM.” Thus, they’ve shortened it into “REC” and appended it “Watches” to showcase their passion for both. Since they source materials directly from the vehicle or aircraft featured, each release is a treat for collectors. Furthermore, this means no two timepieces are ever the same. Aside from the RNR Arkonik, you can check out other cool offers from REC Watches.

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In Less Than 24 Hours, Acura Sells Out All 350 Units Of The 2022 NSX Type S

One of the showstoppers at the 2021 Monterey Car Week was Honda’s luxury division’s reveal of the 2022 NSX Type S. Acura plans to produce only 350 examples of this everyday supercar and 300 are heading stateside. The remaining 50 are for the Japanese market. Unfortunately, those who plan to get one are out of luck because all are already spoken for.

Reports reveal that in less than 24 hours the entire fleet of 2022 NSX Type S bound for the United States sold out. This was supposedly confirmed by an Acura insider who also noted that all allocated units have been reserved with deposits. Even before the big reveal, interest surrounding the platform was already at an all-time high.

Perhaps the key factor behind this rush is Acura’s recent announcement regarding the vehicle. This might be the last chance for anyone to own the one since the next model year is apparently the last. Pricing starts at $169,500 for the standard trim and goes up to $182,500 with the lightweight package of automotive upgrades.

Of course, when it comes to the vehicle identification number (VIN), some discerning collectors have their preferences. We heard the unit tagged 001 commanded an insane price. Aside from its exclusive production run, the 2022 NSX Type S is no slouch when it comes to performance.

Acura endows the coupe with a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V6 hybrid engine that produces 600 horsepower with 492 lb-ft of torque. Completing the powertrain is a nine-speed dual-clutch transmission. It can complete 0-60 mph dash in less than three seconds with a top speed of 191 mph. We think the 2022 NSX Type S is a thrilling ride preview of when Acura finally goes all-electric in the future.

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Gunther Werks Is Building Only 25 Examples Of Its Bespoke 993 Speedster Remastered

When a carmaker’s bespoke offerings just can’t meet your expectation, aftermarket establishments will gladly take up the challenge. If you live and breathe all things Porsche, Gunther Werks might have something special for fans. Breathing new life into a classic sports car, the 993 Speedster Remastered will be hitting the streets soon.

Production of this exclusive restomod will begin in 2022 with only 25 examples planned. Each unit is a bespoke creation with some wiggle room for personalization based on the client’s desires. Before anything else, let’s talk about the engine. Gunther Werks is closely working with Rothsport to revamp the power plant.

The 4.0-liter flat-six now flaunts a billet crank, billet barrels, and Mahle pistons. It redlines at 7,800 rpm thanks to the Motec ECU, engine management, and tuning. It is then mated to a Getrag G50 6-speed transmission with custom gear ratios. This bestows the 993 Speedster Remastered with a 435-horsepower output and 335 lb-ft of torque.

The shop adds a pair of custom headlights that use modern LED technology. The component is built out of T-6061 aluminum and carbon fiber. This allows Gunther Werks to fit bigger Bi-LED projectors alongside the active daytime running lights. Additionally, Instead of acrylic, it uses aerospace-grade glass for the housing which is notably more premium.

With the roof out of the picture, the 993 Speedster Remastered showcases a new outline just behind the seats. To compensate for its removal, the chassis receives reinforcement tweaks to bolster its torsional rigidity.

Also, Gunther Werks gives it a new carbon fiber tonneau cover to shield the classy interior from the elements. Speaking of the cockpit flaunts a lavish selection of leather and Alcantara upholstery. The level of luxury on the 993 Speedster Remastered is remarkable.

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Bugatti Is Working With Gillette For the Chiron Pur Sport Heated Safety Razor

Aside from building some of the most powerful high-performance vehicles, Bugatti occasionally partners with other companies for cool collaborations. In its latest run, the French luxury automaker is working with a safety razor and shaving supply provider Gillette for the Chiron Pur Sport. Contrary to what you might think, this tie-in involves a grooming tool instead of a ride.

After hearing about it, we were thinking it was a limited-edition trim of the hypercar. Perhaps with a Gillette sponsorship for motorsport. Instead, we’re getting a snazzy and sleek heated safety razor with design elements lifted from its namesake. Quality-wise it should live up to the Macaron badge.

Hey, most of you could call the Chiron Pur Sport a gaudy marketing gimmick, but a lot of automotive enthusiasts will snap these up while supplies last. We’ve been featuring some of Bugatti’s ventures with the likes of Buben & Zorweg, TIDAL, IXO, and Jacob & Co.

Aside from these high-profile projects, the recent one from GilletteLabs is certainly a big surprise. The Chiron Pur Sport is a premium safety razor that embodies the very best of both brands. The handle is even crafted out of aluminum-zinc which you can find on Bugatti’s automobiles.

Moreover, the timing of its announcement is impeccable as temperatures begin to get colder as the autumn season draws closer. Groom like a pro as Gillette invokes that wonderful feeling of a barbershop shave with each use.

The heat opens up your pores much like a hot towel does as each blade gently cuts your facial hair down as close to bare skin. The Chiron Pur Sport features Bugatti’s signature Agile Blue colorway. The bundle includes a wireless charging dock, two replacement blades, and a co-branded cleaning cloth.

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Lucid Motors Shares More Details About The Luxurious Air Dream Edition EV And Its Trims

With competitors popping up left and right, we might be seeing more startups taking on Tesla. Right now, Elon Musk’s EV brand has several projects in development. Meanwhile, rival Lucid Motors is another exciting carmaker eager to grab a slice of the growing sustainable transportation market. To do so, they’ll need something incredible — the Air Dream Edition.

Consumers love to have options, which is why Lucid Motors offers two trims for this luxurious EV. That’s right, this platform is all about giving owners elegant design and a lavish interior. Before we go into that, let’s talk about what sets each variant apart – range and performance. Not to worry though, because both look equally breathtaking.

If you prefer the best mileage, the Air Dream Edition R is where it’s at. This configuration delivers 500 miles on a single charge and maxes out at 933 horsepower. On the other hand, to experience the thrill Lucid promises, the Air Edition P will blow you away. At 1,111 horsepower with a 450-mile range, this is for people who want to show off their EV.

The two share a dual-motor all-wheel-drive setup which pushes it up to 168 mph. Buyers can get the Air Dream Edition in exclusive exterior colors: Infinite Black, Zenith Red, Stellar White, and Eureka Gold. Accents in bright platinum then provide a welcome contrast. Check out our carport guide to protect your new ride from the elements.

As for the interior, Lucid calls the theme Santa Monica as a tribute to the famous beach. We have Nappa full-grain leather in shades of Ceramic and Graphite Gray. Other stylish additions include Alcantara inserts, silvered Eucalyptus wood, and bright platinum metal hardware. Enjoy the view from within the Air Dream Edition via the seamless glass canopy.  

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Fering Technologies Is Building The Sustainable Pioneer SUV With A Whopping 3,780-Mile Range

Aside from domestic and international travel, the pandemic continues to affect supply chains across the globe. Chips shortages are affecting not only the tech industry but carmakers as well. While we’re waiting for the Cybertruck and the HUMMER EV, the competition is heating up with the likes of Fering Technologies joining the ranks of beefy all-electric platforms with the Pioneer.

First off, you should know that this SUV uses electric motors for each axle. This gives it a combined torque of 443 lb-ft. What caught us by surprise was the disappointing 50-mile range on a full charge. This puts it way below what the machines it hopes to go against with can deliver.

It turns out Fering has another sustainable system in mind to push the Pioneer mileage up to 3,780 miles. This is a bold claim considering the top range boasted by a manufacturer, so far, barely goes beyond 600 miles. What makes this possible is the 70-kW multifuel generator which operates on bio-diesel.

According to the company, this allows the Pioneer to explore even the “deserts of Africa one week and the snow drifts of the Arctic circle the next.” Other notable capabilities include fording depths of up to 4.6 feet, 1.64-foot step climb, 50-degree traverse angle, and 60% gradient climb.

A dynamic suspension system allows the SUV to adjust the ride height on the fly. Haul cargo up to 3,306 lbs which is great for various applications. It boasts an aluminum/composite spaceframe chassis with body panels crafted out of tough fabric. Finally, The Fering Pioneer can reach a top speed of 78 mph.

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Samir Sadikhov Combines Two Iconic Mercedes-Benz Models Into the G-Van Concept

Sometimes, is fun to imagine what a combination of two popular car models would look like. If your thought process is somewhat like Samir Sadikhov, then this Mercedes-Benz G-Van proposal should look like the real thing. The German automaker might never make something like it, but a man can dream, right?

As the name suggests, this idea sees the Sprinter reimagined with the boxy outline of the beloved G-Class platform. With the help of some image editing wizardry, we have a profile that closely resembles Mercedes-Benz’s heavy-duty Unimog, albeit with some modifications.

The Germany-based industrial designer boasts a stellar portfolio of sleek concept cars. Moreover, his experience working with Lamborghini, Ford, and Rezvani is clearly a huge help here. The G-Van concept appears to be fully equipped for any adventure. Roof racks let you take your favorite toys along for the trip.

This vehicle boasts the best of both worlds. There’s a generous interior to accommodate you and the whole gang. Plus, the off-road-ready configuration implies it’s perfect for overlanding enthusiasts as well. If this ever heads into production, we just wish somebody turns it into an RV.

Low-light visibility won’t be an issue thanks to the roof-mounted array of LEDs. To navigate over obstacles, there’s a bespoke suspension system to lift the chassis up. Meanwhile, the huge wheel wells make way for the beefy BFGoodrich all-terrain tires. Owners can likewise add aftermarket upgrades as needed.

The Mercedes-Benz G-Van might not be an actual production model, but we believe it deserves a reliable and powerful engine. Sadikhov did not mention anything related to the powertrain. Anyway, what really makes it appealing is the silhouette of a rough-and-tumble and go-anywhere machine.

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Yeti Cycles Just Build This Rugged Race-Ready E-MTB Called The 160E

If you’re the type of person who loves to push yourself to the limit during an activity, then you’ll need gear that can keep up. Just like apparel designed for professional use, quality and performance matter. Cyclists eager to try something new might find the 160E from Yeti cycles to their liking. What your looking at here is a rugged e-MTB with cutting-edge features.   

The manufacture notes they’ve engineered this ride from the ground up. A common practice among established cycling brands is to take existing frames, slap an electric motor, and wire it up to some batteries. Not Yeti Cycles! What they have here is a two-wheeler like no other.

Their product page says the 160E is the “world’s first race specific e-MTB” and we think it lives up to the claim. What sets it apart from the rest is the innovative Sixfinity suspension system. According to Yeti Cycles, this setup increases pedaling efficiency and likewise improves traction on most surfaces.

Furthermore, users can also change the leverage positions with no negative impact on the geometry, anti-rise, and anti-squat properties of Sixfinity. For a clean silhouette, all cables are routed internally – no zip ties, no rattle. At its heart is a capable Shimano EP8 motor drawing power from a 630-Wh battery pack.

To tweak Just pair it to your smartphone via Bluetooth and access the settings through the Shimano E-tube app. Yeti Cycles offers two trims for the 160E: T1 and C1. Both share most components such as the tires, bar, grips, seats and more. Order yours now and inject more fun into your next ride.

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Before Production Ends, Nissan Gives Us The GT-R T-Spec Limited Edition

Deep into 2021, and carmakers continue to announce exciting plans for the coming years. Lately, people have been on the lookout for what’s new in the electric vehicle segment. Most manufacturers are gradually sharing more about their roadmap for a greener future, but we’re also paying attention to other major developments. Much like this GT-R T-Spec from Nissan.

We hear that the legendary Japanese marque plans to stop production of the “Godzilla” soon. Sources that won’t happen until 2023, but it’s still somewhat sad to see go away after close to 15 years. So, those of you who plan to grab one before it’s gone for good might want to consider the limited-edition trim.

What immediately denotes its exclusivity are the two exterior color schemes: Midnight Purple and Millennium Jade. The former saw action on the R33 Skyline GT-R followed by two more renditions aptly dubbed Midnight Purple II and III. Millennium Jade, on the other hand, was on the V Spec II Nür R34.

Nissan knows they have to do more than just offer the GT-R T-Spec in unique chromatic combos. Hence, the high-performance coupe now flaunts a wider front fender and a carbon fiber rear spoiler. Moreover, it’s now wearing a set of 20-inch forged alloy wheels in gold from RAYS.

Meanwhile, Brembo carbon-ceramic brake systems with VDC tuning provides reliable stopping power for this beast. Inside the cockpit is a bespoke Mori Green theme which looks good on both the Midnight Purple and Millennium Jade version.

Next, we have Alcantara trims on the sun visors and headliners with diamond pattern stitching. Nissan wants to be doubly sure everybody knows your ride is the GT-R T-Spec. Therefore, they’re slapping T-Spec badging on the doorsill kick pates, center console, and at the rear just beside right tail lights.

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Wally Takes A Huge Step Forward With The Luxe 78.7-foot WHY200 Yacht

So far, most of the vessels we featured built by Wally are on the smaller side.It’s not exactly an issue when all you need are yacht tenders for the occasional getaway.This time around, they’re going big! Welcome their first full wide-body yacht – the WHY200. Measuring 78.7 feet long, it’s ready to sail the high seas for your pleasure.

When you love hosting parties or taking family and friends out for an excursion over open water, size matters. The blueprint for this extraordinary ship is provided by Laurent Giles Naval Architects Limited. Their vision showcases a three-deck configuration that is optimized for generous spaces.

This allows the WHY200 to match the area found on larger watercraft. Wally notes that there’s approximately 1,550 sq-ft for the exterior and an impressive 2,153 sq-ft inside. The yacht is already stunning from the outside, but the elegant interior is also curated by Vallicelli Design Studio.

If that’s not enough, how about panoramic views afforded by wrap-around glass panels of the main deck. The owner’s suite at the bow of the WHY200 gets the best seats in the house. Enjoy the breathtaking backdrops as you relax in the comfort of your spacious room.

Head on over to the beach club at the aft section of the lower deck to access the beach club. Take a dip in the sea or take out your personal watercraft to pump up the fun. The fold-out wings can accommodate more people or becoming diving platforms.

The four cabins of the WHY200 can accommodate up to 8 guests, while a crew of 5 is enough to man the vessel. Propulsion comes from four Volvo Penta D-13 IPS 1350 engines at 1,000 horsepower each. The range is 390 nautical miles with a top cruising speed of 21 knots.

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Bring A Trailer Just Sold This Classy 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR For $262,589

Classic pony cars are never going out of style. Manufacturer regularly update their lineup with modern versions of these, but the timeless appeal of old-school rides remains. Unless you own one in great condition, most people turn to restomods. When there’s no time for weekend projects like it, Bring A Trailer has a 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR with your name on it.

Ford’s iconic muscle car has been the favorite platform for the legendary American high-performance vehicle outfit. The one in the auction house’s possession appears to be in remarkable condition and comes in a stealthy Raven Black coat with white side stripes.

So far, true mileage is unknown but, the instruments read 30,000 miles. Let us give you a short background story about this beautiful machine. Bring A Trailer notes that it is one of 1,053 examples that were dubbed “King of the Road” fastbacks built from May to July in 1968.

Originally sold by Healy Motors LTD in Edmonton – in Alberta, Canada, the vehicle then went through a refurbishment in 2014. The current owner finally got it in 2020. Beneath the bonnet is a Ford 428 Cobra Jet V8 engine mated to a three-speed automatic transmission. It sports a set of 15″ alloy wheels wrapped in BFGoodrich rubber.

We’re also looking at a 3.50:1 Traction-Lok differential. This 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR now boasts power steering and air conditioning to go along with the black vinyl upholstery of the interior. Other add-ons include the fiberglass hood with ram air scoops and grille-mounted fog lights.

Despite its pristine visage, Bring A Trailer points out some negligible imperfections on the finish. Still, This 1968 Shelby Mustang GT500KR could use more upgrades. Check out our buyer’s guide for the best car dash cams to hook up to your vehicle’s head unit.

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Floating Motors Will Build You A Bespoke Automotive-Inspired Watercraft

Don’t you ever experience those days when driving around in your car just feels so fun? The destination doesn’t matter anymore and it’s almost Zen-like in a way that it feels like man and machine are one. Wouldn’t it be cool if all automobiles are amphibious? That seems a little far-fetched for now, but Floating Motors doesn’t think so.

While everyone else dreams about flight, we’re just thrilled to see vehicles travel over water. Maybe it’s all the sci-fi and spy movies talking here, but Floating Motors says otherwise. The company is catering to a niche that does not have any competition right now.  

With a growing lineup of automotive-inspired watercraft, they are onto something unique and exciting. Moreover, the manufacturer is willing to build clients a bespoke machine for the right price. Just let them know what make and model you love, and their designers and engineers will handle the rest.

For starters, buyers can choose between a catamaran or hydrofoil configuration. Furthermore, Floating Motors says it can customize the hulls for specific needs. In fact, they can even equip your ride with a suspension system. We’re not sure how this affects handling, but it’s cool nonetheless.

Hence, these can serve as a leisure craft, a water shuttle, a private water taxi, and more. So far, their lineup of production-ready models all resembles iconic old-school cars. For sustainability, Floating Motors offers full-electric propulsion platforms.

So far, there are five options currently available, with the rest to follow in the future. We spot homages to Mini, Aston Martin, Volkswagen, and others ready to order. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with Floating Motors and enjoy driving over open water.

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BMW Teases A New E-Bike Concept Called The I Vision AMBY

We have been featuring e-bikes for quite some time now and admit that most look pretty average. There are those that push for a fully futuristic look and the rest which attempt a more classic outline. Not many can pull off a middle ground design except maybe for BMW with its i Vision AMBY Concept.

Debuting alongside the fully motorized Motorrad Vision AMBY at the IAA Mobility 2021 expo, it’s a tempting platform for urban transport. No doubt, eco-minded folks will snap it up in a heartbeat if it ever hits the market. This angular pedal electric bicycle packs smart features to keep the rider safe.

Unlike the Motorrad Vision AMBY, which is fully electric, the i Vision AMBY will require some legwork. This is perfect for cyclists who still want to get their workout and occasionally let the batteries take over. According to BMW, the 2,000 Wh battery pack is good for up to 186 miles.

This sporty e-bike features a lightweight and durable aluminum frame with a suspension system for a smooth ride. The 27.5-inch wheels are armed with brake systems that use rapeseed oil for the fluid. Meanwhile, owners can mount their smartphone and use it as a digital key and sync with the BMW companion app.

Moreover, the handset is also essential to load license information and location. This also allows the e-bike to use its geofencing technology. The e-bike will electronically limit the top speed depending on your license and the speed limits imposed on certain areas.

The three speed ratings are 15.5 mph on cycle tracks, up to 28 mph on urban roads, and up to 37 mph when you’re on multi-lane roads. The BMW i Vision AMBY uses strips of LEDs mounted on the handlebars and seat post for improved visibility at night.

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Sylvansport And Zeus Electric Chassis Join Forces To Build This Exciting Electric RV

The electric vehicle is seeing almost every type of automobile get the zero-emission treatment. The most popular right now are sedans, SUVs, pickup trucks, and supercars. Campers and RVs are gradually going green as well and we’re always on the lookout for what’s new. Our latest find is the adventure-ready concept from Sylvansport.

What drew us to this electric RV are the renders. The images show us a lot going on here, but the two-tone black/green colorway does grab your attention. In fact, at first glance, we were thinking this was a collaboration with gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer.

Even if it isn’t, the technical details promise an exciting experience for owners. The Sylvansport electric RV is a heavy-duty platform built for people who love to be on the road. It measures 25’ x 12.25’ x 10’ (L x W x H) which is enough to house all the creature comforts you might need.

This is not a solo venture either with Zeus Electric Chassis also on board to build this beast. This all-wheel-drive motorhome boasts military-grade axles and an independent coil spring suspension system. Liquid-cooled permanent magnet AC motors generate 290 horsepower with a whopping 3,000 lb-ft of torque.

Sylvansport also assures owners that this TV is no slouch when it comes to range. Mileage is crucial since RVs are intended to be always on the move. A full charge is enough to travel up to 400 miles before the batteries need to juice up. Perhaps, the addition of solar panels on the roof will help. A production-ready unit is slated to arrive in 2022.

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THE SOKUDO: Ash Thorp Envisions What A Future Tesla Motorcycle Would Look Like

The competitive EV market sees many manufacturers strive to outdo each other at every opportunity. Most never make an impact, while others have taken a slice out of Tesla’s massive share. Right now, the company has two major platforms in development – the Cybertruck and the Semi. Meanwhile, a concept called THE SOKUDO, shows us what could be in the works.

In truth, the all-electric motorcycle segment also reports a steady growth. Even some of the world’s leading brands are now considering emission-free versions of their most popular models. To date, Elon Musk has yet to share any hints of interest regarding the subject of two-wheelers.

Thus, it’s up to design groups like Ash Thorp to give us a preview of what one would look like. Taking cues from the angular outline of the Cybertruck and the Cyberquad, THE SOKUDO sports a sharp silhouette. If Tesla does eventually dabble in electric motorbikes, this might as well be the source of inspiration.

THE SOKUDO is one of many digital renders created by the San Diego-based concept artist and Carlos “colorsponge” Pecino. It is part of their M.H.C. Collection. At this point, technical specifications are unavailable, but the frame should house a high-capacity battery and a powerful electric motor.

From what we can gather from the images, the matte black polygonal fairings of THE SOKUDO could be a mix of carbon fiber and aluminum. A custom swingarm and inverted fork sit on carbon fiber wheels with massive brake discs that peek out. However, the absence of a traditional seat might make the ride a bit uncomfortable for long trips.

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Mercedes-Benz Unveils Its Future Fleet Of All-Electric Models At IAA Mobility 2021

When Mercedes-Benz – like most leading carmakers – announced their plans for a greener future, we were eager to see what they had in development. Among the upcoming platforms that were in development, only the EQS was getting a lot of publicity. Now, we are finally getting a glimpse at its future lineup and it’s a thrilling one.

Although many of its contemporaries are already regularly releasing emission-free rides, Mercedes-Benz is approaching electrification carefully. Instead of just swapping out the traditional powertrain with an electric configuration, the German luxury marque is considering the features shipping alongside their EVs.

With every other automotive manufacturer subjecting their popular models to electrification, Mercedes-Benz is apparently doing the same. After all, there’s no reason to alienate longtime clients who typically prefer something familiar. So electric conversion appears to be the only feasible solution.

We got a preview of its all-electric fleet at the 2021 IAA Mobility expo. Among the machines that were unveiled, the Concept ECG made a huge splash. It manages to capture the beloved boxy outline of the G-Class 4×4 with lots of LED lighting to denote its zero-emission stand.

If it’s a sleek SUV on your mind, the Mercedes-Benz EQB should take care of that. After debuting the EQS several months ago, its high-performance subsidiary is joining the fun for the EQS 53 4MATIC+. Moreover, for a slightly more forgiving price point, there’s the EQE350 which boasts the best range among the sustainable sedans.

Finally, Mercedes-Benz caters to its most discerning buyers who demand something truly elegant. The Concept EQS Mercedes-Maybach is pure luxury from all aspects. The designers are carefully keeping the signature look of the brand. Of course, the interior shows us just how lavish an EV can go.

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Afla Romeo Fan Will Love The GT Veloce Restomod From Emilia Auto

Alfa Romeo may be no longer on the same level as it was years before, but it remains a beloved marque among its fans. Those who ever owned one or still do will sing praises about its handling, performance, and design. Although the future of the brand is still in question, interested buyers should check out the GT Veloce.

This is not a new model but rather a remarkable restomod from Emilia Auto. Seeing as there are still people preferring classic silhouettes, they’re marketing a souped-up icon. The German establishment understands the appeal and thus approaches this build carefully.

Although it retains the old-school beauty, the GT Veloce tells a different story when it comes to what’s under the hood. The shop is taking out the original engine and replacing it with something more formidable. We’re certain it will meet or even exceed the expectations of discerning

For this project, they’re sourcing a 2.9-liter twin-turbo V6 from an Alfa Romeo Giulia Quradrifoglio. Dropping this in is thereby endowing the vehicle with about 500 horsepower and 443 lb-ft of torque. Delivering this to all four wheels is an 8-speed automatic gearbox.

We can just imagine the surprise it brings to anyone foolish enough to look down on the compact ride. With the upgraded capability, it’s only natural for Emilia Auto to ensure everything holds up. Thus, The GT Veloce receives a new suspension system, a limited-slip differential, and Brembo brakes for good measure.

There’s also 19-inch custom wheels, vintage Recaro seats, a new steering wheel, and a sleek bodykit. The GT Veloce flaunts a sophisticated coat of crimson and Emilia Auto is only offering 22 of these magnificent machines at $470,000.

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Driza-Bone x Mack Trucks Super-Liner: A Custom Big Rig Heading To Mount Isa’s Annual Rodeo

We’re no strangers to odd collaborations every now and then, but more eager to talk about some unique ones. One just happened to drop and it’s the Driza-Bone x Mack Trucks Super-Liner. Here we have an iconic Australian clothing brand, while the other is an American truck manufacturer. Despite their different markets, both are ready to promote their respective wares.

They’re doing this via one heck of a road trip starting from Brisbane all the way to Mt Isa to join the rodeo. This creative project is the brainchild of Driza-Bone creative director Justin O’Shea. This massive undertaking demands an equally-sized platform, which comes in the form of a customized Mack Truck Super-Liner.

In an interview, he claims the inspiration came from his childhood. Growing up in a mining community, trucks are a regular fixture. Those who have seen a Mack Truck Super-Liner up close have an idea of how gargantuan these can be. This 18-wheeler receives a blackout makeover that adds to its imposing outline.

Now, this is how you make an impact! With its towering size, you bet people will notice this hulking beast as it drives by. There are several towns along the way and the publicity it generates will be one-of-a-kind. Driza-Bone is recognized for its tough apparel which somehow matches the beefy ruggedness of Mack Trucks.

This 85-foot big rig is going for a stealthy style with its matte black palette. Instead of shiny chrome accents, the behemoth features hints of yellow which surprisingly gives the dark canvas of its body a nice pop of contrast. The Driza-Bone x Mack Trucks Super-Liner is a must-see for those at the rodeo.

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images courtesy of Driza-Bone/Mack Trucks

Doosan Infracore Envisions A Fully Automated Future For Construction With Its Concept-X Proposal

At one point in our lives, we guys develop this obsession with heavy machinery. There’s just something so cool about seeing these behemoths going around and tackling challenging tasks. Given the sizes of these things, workers should always be careful around them. Therefore, Doosan Infracore proposes a cutting-edge solution they call the CONCEPT-X.

The South Korean company’s futuristic project is the recipient of the 2021 iF World Design Gold award. This recognition means that the equipment manufacturer is one to something remarkable here. What its proposal hopes to do to minimize the likelihood of workplace injuries.

This is where CONCEPT-X steps in to automate everything. Statistics show that even with safety measures in place and even in proper gear, injuries can still happen. As such, Doosan Infracore proposes an ambitious system that employs drones that fly over construction sites.

These then create 3D maps of the area and relay the data to the control center aptly dubbed the X-CENTER. The CONCEPT-X fleet features an excavator, ADT (adjective dump truck), and awheel loader. All of these are remotely monitored in real-time by drones and controlled by a proprietary program.

According to the Doosan Infracore, since there are no human operators, the machines can work continuously. This allows construction projects to be finished earlier than conventional methods. Also, a failure prediction algorithm should reduce maintenance costs.

From a design perspective, renders of the heavy equipment show sleek aesthetics. The CONCEPT-X fleet looks like something the guys over at Tesla might cook up. Perhaps this is what the construction industry envisions. A future wherein artificial intelligence and robotics are handling high-risk operations with minimal human intervention.

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Images courtesy of Doosan Infracore

Two former Pininfarina designers present their first project called the Biancaneve

Have you ever heard the saying “there is beauty in simplicity” and thought about how it applies to design? Well, that’s what we call minimalism and it applies to almost anything you can think of. Over the years, people have embraced the concept of “less is more” which gives us jaw-dropping mechanical masterpieces like the Biancaneve.

This sleek and sexy build is the product of two Italian automotive designers: Gianluca Bartolini and Francesco Iannuzzi. They were both previously lending their talents to the legendary Pininfarina, but are now the heads of their own design house dubbed Dotto Creations. For their first project, we have this stunning custom 1997 Honda CX500.

They’re calling it the Biancaneve which means “Snow White” in English. We’re seeing a generous helping of black tones here to give the white bodywork some contrast. Another interesting aspect of this motorcycle is how it looks like a sculpture instead of a form of transportation.

According to the team, the approach was to craft something that would pass for a work of art. This theme should be applicable when the Biancaneve is both at a standstill or in motion. Thus, they give it a bespoke mechanism that opens to reveal an exquisite Alcantara and leather seat.

This gives the Biancaneve an aggressive stance when in use and retain a dynamic outline even when it’s not. After taking apart the donor bike, Dotto Creations was only keeping necessary components and discarding the rest. It seems like an odd process, but the resulting ride speaks otherwise. We hope to see them flex talents in more future builds.

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Images courtesy of Dotto Creations