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Hamyak ATV

Give a man some tools, parts, and a healthy dose of imagination, and you get something like the Hamyak ATV. Built by Russian engineer Eduard Luzyanin, the Hamyak (Russian for hamster) is a mono-track motorcycle…

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Bentley is aiming for another record with the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak Race Car

Aside from looking classy from all angles, most luxury automobiles are actually powerhouses behind that elegant visage. You don’t even need to strip off any of the fancy exterior to unleash what the manufacturer has endowed it with. Still, we’re making a small exception here for the Bentley Continental GT3 Pikes Peak.

For 2021, the British marque is hoping to establish another milestone. From what you can already glean from the name, it will be attempting another record at Pikes Peak in Colorado. This is one of the world’s most challenging and dangerous courses.

Therefore, Bentley is not taking any chances. It’s kitting out the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak race car specifically to dominate the event. Above all, the renowned luxe carmaker wants the public to know that its entry will be using renewable fuel for its record run.

Behind the wheel on race day will be Rhys Millen. He’s the man who has all the skills, experience, and courage to handle this beast of a machine. Pikes Peak presents a battle against time as drivers navigate an uphill course that boasts approximately 156 turns.

“We are delighted to be returning to Pikes Peak for the third time – now powered by renewable fuel, as the launch project for another new element of our Beyond100 programme,” according to Bentley’s Member of the Board for Engineering, Dr. Matthias Rabe.

Bentley did not provide any specifics about changes to the 4.0-liter V8 engine. However, but we can see that aerodynamics is on a whole new level. We will see the Continental GT3 Pikes Peak in action a few months from now.

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2021 Triumph Scrambler Steve McQueen Edition

If we’re being completely honest, you could slap the “King of Cool” name on damn near anything and most of us would be interested in owning it because even more than four decades after his…

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Earth 300 Explorer Vessel

When does a research vessel look like the world’s edgiest luxury yacht? When it’s designed by Iddes Yachts‘ naval architect Iván Salas Jefferson. The 984-foot Earth 300 vessel has a sleek, textured hull, 22 laboratories,…

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Ironwood Custom x WYLD Garage Co. 1988 BMW R100

This heavily modded 1988 BMW R100 looks nothing like the original, and it carves its own style path that’s beautifully retro-futuristic. Designed by Netherlands-based Ironwood Custom Motorcycles and built by USA-based WYLD Garage Co., this…

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Die-Cast Club teases a highly-detailed 1:8 scale Eleanor 1967 Ford Mustang

Movies have fueled our desire for vehicles that sadly exist as one-offs or props. While these special rides can be crafted with a little help from aftermarket customization establishments, the price for such an endeavor makes it impossible for the average joe to attain. Gone In 60 Seconds introduced the world to the jaw-dropping beauty of the Eleanor. Now, you can own one, albeit in a smaller scale thanks to Die-Cast Club.

Unless you love tinkering around with garage kits or making one from scratch (like some talented folks do), a replica that’s easy to assemble will do nicely. The Eleanor from Die-Cast Club is exactly that and it’s a big one.

This is the latest addition to their growing catalog of automotive scale models. What’s crazy about it are the elements that would please fans. The Eleanor 1967 Ford Mustang is a 1:8 scale build-up of the iconic pony car from the film.

This kit is a collaboration between Die-Cast Club and Denice Shakarian Halicki – the wife of the director of the 1974 Gone in 60 Seconds, H.B. Halicki. It uses materials such GPPS, rubber, ABS plastic, and die-cast metal. You can open the doors, hood, and trunk. Also, the front and rear lights can be turned on or off via the dashboard.

The cockpit boasts meticulous details on every surface. Turn the steering wheel to move the front wheels, press the center to sound the horn. There are a whole lot more to interact with, but this Eleanor deserves to be a showpiece among your collection

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The Most Common Causes Behind Car Accidents and How to Avoid Them

Every year, over one million people die in car accidents all across the globe. Women, men, and children are all susceptible to the dangers of road traffic. What’s even worse is that the number of non-fatal injuries can even exceed the 50 million mark every year.

For the lucky ones, a non-fatal injury means a broken bone or dislocated shoulder, but for those less fortunate, a non-fatal injury could mean a long-term or permanent disability. We rarely stop to consider how dangerous driving under the wrong conditions can be. Here are the most common causes behind car accidents and how we can avoid them.

Texting

Distracted driving is one of the principal reasons behind auto accidents. Picking up your smartphone to read or send a text can divert your attention from the road and cause an accident in a matter of seconds.

If you really need to use your phone, simply pull over to the side of the road. If not invest in a hands-free device to answer calls.

Drunk Driving

Driving under the influence is a serious crime that should not be taken lightly. Even one drink can be considered one too many. The best way to avoid drunk driving is to designate a sober driver, get a taxi home, or simply refuse a drink.

When you are behind the wheel, you have a responsibility to keep yourself, your passengers, and others on the road safe. Should you be involved in an accident due to drunk driving then you should look to find an expert car accident lawyer to help with any legal proceedings.

Fatigue

Another common cause behind auto accidents is fatigue. This is especially common amongst individuals who are driving long distances. To be a safe driver you need to be alert at all times.

To avoid feeling fatigued make sure you take 15-minute breaks every two hours and do not drive for more than eight hours over the course of one day.

Harsh Weather Conditions

Approximately 22% of all auto accidents in the United States are weather-related. When driving in torrential rain, heavy snow, thick fog, or on icy roads, make sure to adjust your speed and following distance when in these types of situations.

To avoid these kinds of accidents, make sure you check the weather before planning a long trip. Don’t drive in these conditions if you can avoid it. If not, make sure you have all of the necessary equipment, like snow chains or fog beams.

Speeding

Speeding is a major factor in determining the fatality rate of accidents. Not only this but driving at a slower pace can help you prevent accidents altogether as it gives you more time to react.

Overall, make sure to practice what you preach. You can’t expect everyone else to take your advice and morals on board if you yourself are a reckless driver. Not only can you gravely injure yourself, but you can also do a great deal of harm to those around you, so remember to drive safely.

Segway Apex H2 Hydrogen-Powered Motorcycle Concept

Ever since Ninebot acquired Segay a handful of years ago, the brand originally known for those peculiar self-balancing personal transportation devices of the same name has expanded into everything from scooters and self-balancing strollers to…

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Carlos Pecino Reimagined International Scout ‘Vanguard’ Truck

The International Scout is one of our favorite Vintage SUVs of all time. Designer / 3D artist Carlos Pecino–the man responsible for the Ferrari 308 GTS ‘The Brawler’–is one of our horsepower tastemakers. It should…

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Bid for Jerry Seinfeld’s aftermarket customized 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS now

Regularly checking to see what’s on the auction block can occasionally show you very exclusive finds. Its true. You’ve probably read stories of folks stumbling upon stuff that would have been almost impossible to acquire under normal circumstances. What’s up for bidding right now is a 2016 Porsche 911 GT3 RS. The kicker here is that the original owner is no other than Jerry Seinfeld.

We know fans of the comedian would love to collect any memorabilia linked to him. Those who also fancy automobiles are looking at the best deal there is right now. People who know a bit about his personal life are aware of his thing for Porsches. This custom 2016 911 GT3 RS is just one of the many Jerry has in his collection.

Interested parties who want to grab this opportunity of a lifetime can do so at the Bonhams Supercars on Sunset event. The host was more than happy to share details about the level of personalization on this machine. To start off, the sports car touts a striking Liquid Chrome Blue Metallic coat for the exterior.

There are aftermarket upgrades like its sport chrono package,) LED lighting, navigation system, and so much more. Other notable changes to improve its performance include an extended range fuel tank (23 gallons), an axle lift package, and a carbon-ceramic brake system.

Whoever ends up with this Porsche will enjoy the 520 horsepower and 0-60 mph in under 2.5 seconds capability it gets from the 4.0-liter flat-six. Bonhams would like to point out that Jerry opted to take out the rear wing that ships with the 2016 911 GT3 RS. Not to worry, because the auction house confirms that the missing part is available if the buyer wants it on the coupe.

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The Hummer EV SUV Has Finally Been Revealed

Now that GMC has officially taken the wraps off the 2022 Hummer EV pickup, they’ve finally released all the details on the previously teased GMC Hummer EV SUV. Well actually, they revealed two different versions.…

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1964 Chevelle Wagon 5.1 Liter LS1 Restomod

There are few vintage cars that can hold up to the style, panache and performance of 60s / 70s Chevelles. While that could also be said about other Chevys, Fords, Dodges and even Mercury options,…

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Lexus gears up for an emission-free future as it previews the LF-Z Electrified Concept

Toyota’s luxury sub-brand – Lexus – recently took the covers off its latest emission-free concept – the LF-Z Electrified. As such, similar to most established automotive companies, the Japanese carmaker is diversifying its lineup. According to its press release, the technology is a preview of what is coming to all of its future vehicles. In fact, there are several models of varying configurations that are currently under development.

A growing awareness of how traditional combustion engines are detrimental to our environment and health push consumers to consider eco-friendlier alternatives. Therefore, Toyota — through Lexus — intends to address this soon with the LF-Z Electrified. Likewise, it plans to supply its discerning clientele with a platform that delivers top-notch quality and performance associated with the marque.

The LF-Z Electrified is a fascinating showcase of what might be on the way. President and Chief Branding Officer Koji Sato said: “While fulfilling our social mission of realising a carbon-neutral society, we will continue to provide the fun and joy that cars bring, and we will contribute to the happiness and smiles of our customers and everyone involved with Lexus.”

Instead of just calling it an EV, Lexus is planning a new range of models and marketing them as either HEVs, PHEVs, and BEVs. The LF-Z Electrified will be shipping under the latter, which they are internally referring to as (battery electric vehicle). Meanwhile, this electric crossover will use “DIRECT4” — an in-house four-wheel electric drivetrain.

With the impressive capabilities of modern electric motors over conventional engines, Lexus claims owners will enjoy responsive driving dynamics. Also, from a design standpoint, this crossover embodies Lexus’ design language from all angles. Moreover, it’s sleek, sporty, and sophisticated. The LF-Z Electrified along with several other models should arrive sometime in 2025.

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Aerion Supersonic AS3: A commercial jet that can reach close to hypersonic speeds

In 2003, the travel industry bid goodbye to the world’s first supersonic commercial airliner – the Concorde. It was a joint project between French and British aerospace operators that was the go-to option for those who were in a hurry. Meanwhile, Aerion Supersonic plans to become the world’s second provider of jet travel that goes beyond the speed of sound with the AS3.

When the Concorde was still in service, its aerodynamic delta-wing configuration allowed it to reach cruising speeds of Mach 2.04. This roughly translates to about 1,345 miles per hour. Sadly, surging maintenance costs and fewer passengers eventually led to its retirement.

Although the aircraft made by Air France and British Airways touts remarkable numbers, Aerion Supersonic promises something even better. The AS3 kicks it up a notch at a little over Mach 4. This makes it outrageously fast by commercial airliner standards.

This puts the AS3’s capabilities above that of any modern passenger jets in existence. Experts in aeronautics describe any speeds that exceed 3,000 mph or greater than Mach 5 as hypersonic. Aerion Supersonic claims flights from any two points in the world will take no more than 3 hours.

The company is using its supersonic AS2 business jet as the inspiration for its upcoming wickedly fast model. What we know about smaller craft is its use of 100% biofuel and its Mach 1.4 cruising speeds.

Aerion Supersonic also hopes to address another issue that plagues supersonic flight – sonic booms. With the help of NASA’s Langley Research center, the AS3 could very well become the World’s first “boomless” passenger plane.

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MINI Electric Cooper SE Formula E Pace Car

MINI’s latest vehicle isn’t for sale, but it’s worth mention because it… is… awesome. This electric Cooper SE is the official pace car of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship race series. It’s basically…

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This green 1986 Mercedes-Benz Unimog campervan conversion is up for sale

The way things are going right now, most would consider as a prelude to the apocalypse. Mankind eventually falls as the pandemic continues to rage for years and leaves the world a desolate wasteland. If we let our imagination run wild, we’re sure zombies and other monsters are not far behind as well. If you’re the lucky owner of this custom Mercedes-Benz Unimog, then you should survive fairly easy.

Even in its default form, the Unimog is perhaps the German marque’s toughest machine. The one in question here is currently on the market for $239,500. It appears to be a campervan conversion according to the images.

You can find the ad for it on Gumtree which also describes it as the “Ultimate ‘go anywhere’ vehicle.” It also says that this Green Mercedes-Benz Unimog is a 1986 model. On any given day, we would rather opt for a brand-new camper van, but it cannot compare to this old-school yet powerful truck.

The platform has been lauded for years thanks to its durability and remarkable ground clearance. This makes it a capable vehicle for overlanding enthusiasts and those who love the outdoors. Dunlop comfort foam mattresses

Creature comforts such as air conditioning, two refrigerators, an expandable roof, a Shurflo 5.6 smartflow freshwater pump, and a shower plus toilet are all on board. A kitchenette with a sink and a Webasto cooktop makes meal preparation a breeze.

There are about 55,121 miles on the odometer, but it is supposedly in excellent running condition. This Mercedes-Benz Unimog campervan conversion rides on chunky Continental all-terrain tires. The unit is in Blackbutt, Queensland.

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National Park Air Fresheners

Want to inject the smells of the National Parks into your home, car, and office without worrying about open flames or environmentally terrible sprays? Give these a try. Hand-dipped in small batches in their Seattle…

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1991 Porsche 962CR “Schuppan” Le Mans Race Car

The mid-engined 1991 Porsche Schuppan 962CR is a balls-out, roadgoing version of the 1983 Le Mans-winning Porsche 956. Only six were made, and now one of these rarities is up for action. The 2,300-lb lightweight…

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