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Wooden VW Beetle

Most retired auto enthusiasts prefer to spend their time cruising back roads or just relaxing at home, but Bosnian pensioner Momir Bojic had other things in mind. This 73-year-old spent two years creating a stunning Volkswagen Beetle covered with over 50,000 handcrafted oak shingles. It's not just for show, as the car is fully-functional, and can be driven on the road without any problems. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny Facebook status updates gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a neodymium magnet that finally defeats the almighty hydraulic press.

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Polaris Slingshot SL LE

It's a go-kart...it's a 3-wheeled motorcycle...it's the turbocharged Polaris Slingshot SL LE? That's right, the latest model has just been unveiled, and it's better than ever. At a mere 1,743-pounds, the vehicle is powered by a turbocharged 2.4L engine that produces 173hp and 166 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual sending power to the rear wheel. Best of all, prices start at just $26,999. Click here for more pictures of the Slingshot SL LE. Continue reading for another hands-on test drive video and more information.

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Buell XB9 Iron Pirate Garage

Photo credit: IRON Pirate Garage

Iron Pirate Garage has revamped the Buell XB9 motorcycle, and it looks like something you'd see in The Dark Knight. Featuring a short wheelbase, 92Nm of torque, a set of Progressive Suspension units and a Motogadget Mini display, perfect for crime fighting, or just cruising the city street. No word yet on if we'll be seeing a Superman version anytime soon. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the Tesla Model X racing the world's fastest SUV, the Bentley Bentayga.

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Crew Chief 715

Paying tribute to Jeep's military vehicles of the past, the Crew Chief 715 Concept crosses the Wrangler Unlimited with the Kaiser M715 military vehicle. It comes complete with a 4-inch lift kit, Fox shocks, off-road rock rails, 20-inch wheels on 40-inch tires, an on-board air system, 5-foot cargo bed for all your gear, and Dana axles. Inside, you'll find plush leather bucket seats, aircraft-style control switches, and a large, dash-mounted compass. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one of Chewbacca Mom meeting none other than Force Awakens director J.J. Abrams.

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Phiaro P75 Cipher

The sleek Phiaro P75 Concept Cipher is a prototype track car inspired by the famous Gundam series. At just 1,310-pounds, it's powered by a mid-mounted 1.5L four-cylinder engine that produces 142-horsepower @ 6,600 rpm and 123 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. Click here for more pictures of the P75. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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Zarooq Sand Racer

If you've always wanted to drive a dune buggy on the road, then the Zarooq Sand Racer should be on your shortlist. Priced from $100K, it's powered by a mid-mounted 3.5L V6 engine that produces up to 500-horsepower, mated to a paddle-controlled 6-speed automatic transmission, sending power to the rear wheels. Its 2,300-ound tube chassis is made from high-strength steel, while the body itself is entirely fiberglass. Fox shocks provide 12.4 inches of ground clearance, and A/C, along with racing suede-wrapped steering wheel, ensure a comfortable ride in all weather. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a stack of 100 CDs being crushed by a hydraulic press.

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Ariel Nomad

Previously only available in the UK, the Ariel Nomad has now hit US soil, and it's crazier than ever. At just 1,430 pounds, this street legal, off-road buggy is powered a Honda-sourced 2.4L four cylinder engine that generates 230 horses and 220 lb-ft of torque, good for a 0-60 time of 3.4-seconds. Continue reading for another video and more information.

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EO Smart Connecting Car 2

The Flexible EO Smart Connecting Car 2 is a tiny transforming vehicle that can actually change its shape by compressing itself by having its body panels overlap each other. All four of its independently-powered wheels can turn 90°, becoming perpendicular to the car's compact body, allowing you to drive sideways. Continue reading for a video of the first-generation model, and more information.

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Light Rider 3D-Printed Motorcycle

APWorks, a subsidiary of Airbus, has created a 3D-printed motorcycle, called "Light Rider", one in which they tout as "the world's lightest motorcycle." At just 77-pounds with the electric motor, the 13-pound frame is held together with a web of aluminum alloy powder that they call "Scalmalloy". Despite its weight, this material has nearly the specific strength of titanium, especially when multiple layers are fused together. It has a top speed of 50mph and will cost $56,095 when released. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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BMW M3 Pickup

An auto enthusiast teamed up with Mad Dog Racing in South Africa to create what could quite possibly be the world's first E92 BMW M3 pickup truck. It's powered by a supercharged 4L V8 engine that churns out at least 100 additional horsepower on top of the factory 420-horsepower. No word yet on if they plan to build a new M4 pickup truck, or at least in the near future. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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