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Wooden Go Kart

Most go-karts are heavy, and not exactly portable, but PlyFly aims to change that. Made from 19mm-thick Baltic Birch plywood, this gasoline-powered vehicle can be put together in less than one day and using common tools. It sports rack & pinion steering, an adjustable seat, a smartphone mount, foam-filled tires, a disc brake system, and even has a safety flag for improved visibility. Continue reading for a video, more information and the Kickstarter page.

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BMW Urban Racer

If fighter jet and a motorcycle were combined into one, it'd probably look something like the BMW Urban Racer Concept. Sleek and futuristic, it's powered by a 1200cc twin-cylinder engine that pumps out 115 horsepower, plenty for its ultra lightweight carbon fiber frame. A pair Brembo brakes provide maximum stopping power when going for spirited night runs. Aside from the carbon fiber, you'll find silver accents, a mahogany wood fuel tank and quilted leather seat to match those wood guards. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Galpin Rocket

Think of the Galpin Rocket as a 725-horsepower, street-legal Batmobile, based on the 2015 Ford Mustang. It was co-designed by Galpin and Henrik Fisker, and is touted as the 'ultimate American muscle car.' Powering this beast is a supercharged 5.0-liter V-8 engine. On the outside, there are quite a few body modifications, including carbon fiber body panels. No word yet on pricing or availability. Continue reading for more pictures.

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Street-Legal Batman Batmobile Tumbler

For a cool $1-million, you could have purchased your very own street-legal Tumbler batmobile, but unfortunately, someone has already snatched it up. This particular one-off RWD (Rear Wheel Drive) build - offered by James Edition - is powered by a V8 LS1 engine, five driver-assisted cameras, GPS, and even 44-inch swamper tires for rugged terrain. On the bright side, or at least if you have a million(s) burning a hole in your pocket, a matte black Lamborghini Aventador LP750-4 SV will still be available. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos of today, including a person who used an M16 to cook bacon.

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SCG-003C

Limited to just 2 road-going units priced at $2.35-million USD, the Glickenhaus SCG-003C (Competizione) will be powered by a Honda-sourced, twin-turbo V-6, but James has previously said that owners will be able to choose whatever engine they like, even a twin-turbo V-12, mated to a Hewland sequential transmission with paddle shifters. Continue reading for more.

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Rinspeed BUDII

Based on the BMW i3 EV, Rinspeed's Budii is fully autonomous, thanks to a laser scanner extending from the roof of the vehicle paired with a Kappa Optronics camera. It uses this technology to navigate a 3D perspective map of the surrounding terrain. Riders can control everything in the car via a smart watch or smartphone. There's also a manual mode if you feel the need for speed, or just want something to do. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular videos of today - including an interesting airbag comparison crash test.

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Self Drifting BMW

BMW Group has unveiled a new M235i prototype vehicle for highly automated driving. Or, in other words, advanced control technology to demonstrate maximum safety up to the car's dynamic limit while drifting around a track. It also highlights the effectiveness of a new generation of control systems that actively intervene in the direction-changing decision-making process to ensure the electronically controlled steering works in perfect harmony with the brakes and accelerator. Continue reading for a video and more information.

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2016 Honda Civic Type R

Honda's all-new Civic Type R may not be a supercar competitor, but it's definitely no slouch. In addition to an aggressive body kit, complete with a large rear diffuser and oversized spoiler, it's powered by a 2.0L VTEC engine that generates 306 horsepower and 295 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to hit 60mph in a zippy 5.7-seconds from a stop. Continue reading for a Nurburgring time attack video, more pictures and additional information.

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Driverless Mercedes

The driverless Mercedes-Benz F015 made its debut at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, but it was spotted cruising around San Francisco just a few days ago. To drive itself around safely, it communicates with its surroundings both visually and acoustically, using a laser projection system. When driving, it can project lights on to the road using its LED headlights to let pedestrians know when to cross. There's also a manual mode should someone want to take over. Continue reading for a video of it in Las Vegas and more pictures.

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Smallest W32 Engine

Most people would be happy building any type of functional engine, but hobbyist Jose Manuel Hermo Barreiro, also known as Patelo, wanted to go above and beyond by creating the world's smallest (yet functional) W-32 engine. After 2,520-hours and 850 hand-machined pieces and 632 individual screws, the engine was finally completed. A compressed air source lets this engine rev just like its real-life counterpart. Continue reading for the video.

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