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Local Motors may only have 100 employees, as the Rally Fighter ramps to full production, but it went from concept to the road in just over 2 years. How does an open source vehicle work? To start, employees select off-the-shelf parts for the Rally Fighter and install them on a Local Motors frame. For one of the vehicles, they used a BMW clean diesel V8 for its high torque and relative fuel efficiency (36 mpg hwy, 30 mpg off road). Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the Broadway Lion King cast singing on the subway.

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Sleek and stylish, DENNY, the product of a collaboration between TEAGUE X Sizemore and the winner of Oregon Manifest's 'Bike Design Project', is touted as the "Ultimate Urban Utility Bike," and rightfully so. Featuring an innovative handlebar lock design, unique fender system, automatic shifting and modern styling. It's not just a concept because Fuji Bikes announced that they will be producing Denny for retail consumers. Continue reading for another picture and more information.

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Priced from $185000 USD, the amphibious ICON A5 is a 1510-pound craft that boasts a 100 bhp Rotax 912 iS petrol engine, giving it a top speed of 120mph and a range of 345 miles. Its 10.36m wings are not only foldable for easy towing, they easily fit in a normal-sized garage, while the engine runs on both regular petrol and aviation fuel. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.

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Think of the Polaris Slingshot as a three-wheeled motorcycle meets go-kart (or the KTM X-Bow). Priced from $19999, this 1666-pound vehicle is powered by a 2.4L Ecotec engine that generates 173 hp and 166 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 5-speed manual transmission. Just in case you are wondering, helmets are required for both the driver and passenger - motorcycle license also needed by the former. Continue reading for a first look video, more pictures, and additional information.

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Razor's Crazy Cart is touted as the ultimate drifting machine, and it comes equipped with a small electric motor that drives a single wheel located in the center of the cart, towards the front. It can be steered in 360 degrees using a small steering wheel and when the "drift bar" is pulled at the side, the Cart tilts the rear caster wheels so the caster effect is almost zero, which means the cart is free to face in just about any direction, no matter which way the front wheel is driving. Product page. Continue reading for another video (Gymkhana parody) and more information.

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The first patented roller skate was introduced in 1760 by Belgian inventor John Joseph Merlin. His roller skate wasn't much more than an ice skate with wheels where the blade goes, (a style we would call inlines today). They were hard to steer and hard to stop because they didn't have brakes, as such were not very popular. The initial "test pilot" of the first prototype of the skate was in the city of Huy, which had a party with Merlin playing the violin. These motorized versions from 1961 are another story. Continue reading for more bizarre inventions and gadgets from the past.

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Sure, not everyone has or can kayak on a regular basis, but for those who find themselves in the position to do so, Oru Kayak should be on your short list. It's basically a 12-foot-long kayak that can be folded up into a compact 33 x 29-inch carrying case when not in use for easy transport. No tools are necessary to build the kayak, just unfold it, and you're ready to hit the water. Continue reading for a video and the product page.

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What sets the Big Wheel Drift Trike from SFD Industries apart from its competitors, is the 26-inch by 3.5-inch wheel. It's powered by a 6.5 hp (4.8 kW) motor and boasts thicker PVC sleeves wrapped around the rear wheels to create the loss of traction. SFD owner August Agner says, "The most unique feature we designed is the frame mounted pegs that eliminate foot lift while drifting, so you don't have to worry about the tire scrubbing up your leg." Continue reading for a video of a homemade version, more information, and the product page.

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The Maybach Exelero is the world's most expensive car with the price of about $8 million. This supercar has room for 4 and is powered by a 700hp twin turbo V12 engine. It was built on request for Fulda Tires. The German luxury car manufacturer created the model as a modern interpretation of its legendary streamlined sportscar from the 1930s. Continue reading to see what the zombie-fighting version looks like.

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Hank Butitta, an architecture graduate student, didn't want to pay rent, so he decided to pay $3,000 for an old bus and convert it into a livable home. He says, "This project was a way to show how building a small structure with simple detailing can be more valuable than drawing a complex project that is theoretical and poorly understood." It includes two beds, a small kitchen, a bathroom, and hardwood floors to top things off. Continue reading for two videos.

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