Professional race car driver Romain Dumas set a new record at China’s Tianmen Mountain Big Gate Road of 7 minutes, 38.585 seconds in the all-electric Volkswagen ID.R, and now, the automaker has released the full dashcam video of the entire run. This vehicle is powered by two electric motors – one at each axle, that produce a combined 680 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque, all in a 2,500 lb package. Read more for two videos and additional information.
There are smart gadgets, smartphones, and soon, smart tires, starting with Hankook’s futuristic-looking Hexonic. Designed for autonomous cars of the near future, it sports a tread design that is sectioned into multiple hexagonal modules that can split apart to create water passages. Within each of these modules is a Y shape in the center for added grip on the road. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The Ferrari SF90 Stradale plug-in hybrid supercar was recently spied at the automaker’s Fiorano test track recently, and it’s looking more impressive than ever, even in full camouflage. It’s powered by a turbocharged 4.0L V8 generating 769 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, paired with three lithium-ion powered electric motors (one located on the rear axle, and two located up front) producing an additional 217 hp, for a combined power output of 986 hp. Read more for the video and additional information.
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The previous-generation (MK4) Toyota Supra was not only known for the bulletproof engine, but its iconic rear wing. Unfortunately, the 2020 Toyota Supra only has a ducktail spoiler, which leaves open the door for many tuning shops, like Auto Tuned, to put their own twist on this aero part. This California-based shop will be displaying their latest body kit at the Formula D Eneos USA booth. Read more for additional pictures and information.
At $700,007, this Aston Martin DBS Superleggera designed in partnership with Daniel Craig isn’t something you expect to find in a Christmas catalog, but that’s the only place you’ll be able to get one this year. No engine upgrades were mentioned, so we assume it’s still powered by the same 5.2-litre twin-turbocharged V12 engine genearting 715 hp at 6,500 rpm and 664 lb⋅ft of torque as its standard counterpart. Read more for a picture of the interior and additional information.
When is a minivan not just a people transporter? When you’re in Hyundai’s iMax N ‘Drift Bus”. Powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 402 horsepower and 409 pound-feet of torque, mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels, it has perfect 50:50 weight distribution when all eight of its seats are occupied. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Based on the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, GM’s new Infantry Squad Vehicle for the US Army looks like something straight from the Halo universe. It was commissioned as a vehicle that can transport up to 9 soldiers, while being carried under a Blackhawk helicopter or fit in the twin-rotor Chinook cargo copter. Around 70% of the ISV’s parts are sourced from the Colorado to help keep costs low, while most of the bodywork was removed to fit a roll cage and skid plates for drivetrain / suspension protection. Read more for a video and additional information.
BMW has just unveiled its new all-electric race car, the iFE.20, set to compete under their i Andretti Motorsport team in the upcoming Formula E season. Every Formula E vehicle utilizes a spec chassis and aerodynamics package, so you won’t find a single overpowering team with a major advantage, as winning will be left up to the drivers. Read more for a video and additional information.
In the 21st century, the buggy is still used as normal, everyday means of transportation by most of them have not been modernized nor are they suited for normal roads, other than a triangular warning sign with red border and yellow background attached to the rear, that is unless…you’re talking about this custom jet-powered version. One of the owners originally wanted to purchase a turboshaft powerplant that outputs through a shaft, but instead purchased a turbojet that shoots hot gasses out the back to create thrust, and thus this creation was born. Read more for a video and additional information.
AM General, a manufacturer of light tactical vehicles, teamed up with the Jeep Brand of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), to introduce the Jeep Gladiator Extreme Military-Grade Truck (XMT). This vehicle is designed to be a military communications truck, and is just one of many variants that AM General can develop to meet specific customer requirements. The 2020 Jeep Gladiator has been touted as the most capable midsize truck ever, with 7,650 pounds of towing capacity and up to 1,600 pounds of payload capacity, making it the ideal platform to develop this tactical vehicle. Read more for a video and additional information.