Always wanted to tackle the famed Nürburgring track in Germany, but don’t have a vehicle for the experience? There’s always the option of paying for a ring taxi, but it’ll definitely cost you. To be more specific, a run in a BMW M3 will cost you roughly $300, while a ride along in a McLaren 720S will run $340. Why? The 13 mile race track in the world is rough on cars, especially the tires, brake pads and even driveshafts. Read more to see the cost breakdown for the McLaren 720S at Nurburgring.
Ford’s all-new Lane-Keeping Bed “applies car tech know-how to ensuring that even the most selfish bed mate stays firmly ‘in their lane’ through the night,” according to the automaker. It draws inspiration from Ford’s lane-keeping aid system which is available in almost every one of their new vehicles, thanks to camera-based systems which help you avoid inadvertently straying out of your lane. “Lane-Keeping Aid in our cars can make driving easier and more comfortable. We thought that showing how similar thinking could be applied to a bed, would be a great way to highlight to drivers a technology that they might not previously have been aware of,” said Anthony Ireson, director, Marketing Communications at Ford of Europe. Read more for a video and additional information.
Amazon.com Inc and General Motors Co are in talks to invest in electric vehicle maker Rivian Automotive LLC in a deal that would value the company between $1 billion – $2 billion. If the negotiations conclude successfully, a deal would give the two a minority stake, and could be announced as early as this month, though the talks could still fall through. “We admire Rivian’s contribution to a future of zero emissions and an all-electric future,” said GM said in an emailed statement. What sets Rivian apart from other electric automakers is its “skateboard” platform that packages the drive units, battery pack, suspension system, brakes and cooling system all below wheel height to allow for more storage space and greater stability due to a lower center of gravity. Read more for another video and additional information.
US-based Vandal, based in metro Detroit, has just unveiled the Vandal One, which looks like a cross between a Corvette and F1 car. Featuring a full carbon fiber monocoque chassis, carbon fiber body panels, and an engine from the new Civic Type R, all in a 1,224-pound package that is designed for the track. The base model churns out 340 hp from the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, but you can also opt for an upgrade package that boosts power to 560 hp. It boasts a pushrod front and rear suspension, using JRi adjustable dampers and sway bars. Plus, every car features a cloud-based telemetry system that enables real-time monitoring of vehicle data by your pit crew team. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Priced at ¥3,251,880 ($29,400) for the 6-speed manual version and ¥3,318,840 ($30,031) for the 6-speed automatic, this limited edition Toyota 86 in British Racing Green is only being offered in Japan. In addition to the special color, buyers also get the High Performance Package, which includes Brembo brakes, SACHS dampers, exclusive 17-inch bronze alloys and a rear spoiler. Step inside, you’ll find two-tone leather seats with Alcantara support pads and an infotainment system minus the display. Read more for additional pictures and information.
This autonomous Lamborghini concept by Simon Wells is designed for 18-45 year olds looking to push the limits of autonomous technology, especially since this vehicle is basically an exo-suit with wheels. How does it work? The occupant straps themselves into the exo-suit and then uses cameras as well as a small display to see where they’re going. You can also livestream footage directly to social media for fans to enjoy. Read more for additional pictures and information.
This race-winning Ferrari F40 LM prototype, one of nineteen built for racing by Ferrari’s GT racing partner Michelotto, has just sold for a whopping $5.4-million at the Paris Retromobile classic car event. In the LM spec, the engine churns out 700bhp – up from the standard 471bhp in the road-going version – and weighs a mere 2,314 lb. Other race upgrades include: a stiffer chassis, a gearbox built for the rigorous nature of endurance races, and lots of aerodynamic improvements. This particular example started out as a 1987 pre-production prototype for the F40 road car, and then eventually sold to a private party in the early ’90s before Michelotto converted it into LM specification. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Rain Prisk
Automotive designer and Photoshop guru Rain Prisk has given the all-new 2020 Toyota Supra a 4×4 off-road makeover, and it actually works. Featuring a set of large off-road wheels, custom arches, a front skid plate, pair of tow hooks, side steps, roof rack, and a snorkel should you encounter deeper than normal water. Just in case things get a little too deep, there’s even a kayak up top. Read more for another group of fascinating images from the web.
Does the Audi RS4, which comes equipped with a 2.9-liter V6 producing 450hp stand a chance against the Tesla Model X P100D with 770hp and the ability to go from 0-60 in around 3 seconds? Car Wow decided to find out by pitting these two vehicles head-to-head in a drag race, and the results might be surprising (or not). Read more to watch the rolling matchup and a brake test.
This one-of-a-kind vehicle cost more than $1 million to build and can transport up to eight passengers in pure luxury, thanks to four 28-inch wheels attached to a wingless Learjet fuselage. The project was in the making for 12 years, and is the brainchild of designer Dan Harris and co-owners Frank DeAngelo and Dima Kashevatsky. Both wings had to be removed for the vehicle to become street-legal, but the jet engine nacelles remain, and house two 12-inch subwoofers surrounded by neon lights. When you’re ready to step inside, a set of fold-down stairs drop down, where neon lights illuminate the interior, alongside a large TV screen, more speakers, and a host of amplifiers. In the cockpit, there’s a single driver’s seat and four monitors on the custom dash. Read more for a video and additional information.