GM Defense has already delivered its first Infantry Squad Vehicle to the US Army, but now, it’s working on an all-electric version. Called the “All Electric Concept Vehicle,” it’s powered by GM’s eCrate electric powertrain generating 200 hp and 266 lb-ft of torque from a 60-kilowatt-hour, 400-volt battery that achieves up to 150-miles on a single charge. Its petrol counterpart is powered by a 2.8L Duramax four-cylinder turbodisel making 186 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque. Read more for a video and additional information.
Think of the all-new Ferrari 812 Competizione as a more track-focused 812 Superfast, starting with its tuned naturally aspirated 6.5L V12 engine that can rev up to 9,500 rpm generating 818 hp and 513 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox, enabling it to hit 62 mph in a mere 2.85-seconds. To accomodate this increase in power, more heat needs to be dissipated through an improved cooling flow management. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Switzerland-based Morand Cars is developing a hybrid hypercar that aims to combine F1 performance with the latest technologies. To make this happen, they’ve partnered with Bcomp, a company that specializes in composites and sustainable materials, for an ultralight hypercar chassis that is not only environmentally friendly, but utilizes natural fiber composites. Read more for a short video and additional information.
You may have see Elon Musk in the Cybertruck at the Tesla Austin gigafactory, but Jeff Bezos wasn’t about to be shown up by the SpaceX CEO. So, he visited the Blue Origin’s latest landing of its New Shepard rocket at its West Texas facility in a Rivian R1T electric pickup truck. However, this trip wasn’t about seeing progress on the site, but rather to promote ticket sales for suborbital tourist rides on New Shepard, which begin later this week on May 5. Read more for the video and additional information.
You may have seen Batcarts before, but here’s an up-close look at one of these Batman Tumbler golf carts. Marc Irvin of Marc’s Creature Company first created this golf cart for movie director Ray Griggs back in 2013, used mainly to get around movie sets. Since then, Marc has built a few more of them, most recently for an auto enthusiast named Alex, who also goes by “Lambo Jesus” on social media. Read more for an up-close look at one of these machines, which is based on the EZ-Go golf cart.
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No, this isn’t a scene from an upcoming Hollywood movie, but an actual cash-in-transit robbery that took place on the N4 in Pretoria, South Africa. The biggest takeaway is that not only do these vehicles need bulletproof windows, but insanely good driving skills as well as nerves of steel, to survive such a raid. The two guards were driving normally on the road when armed robbers opened fire on their cruiser using an assault rifle that was aimed directly at the driver. Read more for the dashcam footage.
Suzuki partnered with the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) to create Misano, a futuristic electric roadster that draws inspiration from motorcycles. The name actually comes from a popular racetrack in Italy located around Monza and San Marino. Measuring in at 13-feet in length, it’s slightly shorter than the Porsche 718 Boxster and has seating for two in a tandem configuration, with the battery pack situated next to the seats. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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You’ll probably never see a life-sized 2021 Land Rover Defender 110 X made entirely from wood, so Woodworking Art did the next best thing…handcraft a miniature replica. The actual vehicle sports a retro design, complete with blocky headlight clusters as well as thick cladding around the wheel arches, and the wooden version follows in that line, but using darker woods for the windows and sunroof. Read more for the build video and additional information.
From the back, this may appear to be a standard 1974 Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, but upon closer inspection, you’ll realize that it’s actually a custom-built drag racer. What stands out the most is its General Motors-sourced supercharged 462 cubic-inch V8 engine, complete with a 200-hp nitrous oxide booster fitted in the pack for that extra jump. Not your standard race car, this one has a fully custom leather interior that offers luxurious seating for four. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Limited to 25-units and set for release in 2023, the $2-million Viritech Apricale is touted as the world’s first production hydrogen hypercar. This vehicle is more of a test bed to showcase the company’s hydrogen fuel cell technology, which they plan to use for future FCEV passenger cars, heavy machinery, aircraft, and boats. Its innovative graphene hydrogen storage tank is built directly into its carbon fiber monocoque chassis instead of being a separate component. Read more for additional pictures and information.