Auto enthusiast Jeff Bloch, also known as “SpeedyCop,” spent 3,000-hours transforming a real Vietnam attack helicopter into the “SpeedyCopter”. The project began in the summer of 2016, when Jeff and his crew spent about six months at his home in Southern Maryland, USA, completely revamping a 1969 Bell OH-58 Kiowa Vietnam attack aircraft he managed to purchase for $3,100 in an online auction, to sit on a 1986 Toyota van chassis. “It’s not just street legal and race ready, it’s also fully amphibious. The 86 Toyota van that provided the chassis actually just gave us the front suspension,” said Jeff. Read more for another video of it in-action and additional information.
Most already know that the Tesla Semi is an all-electric battery-powered Class 8 semi-trailer that will be headed to production in 2019, with a 500 mile range on a full charge. Using its new batteries, it would be capable of running 400 miles after an 80% charge in just 30-minutes using a solar-powered “Tesla Megacharger” charging station. This Porsche GT Vision Truck concept is all-electric and designed to transporting Le Mans race cars, but when the trailer is detached, it becomes a race truck. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Mercedes-AMG GT R Pro is a limited edition model developed as an extension of the brand’s GT3 / GT4 racing technology, for the racetrack. To start things off, it sports a modified 4.0-liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine producing 577 horsepower and 516 pound-feet of torque, enabling it to hit 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, while topping out at 198 mph. Suspension wise, there’s a mechanically adjustable coil-over setup, front carbon fiber torsion bar, uniball spherical bearings, ceramic composite brakes, and a carbon fiber rear stiffening structure. Read more to see its Nurburgring run, and for additional pictures as well as information.
The all-new Nissan LEAF NISMO RC is what an electric race car should look like, and it comes with more than double the maximum power / torque output of its predecessor. Featuring dual electric motors, all-wheel drive and an aggressive, restyled body shape, this purpose-built car demonstrates how the automaker’s electric vehicle technology can deliver aggressive, yet quiet, zero-emission power. It’s equipped with advanced battery technology and drivetrain components from the Nissan LEAF, with two electric motors at opposite ends of the chassis producing 240 kilowatts combined (120 kW each) and an astounding 640 Nm of instant torque to the wheels. Read more for an additional video, pictures and information.
There’s a new heavy-duty pick-up truck ready to take the US market by storm – the Jeep Gladiator. Based on the Wrangler, the Gladiator uses a similar four-door design, but is 787mm longer than its stablemate. In addition to its off-roading capabilities, thanks to an 11.1″ ground clearance, heavy-duty Dana axles, and a FOX suspension, it can traverse waters up to 30″ deep. However, it’s not just a fun recreation vehicle, as it can also haul up to 1,600 pounds, tow up to 7,650 pounds, and is loaded with modern technology inside the cabin. At launch, the base model will come equipped with a 3.6-liter V6 Pentastar engine producing 285 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque, mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
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Sure, Christmas is still a few weeks away, but automakers are already getting in the spirit, with Dodge making the first splash at this year’s LA Auto Show. They have revealed a 797-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Santa Claus sleigh. Power comes from a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8 from the Hellcat Redeye, and it features dual exhaust tips, along with seven-passenger seating. This isn’t a fiberglass shell, but rather a Dodge Challenger widebody that has been modified and turned into a sleigh, complete with a start button for the engine. Read more for another video and additional information.
Electric-car startup Rivian is making a big splash at the 2018 LA Auto Show, starting with the R1T and now, the R1S all-electric SUV. Buyers will be able to choose from three battery-pack sizes: 180 kilowatt hours, 135 kWh, and 105 kWh. The largest of which offers 400 miles of range, while the 135 kWh and 105 kWh packs are powerful enough for 310 miles and 240 miles, respectively. The 180 kWh model boasts 700 horsepower and 826 pound-feet of torque, thanks to four electric motors located in each wheel, enabling it to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 3.0 seconds (3.2 seconds and 4.9 seconds for the 180 kWh and 105 kWh models), with all models electronically limited to a top speed of 125 mph. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
The BMW Vision iNEXT, first revealed earlier this year, provides an insight into the future of personal mobility, and it just made its world premiere at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. This all-electric SUV encompasses the automaker’s strategic innovation fields – Autonomous driving, Connectivity, Electrification and Services (ACES) – into a single vehicle, while its design lends them visual expression (D+ACES) and offers a glimpse into the future face of driving pleasure. Power comes from front- and rear-mounted motors, paired with a battery tray under the floor, that enable it to accelerate from 0-62mph sprint in approximately four seconds, while offering a driving range of 380 miles on a single charge. Read more for a making of video, additional pictures and information.
While most eyes are on the L.A. Auto Show, Audi demonstrated its Pop.Up.Next concept at Amsterdam Drone Week. This autonomous flying taxi was made into a ¼-scale model and consists of an autonomous, wheeled, battery-electric chassis that securely holds a detachable, two-seat pod. When flight mode is activated, a special Airbus-designed module lands, hovering over the pod. The chassis then raises the pod until it locks onto the flight module before taking off for the destination. Upon landing, the four-propeller module straddles another chassis, lowers the pod, and then departs on the road. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
It’s only a matter of time until we see 3D-printed cars hit the streets, and that includes supercars as well, like the Hyperlight by industrial designer Lee Rosario. This hybrid vehicle is made from 100% reusable 3D printed parts and features a cam-less Freevalve V6 Hybrid Engine System, breathable “gills” located behind the front wheels use conductive airflow to power electric motors, and a keyless Biometric DNA touch access / startup system. Read more for additional pictures and information.