Ferrari may be synonymous with cars, but did you know they also built a hydroplane inspired by Achille Castoldi in the early 1950s? That’s right, Castoldi persuaded then Ferrari racing drivers Alberto Ascari and Luigi Villoresi to influence Enzo Ferrari to supply him with a 4.5-litre, V12 Ferrari engine. That engine was then installed in a Timossi three-point racing hydroplane hull. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Tuning shop Novitec is back at it again, and their latest project is the Ferrari 488 Pista. The factory vehicle is already the most powerful eight-cylinder production engine in Ferrari’s history, thanks to its twin-turbocharged 3.9-liter V8 engine, but that wasn’t enough for these tuners. They upgraded the ECU and then added a high-performance exhaust systems from F1-sourced Inconel, effectively boosting power output to 791 hp at 7,950 rpm and 662 lb-ft) of torque 3,100 rpm. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Created by MOC user “Madoca1977”, this LEGO Technic Tatra 8×8 truck that isn’t just a static sculpture fit for a bookshelf, but rather an off-roading vehicle capable of going almost anywhere. It’s based on the Czech-made Tatra T813 truck and is powered by several motors capable of powering the vehicle through rough terrain, like rocks. Read more for a video and additional information.
If you’ve always wanted a Tesla-like touchscreen display for your car, look no further than Sony’s new XAV-AX8000 in-car media receiver. Once installed, you get an 8.95-inch, anti-glare display that seamlessly hovers over your dashboard and only requires a single-DIN space. Unlike other head units, this one supports both both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto via USB, complete with hands-free voice control. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Slated to make its official debut at Monterey Car Week on August 16th, the 2020 Rezvani Tank X is claimed to be the world’s most powerful SUV, and rightfully so. Powered by a Dodge Demon-sourced 6.2L V8 engine, it’s tuned to generate over 1,000 horsepower and 870 pound-feet of torque. It has an MSRP of $349K, but with a few options, it might be double. You can choose from a $6500 thermal night vision system, $2500 automatic side steps, $2500 interior lighting package, a $12500 upgraded off-road race-ready FOX suspension, $5500 full leather interior and lots more. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
There are many ways to unlock a Tesla Model 3, with one of them being a key card. One owner decided to implant the RFID chip from that card directly into her arm, so she’ll never be locked out should the keyfob or app be inaccessible. Since she already has one RFID chip implanted in her hand, her initial plan was to simply transfer the key card information over, but Tesla’s security measures prevented that. Read more for a video and additional information.
An 18-year-old from Haryana’s Yamunanagar in India was given a BMW for his birthday instead of the Jaguar he requested. So, he did the least logical thing possible…pushed it into a swollen river in a fit of anger. That’s not all, “when the youth was plunging the high-end BMW car into the river, he also made a video and put it on social media,” said a police official. Read more for the news report and additional information.
Photo credit: Alexey Andreev
Typically, a Mars rover refers to a motor vehicle capable of traversing across the Red Planet, whether it be relocating to sunny positions for recharging or to a safer area to weather the violent winter months. JPL (Jet Propulsion Laboratory) has successfully landed four of these rovers: Sojourner, Opportunity, Spirit and Curiosity. However, it’s only a matter of time until we see commercial vehicles on the Martian surface, including Land Rover’s Mission Terraform concept by Alexey Andreev. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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The Lamborghini Miura P400S , also known as the Miura S, made its debut at the Turin Motor Show in November 1968, where the original chassis had been introduced three years earlier. This updated model featured power windows, bright chrome trim around external windows / headlights, a new overhead inline console with new rocker switches, 2mm larger engine intake manifolds, and different camshaft profiles, good for an extra 20 hp boost over the factory 345 hp. Chassis number 4245 was acquired by amateur racing driver Hans-Peter Weber in 1974 who kept the car until his death in 2015, and then taken to a friend’s barn in the Black Forest of Germany. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The all-electric Porsche Taycan turned quite a few heads at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, but Fully Charged’s Jonny Smith was recently invited to drive the camouflaged pre-production prototype, and shows us just how quick it really is. He performed several full-throttle acceleration tests with the launch control system activated, or 30 of them to be exact, without breaking a sweat. Read more for the video and additional information.