Last year, GM Defense partnered with Ricardo Defense to develop ISV prototypes for testing, evaluation and down-selection for the production contract. This week, the U.S. Army Contracting Command–Detroit Arsenal announced that GM Defense has been awarded a $214.3-million contract to build, field and sustain the Army’s new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV). Read more for two videos and additional information.
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For those who don’t know, Yamaha actually created a supercar that was supposed to enter production back in 1994, called the OX99-11. It was designed by Takuya Yura, and was originally supposed to be a single seater. Featuring a carbon fiber chassis and the same OX99 engine as the F1 car, thus providing the closest experience of a pure racing car to the consumer market. Read more to see a modern variant, called the OX-2020, but designer Gaspere Conticelli.
At first glance, this may appear to be an aircraft nose, but upon closer inspection, you’ll realize it’s just a 1988 Pulse Autocycle. Does it look familiar? If so, that’s because they have made an appearance in Back to the Future II, or more specifically, the downtown Hill Valley area in 2015. A red Pulse was actually the first vehicle Marty McFly saw as he exited the alleyway opposite the courthouse, driving along Main Street from right to left. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Auto enthusiasts already know that the Ferrari SF90 Stradale is the company’s first PHEV (Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicle), and it’s a doozy. Boasting a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V8 engine that generates 769 hp and 590 lb-ft of torque, paired with three electric motors, for a combined output of nearly 1,000 hp. It’s also the most powerful Ferrari road car yet with a claimed 0-60 mph acceleration time of under 2.5 seconds, and a 0-124 mph sprint taking just 6.7 seconds. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
For the 2020 model year, the Dodge Charger Hellcat comes standard with the “widebody” to accommodate an improved tire/suspension package. In factory form, it comes equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine making 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. However, Hennessey Performance decided to offer a performance package that increases output to 1,012 horsepower and 969 lb-ft of torque. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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The original Audi TT, first introduced in 1998, is a compact sports car available as a 2+2 coupé and as a two-seater roadster employing consecutive generations of the Volkswagen Group A platform, starting with the A4 (PQ34). In other words, it has a front-mounted transversely oriented engine, front-wheel drive or quattro four-wheel drive system, and fully independent front suspension using MacPherson struts. Automotive designer Jordan Gendler decided to up-size this two-door vehicle and give it a futuristic makeover. Read more for additional pictures of the Audi GT.
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Elon Musk has hyped the 2020 Tesla Roadster ever since it was announced back in 2017, and many have been waiting to hear more about the “SpaceX option package”. The base model is claimed to have a top speed of 250 mph and a 620-mile range powered by a 250 kWh battery pack, but the optional package apparently adds 10 small rocket thrusters. Read more to see what 0-60 mph in 1.1-seconds looks like in the electric supercar.
The 2021 Ford F-150 follows up on its predecessors and raises the standard for all light-duty trucks. It’s now available in an all-new 3.5-liter PowerBoost hybrid powertrain with Pro Power Onboard, an integrated power generator. Every vehicle comes standard with a fully boxed high-strength steel frame and a high-strength, military-grade, aluminum alloy body, while higher front fenders create a stronger, more powerful stance on and off the road. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Lordstown Motors officially revealed its all-electric Endurance pickup truck today at the Lordstown Complex in Youngstown, Ohio. No details were released, but we do know that it sports in-wheel hub motors, all-wheel-drive capability and 440 kW of total peak output. The company aims to be the first U.S. automotive OEM in the race to produce the industry’s first fully-electric pickup truck, purpose-built for fleet use. Read more for two videos, additional pictures and information.
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LEGO Technic sets are great for creating interactive sets, but there isn’t one yet that lets you build a life-sized go-kart. So, Matt Denton decided to take things into his own hands. With the help of 3D-printers, he managed to piece together an XXL LEGO go-kart with pieces that are scaled up 8.43 times the size of their real-life counterparts. Read more for a test drive video and additional information.