Created by industrial designer Dahye Jeong from South Korea, the bespoke Maybach Opera is an autonomous electric hypercar without any doors, as the entire glass roof canopy simply lifts off the bodywork. Passengers enter and exit through an opening at the roof, like you would a luxury boat, complete with taillight streaks similar to those that act as headlights. Other design features include an elongated hood with six individual streaks of light on each side that stretch over the hood and front wheel arches, replacing the traditional headlights. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Built by Washington-based SpeedFactory Racing, this highly tuned Honda Civic boasts a 2.0-L inline 4-cylinder fitted with an enormous 86mm Precision Turbo turbocharger, a custom body kit, gutted interior with a roll cage, big drag radials up front, and of course a parachute just in case things get a bit too crazy. This 2,000 hp racing Civic managed to complete the quarter-mile in 7.47 seconds at 215.48 mph, which is currently the world’s fastest for a front-wheel drive car. Read more for the video and additional information.
Just like the coupe, the 2019 McLaren 720s Spider boasts the Monocage II-S carbon tub for the torsional rigidity, but adds a power-operated retractable hardtop that adds just 108-pounds. It’s still powered by the very impressive twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 generating 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 7-speed sequential shift transmission which enables the car to accelerate from 0-60 mph in a blistering 2.8 seconds and 0-124 mph (0-200 km/h) in just 7.9 seconds. If there’s enough road, it can hit a maximum speed of 212 mph with the roof up and 202 mph, when lowered. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
The Lamborghini Urus is farily new, but even without an all-electric drivetrain, the SUV can hold its own against the Tesla Model X P100D. To prove this, DragTimes took these two vehicles to Palm Beach International Raceway and raced down the strip four times. Just to recap, the Urus is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.0L V8 producing 641 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque, ated to an electro-hydraulically controlled 8-speed automatic transmission, enabling it to hit 62mph in just 3.6 seconds, while topping out at 190 mph. Read more for another showdown video, but this time adding in the Mercedes-AMG G63 and Range Rover Sport SVR to the mix.
The Koenigsegg Regera quickly sold out in 2017, but the company is releasing a new model, called “naked carbon”, and it’s exactly what you think. A full carbon fiber body that doesn’t have any lacquer, varnish or epoxy coating covering its weaved surfaces. The company did this for a “more metallic graphite appearance as each graphite strand is now fully exposed.” For those wondering about weight savings, it did knock off about 44 lbs (20 kg) off the standard model. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Ferox Azaris, a six-wheeled all-terrain vehicle, looks to be straight from a science fiction film. Sporting four wheels at the rear, each housing an in-house motor driven by a hydraulic liquid that’s 95% water that can produce up to 2,000 foot-pounds of torque combined. What does this mean, you’ll be able to traverse just about any terrain or obstacle that stands in your way. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Rinspeed microSNAP concept has leaked ahead of CES 2019 next month, and it’s essentially an autonomous electric vehicle designed purely for transporting goods and people. It rides on a skateboard chassis that holds the vehicle’s powertrain as we ll as autonomous driving system, and when the need arises, you’ll be able to easily swap different pods, whether it be for transportation or hauling materials. Read more for additional pictures and information.
It’s inevitable, a Back to the Future prequel, sequel, reboot, or whatever the movie studios decide, but what could possibly replace the iconic DeLorean DMC-12? The upcoming 2020 Tesla Roadster of course, and visual effects artist Jorge Garcia shows us why. Pre-orders of this next-generation Roadster first began in 2017, with a $50,000 USD deposit required. Here’s something you may not know. Tesla owners how participated in the referral promotion that received 55 confirmed referrals managed to obtain a 100% rebate toward a future Roadster purchase. Read more for another video and additional information.
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.