How about an autonomous electric vehicle with an integrated hot bath? Introducing the Honda Onsen. When the door opens, you’ll see that one half is a normal bench seat facing backwards, but step into the other part? It’s a gimbal-stabilized, watertight cylindrical cell that can be used as a high-tech hot spring of sorts, complete with a massage jet-equipped seat. Getting too steamy? There’s an outlet to funnel the steam out of the cabin. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Based on on a new platform, the Honda e’s exterior design by Yuki Terai pays homage to the first generation Honda Civic and is about the same length as the Honda Fit. A 35.5 kWh Lithium-ion battery sends powers to the rear wheels and can be charged using a Type 2 AC connection or a CCS2 DC rapid charger – up to 80 percent charge in just 30 minutes. When fully charged, you can expect a 124-mile range, which is plenty of city cruising.
Honda’s all-new Mean Mower V2 builds upon its predecessor and sets even more records. At the Dekra Lausitzring, this lawnmower accelerated from 0-60 mph in under 3-seconds, 0-100 mph in 6.29 seconds, and managed to hit a top speed of 150.99 mph, driven by Jess Hawkins, an experienced kart as well stunt driver. “The original Mean Mower was an incredible machine; but this time we’ve taken it to a whole new level, with version two. After taking the top speed record in 2014, we wanted to do something a little different by setting an all-new record for acceleration, and the result is fantastic. Team Dynamics have gone above and beyond in developing and building this real feat of engineering, and hats off to Jess for being brave enough to get behind the wheel!,” said Honda UK Managing Director, Dave Hodgetts. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Tesla’s Sentry mode is designed to protect against break-ins and theft by using the car’s external cameras to watch for potential threats. Recently, two men were captured keying a Model 3, and the footage (above) has gone viral online. One Model 3 owner didn’t want to take a chance so they replaced the original badges with ones from a Honda Civic Si, complete with the VTEC sticker. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Honda UK’s Project Engineering department wanted to create a Civic Type R unlike any that the internet has seen, so they built “Project P,” and as you may have already guessed, it’s a makeshift pickup truck of sorts. Instead of rear seats, a truck bed was installed, while keeping the Type R body kit and large rear wing. Fortunately, the 2.0L turbocharged inline-four engine also stayed, enabling it to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in under 6 seconds. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Software company owner Jim Belosic has been modifying cars since he knew how and his latest project, the “Teslonda,” is still continuing to wow auto enthusiasts and the internet alike. Simply put, it’s based on a 1981 Honda Accord, but with a Tesla subframe as well as drive unit, along with Chevy Volt batteries. The custom-built vehicle may look a bit strange, but its speed definitely makes up for it, as it can accelerate from 0-60 in a mere 2.43-seconds and zip through the quarter mile in just 10.85-seconds. Read more for another video and additional information.
The 2019 Acura NSX can be had in various premium color paint jobs, with red, black, or white being standard. If you want orange pearl, silver metallic, or white pearl, it’ll cost you an additional $700, complete with an extra clear coat. At the very top of the premium colors is the $6,000 “Andaro” paint option in blue pearl and red pearl. Why is it so expensive? Well, it’s a “nano-particle aerospace innovation,” according to the automaker. Read more for a video and additional information.
Industrial designer and motorcycle enthusiast Tom Hylton wanted those who have lost a limb to enjoy one of his passions. So, he designed a bionic arm system for trans-humeral and trans-radial amputees. The prosthetic arm is attached to the shoulder and then plugs directly into the superbike’s handlebar. Best of all, it features a brain computer interface that sends based on the rider’s intentions. Read more for additional pictures and information.
US-based Vandal, based in metro Detroit, has just unveiled the Vandal One, which looks like a cross between a Corvette and F1 car. Featuring a full carbon fiber monocoque chassis, carbon fiber body panels, and an engine from the new Civic Type R, all in a 1,224-pound package that is designed for the track. The base model churns out 340 hp from the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, but you can also opt for an upgrade package that boosts power to 560 hp. It boasts a pushrod front and rear suspension, using JRi adjustable dampers and sway bars. Plus, every car features a cloud-based telemetry system that enables real-time monitoring of vehicle data by your pit crew team. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Drag Times recently pit a stock Lamborghini Huracan, aside from Toyo R888Rs tires, against a modded second-generation Acura NSX complete with a custom ECU tune, a full custom exhaust, and a methanol injection system that pushes the twin-turbo V6 hybrid to 610 horsepower at the wheels, which means its generating anywhere between 650 horsepower and 700 horsepower at the crank. Read more to see if the Japanese supercar was able to taken down the Italian beast.