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  • Bugatti Chiron Lego Technic life-size model

    Legos have remained the go-to building blocks for decades to exercise the freedom of creativity, and today, they're capable of producing some wild creations. Now, we can add a life-size drivable Bugatti Chiron to the list of insane builds. Yes, the Bugatti Chiron seen here is made entirely from Lego and Lego Technic pieces to recreate the supercar in stunning detail. Lego said in the Thursday announcement that the model is the first large-scale movable car made of bricks. It features one million Lego Technic parts and weighs over 1.5 tons. To give it power, 2,304 motors and 4,032 Lego technic...

  • PaxPower Ford F-150 Raptor conversion
    PaxPower is building the modern V-8 Ford Raptor you know you want

    The Ford F-150 Raptor is a capable, powerful, and all-around awesome machine straight from the factory. You could pick one up at the dealership and head straight to Baja. Still, plenty of folks miss the noise from the prior version, which was fitted with a V-8 engine. PaxPower is clawing out its...

  • Bugatti Divo
    Bugatti Divo deep dive: Made for corners

    Bugatti has a track-focused model in its lineup. It's called the Divo, and it was shown for the first time Friday at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in Monterey, California. While Bugatti's Chiron is all about combining speed and luxury, the Divo, as Bugatti openly states, was made for corners...

  • Teaser for McLaren Speedtail debuting October 26
    McLaren Speedtail coming with more than 987 horsepower

    McLaren plans to unveil its spiritual successor to the famed F1 later this year and we now have a ballpark horsepower figure for the hyper GT named Speedtail. Speaking to Top Gear, McLaren CEO Mike Flewitt said he can't share exactly how much power the Speedtail makes but "it’s more than 987...

  • Formula E Gen2 race car
    Formula E creating off-road Extreme E series

    Formula E has its sights set on tackling extreme terrain. The all-electric racing series is developing an off-road spec series with the goal of racing in challenging environments all over the globe. It will be called Extreme E, and it could be ready to (silently) rock by 2020. According to...

  • 2007 Koenigsegg CCGT race car prototype
    Koenigsegg might race in Le Mans' new Hypercar class

    Koenigsegg may be among the automakers fielding a car in the new Hypercar class set to be introduced in the 2020/2021 season of the World Endurance Championship, whose final round will be the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In an interview with Top Gear magazine published Wednesday, Koenigsegg CEO and founder...

  • McLaren Senna testing at the Nürburgring

    After Porsche's 918 Spyder ran a 6:57 lap of the Nürburgring in 2013, which was a record for production cars at the time, McLaren backed out of the challenge and instead claimed its rival P1 could go under the 7:00 mark without providing any proof, leaving many to question the credibility of the claim. Ferrari, meanwhile, was a complete no-show. Fast forward to today and the fastest production car around the 'Ring is the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ, which earlier this year ran a 6:44.97. McLaren also has a new addition to its flagship Ultimate Series in the form of the Senna, which the...

  • 2019 McLaren Senna, Portugal Media Drive, June 2018
    McLaren electric supercar must last at least 30 minutes on the track, says CEO

    McLaren Automotive has every intention to move away from cars powered purely by internal-combustion engines, but it's not ready to go fully electric just yet. And that's because battery technology simply isn't where the brand needs it to be. The supercar and sports car manufacturer's CEO, Mike...

  • Byton M-Byte electric SUV prototype
    Byton M-Byte electric SUV begins real-world tests

    Following a reveal at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show, Chinese electric car startup Byton is showing it's full-speed ahead for its debut model, the M-Byte crossover SUV. The company announced on Tuesday that it's begun testing prototype vehicles in the real world in Nanjing, China. Company...

  • Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel at the 2018 Formula 1 Belgian Grand Prix
    Ferrari reclaims Spa record with F1 race car

    Porsche made headlines in April when its 919 Evo tribute/time attack car trekked to Belgium's Spa-Francorchamps in an effort to lay the smack down on the track record. Driver Neel Jani ripped off a 1:41.770, which bested the prior track record of 1:42.553 set by a 2017 Mercedes-AMG Formula 1 race...

  • Jeep Wrangler Moab Edition
    Moab Edition added to the 2018 Jeep Wrangler lineup

    Jeep and Moab go together like apple pie and ice cream. Every year, the automaker holds its annual Easter Safari in Moab, Utah, and thousands of Jeep lovers flock to this off-road mecca in an exercise of shared passion. To commemorate its love affair with all things Moab, Jeep is serving up its...

  • Nio Formula E race car, EP9, ES8 and Eve concept car
    Nio launches IPO, shares to start trading mid-September

    Chinese electric car startup Nio on Tuesday launched an initial public offering, with its filing revealing the company intends to sell 160 million shares priced between $6.25 and $8.25. Hitting a share price in the upper range would raise $1.3 billion for the company's coffers and see it valued at...

  • 2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera

    Reports of Aston Martin launching an initial public offering (IPO) date back as far as the brand’s sale by Ford to a consortium led by Prodrive founder David Richards in 2008. Now it appears that the IPO is close to happening. The automaker announced Wednesday its intention to potentially launch an IPO on the London Stock Exchange and said a prospectus for the offer will be made available around September 20. Should all go to plan, a newly-incorporated company would become the parent of Aston Martin, and a minimum of 25 percent of the company would be floated. Some existing Aston Martin...

  • 2019 Aurus Senat
    Aurus Senat: Civilian version of Putin's limo makes 2018 Moscow auto show debut

    Well-heeled Russians will soon be able to roll around in the same car as their president, Vladimir Putin. New Russian luxury car brand Aurus used this week's 2018 Moscow auto show to unveil the civilian version of the Senat sedan. This is the car that forms the basis of Russia's newest state...

  • Audi S5 with Tesla Model S powertrain swap
    This Audi S5 has a Tesla Model S powertrain

    Engine swaps are an integral part of automotive culture. For decades, gearheads have ripped out factory engines and replaced them with something superior, at least in their eyes. Perhaps the powertrain in the Tesla Model S will soon become the GM LS V-8 swap of the future for those who prefer...

  • Project Gold: 911 restomod
    Why Porsche's Project Gold 911 isn't street legal in most countries

    Porsche pulled the wraps off of Project Gold, a resto-modded 993-generation 911 sports car to much fanfare last week. The 993-generation 911 is special to Porsche aficionados: it was the final air-cooled Porsche 911, the first to feature twin turbochargers, and it boasted the nameplate's first...

  • Audi A4 Ultrasport
    Audi A4 Ultrasport returns, limited to 40 cars

    It appears Audi of America has come up with a proper way to send off the last Audi A4 sedans equipped with a manual transmission—and the results should tickle A4 enthusiasts. Although we're saddened to learn the 2019 A4 and A5 will drop the manual-transmission option for the new model year...

  • Lyft Oregon Trail Celebration
    Get a Lyft in a covered wagon to celebrate the Oregon Trail

    Lyft is no stranger to fun promotional tie-ins, and the latest celebrates 175 years of the Oregon Trail. This week, Lyft will offer covered wagon rides in downtown Portland, Oregon, free of charge to commemorate the historic route. Fifteen-minute rides will be given in the covered wagon with...

  • Meet the Limo-Jet

    Some fancy folks like to be chauffered in a limousine. Others with even more cash opt to travel in high style in a private jet. A company called Jetsetter, Inc. looked at both options and thought, why not combine the two? That's how the company came up with the Limo-Jet. The Limo-Jet made its debut at KnowledgeFest in Dallas, which was held August 17-19. The plane upon which this limousine is based is a Lear Jet. Though it soars no more, it roars because it's loaded to the gills with audio gear. Guests will find a 4,500-watt stereo system that can likely replicate the noise once created by...

  • Batman pulled over in Ontario, Canada
    Batman pulled over by police despite not breaking the law

    The Dark Knight found himself with a set of flashing red and blue lights behind him recently in Caledon, Ontario, Canada. It appears Batman was pulled over by a police officer, but not for breaking the law. The man, who takes his role as Batman very seriously, is Stephen Lawrence and he's assumed...

  • 2019 Ford Mustang
    Ford's Mustang-inspired electric SUV won't use Mach 1 name

    Ford's performance-oriented electric SUV due in 2020 won't be called a Mach 1. Ford teased the possibility of using the name of the cherished Mustang trim for the SUV back in January, but a strong negative response from fans has persuaded the automaker to seek another name. "We put that out there...

  • 2017 Ford GT originally commissioned by John Cena - Image via Russo and Steele
    John Cena's 2017 Ford GT sold again, this time for $1.5M

    The mockery of Ford's attempts to block flippers from profiting from early sales of the GT supercar continues with news that the 2017 example originally ordered by actor and pro-wrestler John Cena has been sold for the second time. The car went under the hammer at Russo and Steele's auction held...

  • Self-driving prototype with “virtual eyes” technology
    Jaguar Land Rover tests self-driving cars that look alive

    Jaguar Land Rover has revealed a technology that will be trialed to see whether it helps build the public's trust toward self-driving cars. The technology is a set of “virtual eyes” that have been installed on a self-driving pod car currently used in trials for the Autodrive project in...

  • 2019 Ford Mustang
    Next Ford Mustang said to be coming in 2021, and with available AWD

    Ford is in the process of developing a redesign for its Mustang, one that will see the car move to a modular platform now that the Blue Oval is shrinking its platform count to just five. Automotive News (subscription required) reported Monday that the redesigned Mustang, the seventh generation of a...

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