Category Archives: Videos

Giant Pumpkin Puts Pontiac Out Of Misery


O, Utah. The great state with the stagnant lake and strict liquor laws. We thought your finest export was the films of Jared Hess, but it appears you’re branching out into the demolition arts, too. Hee Haw Farms out in Pleasant Grove figured out a way to both prep an enormous pumpkin for baking and to put down an aging Pontiac 6000, and they filmed the results.

What’s truly spectacular is that the chunks of fleshy gourd are all neatly contained inside the cockpit upon impact. It’s almost as though GM engineered these rides knowing that they’d inevitably become the butts of carnival-esque pranks.

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Uncovered: Classic Mini Commercial Featuring Twiggy


Twiggy Mini

Were I given access to a time-travelling hot tub, it’d set the dial to take me back to 1960’s London. No question about it. Not only was the love free, but British rock ‘n roll was cranked up to 11 by the likes of The Kinks, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Troggs, Herman’s Hermits, Donovan, Manfred Mann, The Who and countless more seminal bands. The ‘60s were also a golden age in British car building. During this decade, limey coach builders came out with two of the coolest cars of all times: the Jaguar E-Type roadster and the Mini. Continue reading

BMW’s Electronic Brake Override: The Future For Non-Bavarian Autos Soon?


Weird Car Accident

It used to be that Bimmers were showcases for cutting-edge automotive technology. Were you to draw comparisons to grocery stores, BMW would be a Whole Foods (organic, grass-fed, hormone-free), and Detroit’s Big 3 would be 7-11s (pre-packaged, corn syrup-fortified, jerkyed). However, Washington is tossing around the idea of making one of BMW’s standard safety features mandatory in all North American cars: brake override systems. Continue reading

The Ultimate “Do Not Try This At Home” Stunt… or, DIY Motorcycle Rocket Launchers


Ambitious? Yes. 

Dangerous? Hell Yes. 

Useful? Only when trying to cause a fire or explosion at your local firework stands.

Group B Rally Racing will Get Your Blood Pumping


It’s Monday and it’s December, a deadly combination.  It’s hard to find the energy, and will power, to get out of bed in the morning.  If you’re still feeling grogy, here’s a vid of some old-school Group B-er’s hitting the dusty trails at 80+ MPH.  Better than your average triple expresso…

BREAKING: There was No Pelican


In what seems like an uncanny, unpossible chance of coincidence, there were some guys driving parallel to and videotaping the Bugatti when it crashed into the salty marsh.   From the video, it’s clear that the guys recognized the Veyron as being an exotic car, although they weren’t sure what kind it was.  As they were admiring the ulimate super car,  the Bugatti all of a sudden veers to the right and hits the drink!  The driver reported to the authorities that he swerved to miss a low-flying pelican, but I don’t see a pelican, do you?

Bugatti Veyron Misses Hitting a Pelican?

Bugatti Veyron Misses Hitting a Pelican?

But before we reserve judgment, lets review some freeze frames.  You can see there is a small white smudge in front of the Veyron, which could potentially be a Pelican.  However, the original report stated that the driver swerved to miss a low-flying Pelican… this smudge ain’t flying.  Even if the bird wasn’t flying, if a car came so close to it that the driver had to swerve to miss it, you would think that the bird would be startled enough to fly up in the air, at least a few feet, in an act of self preservation.  There are some strange details to the drivers story, but in a grassy-knoll kinda way, I’m not buying the idea that the white smudge is a pelican.

The sleuths over at AutoBlog did some digging around and discovered that the person driving the 16/4 was none other than Andy House, the owner-operator of Performance Auto Sales, the “leader in Exotic Salvage Restoration”.  So far, this doesn’t look good for Andy as it sounds like it was nothing more than a publicity stunt.  Although this notion is unconfirmed, but it is an unthinkable atrocity to crash an exotic car as rare as the Bugatti Veyron for some kind of business gain.  Sounds pretty bad, huh?

Here’s the crash video.  WARNING: EXPLICIT LANGUAGE, NSFW.

10 Minutes of Pure Rally Crashes


I don’t think there’s a better way to kill 10 minutes on a Friday afternoon…

 

Via AutoBlog

Bugatti Veyron Dodges Pelican, Goes for a Swim in Galveston, Texas


Bugatti Veyron in Salt Water - Galveston, Texas

In Galveston, Texas, a local was driving his run-of-the-mill Bugatti Veyron to go prospect some “high-end” land for development.  As the story goes, he was talking on his cell phone when a pelican flew in front of his 16/4, he dropped his phone, swerved to miss the bird,  and hit a patch of mud.  The end result is in the photo above.

Believe it or not, the $1.6 million dollar Veyron comes with a hands-free bluetooth system built in, so I smell something fishy.  Video of it sitting in the salt-water drink after the jump.

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Fords Inflatable Seat Belts to Save Lives & Necks


Fords Inflatable Seat Belt

The idea is ingenious. We already use airbags in out steering wheels, dash boards, pillars, seats and headliners, so why not put one in a seat belt? If it works as intended, it should spread out the impact forces and reduce the amount of bruising that occurs. This could prove a major benefit for children and elderly people, who are often more prone to injuries during car crashes.  The inflatable belts are only being developed for the rear seats; featuring smooth edges and more padding that a sheepskin seat cover, these belts should prove to be more comfortable to wear that traditional belts.  Expect them to be released in the next generation Ford Explorer first, with more vehicles to follow. Get the full details from Ford after the jump.

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Top Gear is Back this Sunday, November 14th!


Just a heads up to all the Top Gear fans, the boys back in action this Sunday.  I just checked BBC America’s TV schedule and it doesn’t look like they’ll be airing Season 14 any time soon, you’ll have to find other means of watch it.  What will they be getting themselves into this season? Trailer here.

VIDEO: Amphibious Hummer Doubles as Submarine


As if we haven’t had enough weird personal projects today, this Hummer’s been modified with a snorkel intake and exhaust that would make Scuba Steve jealous…

VIDEO: Ken Block’s STi on SnowCat Tracks!!


We’ve seen this before, but only during a brief 15-second clip taken with a cell phone, which really isn’t much to go on.  But now the day has come where Ken Block shows the world his top secret project.  You could say that Ken Block has built the worlds biggest sled, or maybe even that it’s the boldest application of Subaru’s legendary AWD system.  If it were me, I’d call it the ultimate ski lift.

 

Scent of a Volvo: Blind Man Draws the New S60 for Promo


Blind-Man-Draws-Volvo-S60

The human ability is something that never ceases to amaze me.  As we continue to push the limits of our lives, people are constantly raising the bar another notch. Case in point is Eşref Armağan, a blind artist who was chosen to draw out the new Volvo S60, a car that no one has seen. Volvo says the new S60 will be a game changer, a car that surpasses all it’s predecessors.  For now, they can’t provide us with any details, but they would like to offer us a blind preview of what it’s going to look like. Hit the jump to see the viral-tastic video, or follow Volvo’s blind preview on Facebook.

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Hennessey CTS-V: So Fast, On-Star Called


It’s not very often that a car is so blindingly fast that it’s on board computer management systems thinks there’s a problem. Well if it’s going to happen to anyone, it’s going to happen to John Hennessy and his crew. Watch as their 700 pony-pushing CTS-V runs an 11 second quarter-mile, and then procedes to alert On-Star because .99 G’s of acceleration registers as a “vehicle event”.

PS: This CTS-V SCREAMS!

Supposedly, it was the best drift ever…


Looks pretty crazy to me, but I don’t know if it’s as good as Ken Blocks drifting stunts.

 

Via the Examiner

Why Do Rally Drivers Need Co-Pilots?


Subaru-Rally-Car

Friends have asked me this question before. They seem to think its as easy as knowing the race course, kinda like F1.  But rally is totally different; the courses are longer, road conditions vary and there are obstacles around every turn, not to mention fans hanging out on the track.

Watch as Irish rally driver Jimmy Deane pushes a Ford Escort MkII to the limits.  Driving instructions come from Barry Meade, the co-driver, whose driving instruction is so overwhelmingly positive, you’d think his day job was being a motivational speaker.

 

Via AutoBlog and their sources…

Incredible Video: Car Narrowly Misses Being T-Boned in an Intersection


It really doesn’t get much closer than this…

Clever Subaru Ad Surprises, Leaves You with a Springtime Scent


Capitalizing on the outdoorsy nature of the Subaru name, this ad explains how Subaru could be coming to a laundry room near you.  Subaru 1, Mud 0.

National Geographic Tours the Lambo Factory


In NG’s latest documentary, they head to the Lamborghini factory to find out how much work goes into building a raging bull. In this video, they show the attention to detail that the technicians use when painting the body panels.

Mythbusters Blows Up a Camry, No One Mourns


Mythbuster’s compares Hollywood explosions to Mafia-style executions.  In the first blast, there are just a few gallons a gasoline and a small amount of explosives to ignite the flammables.  But in the second explosion, they used hundreds of pounds of explosives in the hood, trunk and cabin to turn the well-built import into a few hunks of twisted metal. Loose the Monday blues by enjoying carnage and destruction that only Mythbuster’s can deliver.