Harnessing the power of a 2,400-Wh lithium-ion battery & the torque of 4 electric motors, The Daymak Blast C5 Ultimate is the world’s fastest consumer go-kart. It snaps from 0-60 in just 1.5 seconds, nearly twice as fast as the Tesla Model S.
With its classic British motorsport styling, Lister’s Knobbly Sports Racer is a truly bespoke roadster, featuring a completely handmade body and powered by an aluminum Jaguar 3.8-liter six married to a 4-speed gearbox. The motors are built using new re-manufactured parts and cranked up to produce 330 BHP with a top speed of 180MPH. The Knobbly is Lister’s first fully road-legal vehicle. Let’s hope more models will follow. Production is due to begin in September 2017, with customer deliveries planned for June 2018.
Created by Google co-founder Larry Page, the forthcoming Kitty Hawk Flyer is an all-electric aerial vehicle designed to fly over water. It requires no pilot’s license just bravado, a helmet, and maybe some life insurance, too. You can apparently learn to fly it in just minutes but when it goes on sale at the end of 2017, the design will look different than the prototype in this video. No word yet on pricing.
The RPHA11 motorcycle helmet from HJC is now available with Star Wars-inspired paint jobs featuring Kylo Ren & Boba Fett. These DOT-approved high performance helmets are packed with HJC’s best features including fog-resistant visor lenses and Advanced Channeling Ventilation System (ACVS) that improves airflow and releases humidity through vents in the back of the helmet.
Customize your ride with Pirelli’s latest tire technology, their new Formula One-inspired P Zero high-performance tires that feature bright colored sidewalls & graphics that will never fade. Choose red, yellow, silver or white. These tires also feature the new Connesso chip, which measures tire pressure, tire temperature, vertical load, wear, and kilometers driven per tire with all the data sent directly to the driver’s smartphone.
BMW has created a sporty new variant of their M4 Coupe. The limited-edition M4 CS. With an increase of 10 horsepower over the standard M4, the CS inline turbocharged 6-cylinder snaps from 0-60 in 3.9 seconds with a top speed of 174 MPH. It features Adaptive M suspension, Alcantara seats & door panels, and to shave pounds, a lightweight roof made of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic.
Officially unveiled this week at the Shanghai Auto Show, the updated Mercedes S Class sedan is fresh. It got a full interior redesign similar to new E-Class models that features two widescreen displays & massaging seats. The exterior got a new grill and rear fascia & bumper as well as new LED taillights. Push-button cylinder deactivation improves fuel economy and the new autonomous driving mode is more accurate & reliable than ever. The new Mercedes-Benz S-Class is expected to arrive in the United States this fall.
BrakeFree is an ultra-bright smart LED brake light that mounts onto the back of your helmet and has built-in sensors that automatically light up to let other drivers know whenever you’re braking, engine braking, or downshifting. Unlike your bike’s taillight, BrakeFree is at eye level, so it’s easier to see. It’s an additional safety feature—motorcyclists need those—and it requires no wired installation or connected apps. A funded Indiegogo.
With the most powerful V8 ever put into a production car, the forthcoming Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is supercharged drag racer that generates a neck-snapping 840 horsepower, making it a straight-line monster. So fast the NHRA banned it from competition. It’s a speeding ticket waiting to happen, if they can catch you. The Demon tears off the line going from zero to 60 in 2.3 seconds pulling 1.8 G’s (neck-snap) and posts a quarter-mile drag time of 9.65 seconds at over 140 MPH.
If you ever pondered the possibilities of going full Frankenstein & merging a Jeep with a muscle car, the forthcoming Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is that monster come to life. It’s Jeep’s top-of-the-line sport utility fitted with a 707-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 powerplant capable of 0-60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 180MPH.
Due to be unveiled at the New York International Motor Show this week, Infinity’s re-designed flagship SUV, the 2018 QX80 Monograph features a new Rover-esque “floating roof” design achieved by a combination of blacking out the A-Pillars & dark tint on the glass. Few other details on this luxury Super-Size SUV are available until it rolls out under the lights this week at the Javits Center in NYC.
Modern Mini Coopers are cool but there’s no substitute for the ultra-compact original. And now David Brown Automotive is making them better that ever: completely customized and cleaned-up the classic silhouettes, reworking the original drivetrain to thoroughly modern standards as well as building them out with properly luxurious interiors. In terms of power & performance, they are up to 50% more powerful & feature new custom-crafted gearboxes, disc brakes & everything else you can imagine.
The Tremor from Lotus Caravans is a top-of-the-line luxury compact camper loaded with premium features like German composite paneling on the exterior and Control Ride independent suspension underneath as well as a solar-powered electrical system. Interiors are fully customizable with options like Laminex Diamond Glass bench tops, recessed LED lighting, refrigerator, stainless gas stovetop & oven, washing machine, bathroom, shower & more.
If only the Toyota HiLux was available in the states. Maybe someday. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the dreamy HiLux Tonka Concept. Like the ultimate life-size toy truck, this fully-functional overbuilt beast is a lifted, loaded Tonka-truck inspired mix between a rock crawler and a desert racer and if you’re lucky enough to be in Australia this spring, you can see it drive live at events across the country.
With the Reborn series, Jaguar Land Rover Classic will offer ultra limited-edition classic Jaguar Series 1 E-Types in small batches, starting with ten 60s-era cars available this year. According to Jag the cars are “expertly sourced and comprehensively restored” using Jaguar Classic parts as well as Jaguar Classic reverse-engineered body panels as needed. When complete, each car will be meticulously finished and fresh as a newborn.