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Self-Balancing Mecanum Wheel Bike

Self-Balancing Mecanum Wheel Bike

Engineer James Bruton adds to his collection of unusual vehicles with the creation of a single-seater that rolls on four 3D-printed mechanum wheels. The not-quite-a-bike uses motors and an inertial measurement unit to remain balanced. By changing the speed and direction of each wheel, it can move forward, backward, sideways, and spin around on a dime. Its agility is quite impressive.

Testing an Old-Time Car Safety Device

Testing an Old-Time Car Safety Device

Long before seatbelts, airbags, and anti-lock brakes, there were plenty of well-intentioned but ill-conceived automotive safety devices. With big trucks and SUVs causing greater concerns about pedestrian safety, I Did a Thing dusted off one such invention – the Pedestrian Catcher – and tested it to see how effective it could be.

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Decathlon X Outercraft HydroBike

Decathlon X Outercraft HydroBike

Don’t have the balance to use a stand-up paddleboard? Decathlon teamed up with Outercraft to design the Hydrobike – a unique watercraft that combines a paddleboard, pedal boat, and catamaran. It has inflatable floats, a single-seat, and modular storage for outdoor gear. It’s a proof-of-concept at this point, but we hope to see it go into production.

How to Put an SUV in an Elevator

How to Put an SUV in an Elevator

Infiniti revealed its fancy new 2025 QX80 high above Manhattan on The Edge observation deck. To get the 6,000 pound, three-row luxury SUV onto the outdoor sky deck, a crew spent weeks carefully taking apart then reassembling the vehicle, and took 100 elevator rides to bring the QX80 to the top, piece-by-piece.

Driven: 2024 Nissan Z NISMO

Driven: 2024 Nissan Z NISMO

The current-gen Nissan Z is the best it’s ever been – with great power, crisp handling, and slick modern looks that pay homage to Nissan’s classic sports cars. For the ultimate Z car, you’ll want the Z NISMO, which provides faster acceleration, stiffer suspension, aerodynamic enhancements, and other goodies that make the Z more track-ready than ever.

2025 Toyota 4Runner

2025 Toyota 4Runner

It’s been 15 years since Toyota fully redesigned the 4Runner, but it looks like it was worth the wait. The 2025 4Runner has a sharp, chiseled new look that matches the new Tacoma and two new engines – including a robust i-FORCE MAX hybrid. Rugged Trailhunter and deluxe Platinum grades join the SR5, TRD Sport, Limited, and TRD Pro this time.

Bentley Belonging Bentayga Art Car

Bentley Belonging Bentayga Art Car

Bentley’s latest masterpiece is a unique Bentayga Hybrid hand-painted by Stephen Wiltshire, MBE, an autistic savant architectural artist who can sketch detailed cityscapes after a single viewing. Titled “Belonging Bentayga,” the $200K+ Alpine Green car features 29 people and landmarks to embody the unity and diversity of our world while celebrating neurodivergence and craftsmanship.

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19-Tire Go-Kart

19-Tire Go-Kart

We stopped counting tires at 19, but it’s possible that this crazy looking homebrew go-kart has more than that. We’re not sure why this guy built such a ridiculous vehicle but it’s entertaining to see him driving around on it. It’s probably has mad oversteer with all of those rear tires so it could be a fun drift machine.

Lexus GX 550 Scent Mode

Lexus GX 550 Scent Mode

The internet is packed with April Fools Day pranks today, and this is one of our favorites. Lexus put together this hilarious commercial for a fictitious and fragrant feature for their new GX 550 SUV – a “Scent Mode” that helps you connect with nature even when you’re stuck in city traffic.

Driven: Dodge Hornet GT

Driven: Dodge Hornet GT

It might not be a muscle car, but the Dodge Hornet is more fun to drive than most compact crossovers. It has a zesty powertrain, dynamic handling, and a sporty interior with premium materials. We spent a week getting to know this fully loaded 2023 Hornet GT Plus model, though the 2024 model is identical.

Genesis GV60 Magma Concept

Genesis GV60 Magma Concept

Genesis is teasing a new Magma performance vehicle line. The closest to production-ready is the GV60 Magma, a souped-up version of their electric crossover with upgraded aerodynamics and cooling, a wider, lower stance, and 21-inch wheels with integrated brake cooling. Inside, it has bucket sport seats with Nappa and suede leather, and body-colored seatbacks.

2024 Jeep Vacationeer Concept

2024 Jeep Vacationeer Concept

One of the vehicles headed to the 2024 Easter Jeep Safari is this overland-modded Grand Wagoneer. The Spearmint green SUV is lifted 1.5″, rolls on 35″ BFGoodrich mud-terrain tires, has skid plates, a WARN winch, and TYRI LED lighting. Topping off the Vacationeer is a RedTail Overland Skyloft rooftop camper that can be accessed from inside the SUV.

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Making a Turbine Engine Skateboard

Making a Turbine Engine Skateboard

We’ve seen a skateboard powered by a pulsejet; now, here’s one that uses a turbine. After explaining how turbine engines work, Integza created a replica of the turbine used by the infamous V-2 rocket. He had the main part fabricated by JLC3DP and then made a set of reduction gears to increase torque. The turbine spins when exposed to high-pressure gas.

R/C Electric Rhino Tank

R/C Electric Rhino Tank

A while back, Colin Furze built an unusual vehicle known as a Rhino tank. Its dome-shaped wheels were supposed to provide grip in the mud but ended up just getting him stuck. Fellow maker James Bruton took a stab at building a smaller, R/C version with electric motors in hopes that the added torque would improve his chances of success.

2025 Infiniti QX80

2025 Infiniti QX80

Infiniti’s redesigned QX80 is the embodiment of luxury. Its design was inspired by a bamboo forest, with a dramatic new grille and segmented LED headlamps. There’s a new 3.5L turbo V6 engine, increased passenger space, dual 14.3″ displays, new camera views, and comfort upgrades, like available second-row massaging seats and third-row heated seats.

Driven: 2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line AWD

Driven: 2024 Kia EV9 GT-Line AWD

Kia’s three-row EV9 GT-Line AWD is the best overall vehicle we’ve driven in the past 12 months. It looks spectacular, has a spacious and comfortable cabin, packs the latest technology – oh, and it accelerates as quickly as a sports car. With concept car styling, luxury appointments, solid driving range, and fast charging, it’s as good as electric vehicles get.

Tesla Gigafactory Berlin Fly-through 2.0

Tesla Gigafactory Berlin Fly-through 2.0

Electric vehicle maker Tesla takes us on an updated tour of Gigafactory Berlin. The drone’s-eye view of the factory puts viewers as close as they’ll ever get to metal stamping presses, industrial robots, and other massive machines. Tesla expects the facility to crank out hundreds of thousands of its Model Y crossovers and millions of battery cells.

Photon Pro Glow-in-the-Dark E-Bike

Photon Pro Glow-in-the-Dark E-Bike

E-bike maker Superhuman created this unique bicycle with a glow-in-the-dark frame and sidewalls. The phosphorescent paint helps with nighttime visibility and looks amazing. The bike has a 350-watt hub-drive motor that can hit speeds up to 28 mph, and its stealthy removable battery provides up to 50 miles of range. Enter by 4.4.2024 for a chance to win one.

Kiddie Ride Motorcycle Patrol

Kiddie Ride Motorcycle Patrol

You know those kiddie rides they have at malls? The mad geniuses of Dutch outfit Actic! converted some of the pint-sized motorcycle rides into something they can drive around at festivals and parades. This Instagram clip from wbikekustom shows officers of the Kiddie Ride Police Patrol keeping an eye out for scofflaws. Your electric pony is no match!

TheBlockZone Car Kits

TheBlockZone Car Kits

TheBlockZone sells models inspired by supercars, trucks, and motorcycles. The kits are designed by car fans and brick-building experts and range from 500 to 11,000 pieces, many with remote-controlled features. Some of our faves are the Widebody German Coupe, the British Off-Roader, The Ultimate Italian Classic, and the Time Machine Pickup.

Driven: 2024 Range Rover Velar Dynamic SE

Driven: 2024 Range Rover Velar Dynamic SE

It’s been a few years since we drove a Range Rover Velar. Since then, Land Rover has made a few updates to the graceful SUV, including a powerful mild-hybrid drivetrain, a new, single touchscreen setup, and tweaks to its front and rear styling. It’s still one of the sleekest luxury sedans you can buy and looks just as modern as it did the day it debuted.

Car Shakes Off Snow Like a Puppy Dog

Car Shakes Off Snow Like a Puppy Dog

Getting all the snow off your car when you park it outside can be a pain. Chinese automotive company NIO shows off an unconventional use for its SkyRide active suspension system: making its flagship ET9 sedan shake off a thick blanket of snow like a cold puppy dog. Just don’t do it inside the garage, ET9. Good boy.

Rivian R2, R3, and R3X SUVs

Rivian R2, R3, and R3X SUVs

EV maker Rivian revealed not one, but three new models. The boxy R2 is a mid-size family SUV, the R3 is an adventurous crossover, and the R3X is a performance-oriented version with off-road chops. Rivian CEO and founder RJ Scaringe talks up the brand and shows off the new vehicles and their features. Reserve the $45,000 R2 for 2026 delivery.

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