Earlier this year, Hyundai showed up at the San Diego Comic Con with a Hyundai Veloster-based zombie-fighting vehicle. Apparently they weren’t satisfied with just one “Zombie Survival Machine”, and so now they’re back with another. This time at the New York Comic Con.
This time around however it wasn’t Hyundai designers who penned the vehicle. Instead it was dreamt-up by Anson Kuo, a Hyundai Santa Fe owner, and winner of The Walking Dead Chop Shop configurator app. Kuo’s design was picked from over 82,500 submissions.
“My main design goal was to make the vehicle as stealthy and spacious as possible,” said Kuo. “I knew knives and blades would be the best bet for weaponry – they could slice and dice the zombies without releasing any ammunition. Basing the design on the Santa Fe allows space for extra passengers as well as weapons, supplies and all the other necessary items needed during a real zombie apocalypse.”
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Milan is over 100 miles from the nearest sea. Strange then that a submarine appears to have surfaced in the middle of the city. There can be only two explanations for this event. One. Milan has a massive sewer system which is capable of being navigated by subs. Or two. Somebody’s been getting creative at the ad agency.
Of course it’s two. Milan-based agency M&C SAATCHI have placed a fiberglass submarine codenamed #L1F3 onto the streets of the city and surrounded it by what looks like broken concrete and an unlucky SMART car. To add to the realism, there are firemen (actors) who look to be trying to extract the sub, and even a hapless crew sitting bemused in the conning tower!
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The landlocked Eastern European country of Belarus is home to Europe’s last dictatorship, having been ruled by the corrupt and incresingly authoritarian Alexander Lukashenko since 1994. But putting that grim little statistic aside, Belarus also now lays claim to being the manufacturer of the world’s largest dump truck. It isn’t official yet, the Guinness World Record is yet to be confirmed, but that’s just formalities. The current record holder can only carry 360 tons.
The BelAZ 75710 can carry 450 metric tons of whatever-you-want in its massive bucket. It’s primary mission will be to haul rocks and rubble away from large open mines. Powering the BelAZ 75710 dump truck are two 65-litre 16-cylinder turbocharged diesel engines. Together they produce 4,600 horsepower and 13,738 lb-ft of torque! Top speed is 40 mph.
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Even if you’re not a gamer, you’ve surely heard of the 18-rated Grand Theft Auto (GTA) series of games. Reknowned for their dark comedy story lines, massive open maps and “mischievous” missions. Oh yeah and there’s some stuff about hookers, running down innocent pedestrians and blowing off steam with a chainsaw in a shopping mall.
One of the best bits about Grand Theft Auto has always been the large assortment of vehicles. Not just cars, but bikes, boats, choppers and even jets. They’re all there, quite literally, for the taking. One of the best known cars from the franchise is the Banshee, or Bravado Banshee to give it its full name. This Viper-esque sports car has been around since GTA III. It’s one of the quicker cars on the game, and has a bit of a reputation for kicking the back end out unexpectedly. Much like the Viper.
It makes sense then that Rockstar Games chose this car to build (in real life!) with the help of West Coast Customs, to help spread the word that the long-awaited GTA V was on its way.
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There’s papercraft projects, and then there’s this. A guy by the name of Taras Lesko, who also goes by the alias Visual Spicer, has just put the finishing touches to his latest creation. It’s a half-scale replica of a Lamborghini Aventador pursuit car, and it’s made entirely from paper. The fact it’s so flamable only makes it even more realistic.
Called the Aventador A-E2, the project cost him roughly $1,000. Money well spent according to Lesko who now has it proudly mounted on his wall. It measures 8 foot long, and weighs 25 lbs (11.3 kgs).
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In 1968, a young Norwegian by the name of Einar Stranden started building his own car. He was 18 and armed with only one power tool, a 2-speed electric drill. His workshop was an old barn, and during the build process he fell through the rotten floorboards no less than three times. 8,000 man hours and 4 years later he had a finished car – which he subsequently called the Stranden Scorpione. The Norwegian transport authorities approved the vehicle for the road, and kindly provided him with the registration number UE129 007.
The original engine and transmission came courtesty of Volkswagen, who donated the parts after inviting Einar to their Wolfburg plant and being impressed with his project. The car is after all based on a Beetle chassis. The custom-made fiberglass bodywork was designed and fabricated by Einar himself. He drew inspiration from the Lamborghini Espada and Miura, as well as other contemporary Italian supercars. The taillights are from a Fiat 850, and the indicators flash to the beat of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. Seriously.
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Ever wondered what the world would be like with just 100 cars. No? Well me neither. But the folks at Buy Auto Insurance did, and they made a pretty little infographic for everyone to see. They’ve broken the data down into; where the cars are made, where they’re sold, what drivetrains they have and what colors they are.
Rather unsurprisingly the results show that the world’s most average car is a Japanese-built, white-painted, gasoline-fueled car with a manual transmission. If you currently drive such a car, consider yourself to be very predictable. Continue reading ‘What it would be like if there were just 100 cars’ »
There are many, many vehicle related jobs out there. Ranging from the normal ones – like mechanics and bus drivers – to the extraordinary ones – like racing drivers and fighter pilots. And then there are jobs which are truly breathtaking, either because they’re so mind-blowingly awsome, or so ridiculously dangerous. Usually a combination of the two.
Listed here are 5 jobs which are so extreme only a special kind of person would even think of showing up for their first day.
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As part of their campaign to highlight the new Octavia vRS in the UK, Skoda have taken to building oversized everyday items. Their first creation was the ‘vRS Mega Man-Pram‘ – a baby buggy designed to appeal to dads who wanted something a little more rugged. And their second creation is this, a monster truck ice cream van.
The Skoda monter truck ice cream van stands 21 feet tall and weighs 5 and a half tons. It will feature in a new TV commercial due to start airing later in August. In the ad the man-pram and monster truck ice cream van will star alongside a giant toy trike and a high-powered lawn mower.
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According to researchers at the University of Quebec and McGill University in Montreal, birds take off from the road at different distances to oncoming cars depending on the speed limit on that section of road, and not, as you might think, depending on the speed of the car.
The researchers, Pierre Legagneux and Simon Ducatez, studied birds taking off from different stretches of road in France. They discovered that on roads with a 30 mph (50 km/h) speed limit, birds took off on average when the car was 15 metres (50 feet) away. But on roads with a 70 mph (110 km/h) speed limit they would get out of the way when the car was at a distance of around 75 metres (250 feet). That all seems logical so far…
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