Video: SpaceX Grasshopper Reusable Rocket tested to 325m (1066 feet)

SpaceX Grasshopper reusable rocket

Some amateur rocketeers are content to play with two-foot tall replicas of the Apollo rocket. But if you’re the Billionaire Elon Musk, co-founder of Paypal, and now electric car company owner and private spaceflight pioneer, then you can go bigger. Much bigger.

The SpaceX Grasshopper is a reusable rocket which is about 10 storeys tall. It consists of a Falcon 9 rocket first stage, Merlin 1D engine, four steel and aluminium landing legs with hydraulic dampers, and a steel support structure. Where the SpaceX Grasshopper differs from other rockets, is in the fact it is designed to be used more than once. Unlike other rockets which burn up on re-entry, the Grasshopper can survive the intense heat, and then guide itself back down to earth and land on its tail.
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Video: Crazy landing, incredible skills.

Usually when skydiving it’s the jumpers who have a wild ride, not the people left in the airplane. However in this instance its the guys who didn’t hurl themselves from a perfectly good aircraft who get the real adrenaline rush.

The video is the work of one very skilled pilot, and one very trusting co-pilot.
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Video: Audi RS 4 Avant “Ultimate Paintball Duel”

Audi RS 4 paintball fight

To help promote the Audi RS 4, Audi UK rented out a military hangar and staged a duel between two driver’s and their quattro-powered steeds. It might not have the same intense multi-layer carnage as the Insane Paintball War we showed you last year, but Audi’s little duel certainly looks like a great way to spend the afternoon.

Each RS 4 has what looks like a Browning machine gun strapped to the hood, it’s fired by a big red button situated in the center console. To help keep score, Audi have kindly put hit counters in the top of the screen so you can see who is ahead. It’s a bit arbitrary though. Each paintball pellet counts for just one point. But drive over some goop James Bond-style and all of a sudden you’re 250 points down, get hit by a paint grenade and you can kiss goodbye to 500 points. Drive into some paint-filled boxes and, well, just watch the video.
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Video: Shogun Tango – A Fictional Future Racing Series

Shogun Tango futuristic desert race

It’s a bit off-piste, but this two and a half minute long sci-fi short film created by brothers Christopher and Greg Desantis is worthy of your time. Especially if you’re a fan of far-out concept vehicles.

Shogun Tango is a race which takes place across the California flats. It looks like a brutal and lethal competition. In fact two thirds of the participants in this particular race end up as charred pate.
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Video: Russian Road Rage – Nobody Wins Edition

Russian pit maneuver

The humble dashcam has captured many crazy moments over the years. Russia seems to provide a rather substantial proportion of the crazy/stupid/weird/funny stuff that is caught on tape. This is another fine example.

Today’s protagonists are a unidentified grey hatchback and a white Lada of some sort? The Lada driver with the dashcam passes the hatchback on what appears to be the inside lane before more than likely cutting him off as he passes another car in the right-hand lane. Not the kindest maneuver to do to your fellow driver, but one which most seasoned motorists can brush off fairly easily. Not so grey hatchback man. He gets in front of the Lada and starts braking, swapping lanes to block him in, and just generally causing danger and annoyance, all at highway speeds.
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Video: This is Why They Say; MIRROR, Signal, Maneuver

motorcycle accident helmet cam

If you remember back to the good ol’ days, when you were forced to endure your driving instructors corny homemade acronyms, and easily memorized one-liners, then there’s a good chance the phrase ‘mirror, signal, maneuver’ was drilled into you repeatedly.

This video, shot somewhere in the UK, perfectly illustrates why that’s so important. The driver of the blue VW Golf clearly thinks that signaling and maneuvering are to be commenced at exactly the same time. And that mirrors are for losers.
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Video: Swedish guy jumps over a speeding Lamborghini

man jumping over a Lamborghini

Scandinavian countries are widely accepted to offer some of the best standards of living in the world. And anyone familiar with the WRC series knows these low population countries punch well above their weight in the motorsport scene. These auto-loving, high-earning-potential conditions have helped spawn numerous car-related hoonage videos and stunts. Just Google “Getaway in Stockholm” and you get the idea.

This video also hails from Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, but this time the main character is more of an athlete than a wheelman.
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All-new 2012 Porsche 911 gets its first official video outing

2012 Porsche 911

Porsche is set to unveil the anticipated 2012 Porsche 911 at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September. It is an all-new car, and one which replaces the current 997 version which has been around since 2005. As always, Porsche likes to play it safe with the 911, and although there are plenty of changes, none of them alter the overall character of the car. It’s still a 911, and everyone with at least one functioning eye will instantly recognize it as such.

That said, the new 911, which may go under the official designation of 991, does have a considerably more sleek profile than its predecessor. It retains similar oval headlights to those which were brought back by 997, but the rakish lines are fractionally more akin to those of the 996. Despite being bigger and roomier than the current 911, the new car also promises to be lighter.
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