China Will Begin Tracking Cars with RFID Technology
How would you feel knowing that every time you took your car out, the government knew where you’re headed to? Would it feel like an invasion of privacy? Well, the Chinese government thinks otherwise. The government is developing a program that will make it possible to track citizens’ cars using Radio-Frequency Identification (RFID) chips. The main motive behind this is to study and improve the traffic congestion on roads, which in turn will help reduce pollution. We hope it’s limited to just that!
Off Topic – Watch A Pair of Porta-a-Johns Take Flight
Okay, we know it’s off-topic, but when the whole TopSpeed headquarters hits the floor laughing at a video, we can’t help but share it with our loyal readers. In this case, we’re talking about a video of two porta-a-johns take flight spraying their sweet, sweet mist into the air to grace the faces of those watching from the ground below.
The situation took place in the Denver Metro area, and despite the somewhat clear skies, the Gods decided to unleash what we can only describe as gale-force winds. Okay, maybe they weren’t that bad, but for a relatively clear day with no sign of a storm in sight, the wind kicked up enough to topple a massive tent and throw this pair of porta-thrones about like a couple pieces of paper. They bounce off the rear end of one SUV, then transcend into the heavens, blowing their lovely blue mist as if they were a Space X rocket venting before takeoff.
According to KTBS news agency in Denver, there was – fortunately – nobody in either toilet when the took flight, and nobody on the ground was hurt, either. That’s awesome and all, but there were certainly a lot of people who needed one hell of a shower and will probably be scared of ever entering one of these grey boxes of death ever again. Well, at least it wasn’t as bad as it could be, right?
We’re not sure what it is, but there’s just something about guys that own big diesel trucks. Whether it’s the “better-than-you” attitude or the “I can conquer all” mindset, they are almost always driving like a douche or getting into something they probably shouldn’t be during. There’s a lot of that in this video. Guys failing at off-roading, playing tug of war, or having their trucks ripped apart as they are pulled out of mudholes that should have never been ventured into in the first place. If you are one of these guys, don’t worry, we don’t hate you. We just like to make fun of you – just like the guys in supercars and mustangs. Go ahead and click play and enjoy the video.
One Man’s Turbine-Powered Scooter Creates the Biggest Smile Ever - Video
YouTube Fabricator, Colin Furze, has built all kinds of things, but his latest creation hits us right in the feels – a fan-powered scooter for none other than his five-year-old son. His latest creation is a little different from the BMW hot tub of the weaponized rickshaw, but it’s pretty damn cool, and as you’ll see from the unbelievably happy face on his son when the project is done, it might be the best thing he’s ever built.
The video shows the whole process from start to finish, including the test run when his son’s face lights up with the biggest smile the world has ever seen. Furze even made it a point to make the fan-turbine remote controlled because his son will “go crazy and drive it straight into the neighbor’s car.” Parenting at its best, right? It might be a homemade project, but it looks pretty cool and, needless to say, it’s as functional as can be. As for range and actual thrust, Furze has yet to figure all of that out but none of that really matters to the five-year-old it is built for, anyway.
The best part is, Furze says he’s building an even faster and more powerful model for adults – one with a gas turbine from turbocharge parts. Now that in itself sounds absolutely amazing, but go ahead and watch this video for now. If the look on his son’s face doesn’t make you smile, I’m not sure we can be friends anymore.
In 2017, it was time for Ford to Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the original 1967 Shelby Super Snake – a one-off designed by the man himself. To celebrate that anniversary Ford created the 2017 Shelby Super Snake 50th Anniversary Edition. It comes with an awesome blue and white color scheme to go with as much as 750 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque, enough to make it faster than the Challenger and Charger Hellcat twins and the Chevy Camaro ZL1, with a quarter-mile run taking just 10.9 seconds. With the new Shelby GT350 already making its debut and the Shelby GT500 about to debut in the very near future, we thought it was fitting to showcase the 2017 Super Snake and have made it our wallpaper of the day. Check out our hand-picked choice or choose from a small gallery at the bottom of the page. Go ahead; they are free.
It is not exactly common to see a new car unveiled with a designation such as the 2018.5 Infiniti QX30. Nevertheless, Infiniti’s new QX30 received a few changes compared with the 2018 model. Most importantly, automatic emergency braking, previously optionally available only for top two trim levels, is now a standard issue across the range.
And the range has a different ring to it. For the 2018.5 Infiniti QX30 (official Infiniti designation, mind you), trim levels were renamed, equipment shuffled, and prices went up a bit. What once was Base, Luxury, and Premium, now is Pure, Luxe and Essential. It has a better ring to it without a doubt. The only trim level that retains the old name is the Sport.
Are Volvos Safe? This Video Says Yes Sir!
A Reddit user posted a video of what appears to be a late-2000s Volvo XC70 getting into a head-on collision with a massive truck. Usually, this is the kind of video that makes you cringe, knowing the occupants of the vehicle were severely injured, but they were driving a Volvo. If you ever questioned whether or not Volvo made safe cars, well this is a real-world crash test that answers with a definite YES.
There isn’t a lot of information to go by, but we know this is an older XC70 that didn’t include things like lane-keep assist or the like. Clearly, the Volvo driver was at fault. Prior to the crazy accident, the vehicle slowly drifts out of its lane and right into the path of that big truck. It doesn’t even appear as if the drive in the Volvo hit his brakes, so he was probably distracted with more important things – you know, a text message, browsing facebook, or watching porn.
The car behind him was the lucky one with a dash cam and was actually able to stop before making things worse, but what happens after that is sheer lunacy. For a collision that would likely result in injury for most cars on the road, this driver seems more angry than anything, throwing a big piece of the dash, which was obviously karma’s way of slapping him in the face, out of the car. I’m sure there were a few naughty words said in the process and, according to later posts, the driver walked away uninjured.
Regardless of what caused the accident, it goes to show one thing – Volvos are pretty damn safe. I’m sure the driver was sore the next day, and he probably got whacked in the face by that piece of dash trim pretty good. But, considering what the outcome could have been, I’m pretty sure he should be writing Volvo one hell of a thank you note – their design philosophy probably just save his life, or at the very least, saved him from serious injury.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I need to go trade in my Volkswagen Golf for an older Volvo XC70. Check out the video below, and I’m sure you’ll want to do the same.
Toyota Thinks Manual Labor is the Solution to Efficient and Cheap Ride-Sharing Services
A patent recently discovered by Autoguide reveals that Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing has devised a pedal and crank system to help charge ride-sharing EVs, ultimately reducing their need to recharge and giving discounted fares depending on how much work each rider does during their ride.
Dummy Destroys a Car Wash Because They Can’t Follow Simple Directions
Going to an automated car wash should be about the easiest thing you have to do in life. It’s easy – you either pull up to a predetermined location, put the car in neutral, and let it do its thing or you pull up to a certain spot and remain there while the machine works around you. It’s not rocket science and it doesn’t take a fifth-grade education. But, not all people live in the bright row of the crayon box as you’ll see from this video below.
Simple catastrophe could have been prevented had the driver of this car just followed the instructions. Instead, they decided to drive forward and backward through the car wash, eventually getting hooked on the top brush. Instead of just driving out of the wash as common sense (hopefully) told them to do, they decided to back up. In doing so, the car pulled on that top brush and the machine came right down, crushing the back of the car.
Now, unless this was a mobster with someone in the truck, it’s unlikely that anyone was hurt as the machine hit the very rear of the car. But, this could have turned out much worse than it really was. The whole time watching the video my eyes couldn’t ignore that flashing light that says “stop” so it leads us to wonder just what the driver was thinking. The video is rather short and there’s no telling what happens after the machine crushes the car, but you can be sure there was an interesting conversation between the owner and driver. Check out this bit of craziness below and let us know what you think!
It doesn’t take a lot of intelligence to get a boat into the water. One could even argue that it doesn’t take a lot of common sense, yet here we are looking at a nice long video of people who just can’t seem to get it right. Some people lose their vehicle to the slippery slope; others can’t seem to get that boat back on the trailer. Either way, it’s stuff like this that’s always fun to laugh at, so go ahead and click play. Enjoy yourself and have a good chuckle while you’re at it.
Drunk Concert Goer Gets Her Head Stuck in the Most Unbelievable Place
A young woman in Minnesota got her head stuck inside an exhaust tip, forcing the local fire department to cut the tailpipe off just to get her out of the strange predicament. The ordeal — if you can even call it that — took place at the Winstock Country Music Festival
Details are still unclear on how the girl’s head ended up inside the exhaust of a first-generation Chevrolet Silverado or why the girl was even in the vicinity of the truck, to begin with. According to reports, the young lady was reportedly intoxicated when the incident occurred, putting a lot of questions about the whole thing into perspective. Fortunately for her, the Winsted Fire Department was called in to help extract her head out of the exhaust pipe. A power saw was reportedly used in cutting the tailpipe, which led to the girl getting her head out of the exhaust pipe.
The McLeod County Sherriff’s Department also confirmed that the young lady was cited for underage drinking and was escorted out of the concert grounds once her head was removed from the exhaust pipe. To make this story even more unbelievable than it already is, the fire chief spoke to local media outlets and said that he had heard that it was the second time the young woman put her head in the tailpipe during the event. Apparently, she was able to get out the first time, which probably led to her thinking that she could do it again.
We had no plans to reveal the identity of the girl, but it wouldn’t have mattered anyway. She did it herself when she posted on Facebook, admitting that she was “the tailpipe girl.”
Make good choices, young lady. Make good choices.
Swiss Students Design an E-Bike That’s Capable of Amazing Range
Electric motorcycles aren’t anything new, but a Students over at the University of Zurich have seemingly accomplished designing a bike that offers up 250 miles of range and a fast-charging system that can top off the battery in just one hour. Its name? The Ethec.
For the past couple of days, the Internet has been swamped with something called the Taycan. Not a common word and certainly a unique name, would not you say?
Only a week ago, as part of the “70 years of Porsche Sports Cars” ceremony, Porsche revealed that their new car, thus far referred to using the Mission E corporate designation, will be called the Taycan. This will be the first all-electric Porsche and an evolved version of the Mission E Concept we learned about on the first public unveiling at the Frankfurt Motor Show three years ago.
If you are wondering why Porsche would want an electric five door superhatch that is a tad smaller than the Panamera, look no further than the Tesla Model S. This project is a Porsche stab at the favourite electric car and now it officially has a new name.
Any numbers in the name? No! Hidden messages? Yes!
Pops’ Rants: Nurburgring Records You Should Know About
Oh look, we have a new Nurburgring record for seven-seat SUVs. Nope, it’s not a super-fast benchmark set by BMW or Audi, companies that have actual performance seven-seat SUVs, but a boringly slow record set by... wait for it... Skoda. Yes, a company with limited global availability drove a diesel-powered, somewhat performance-oriented SUV on the ’Ring to set a record for a class that no one cares about. And it’s damn slow too at 9:29.84 minutes. I bet SUV enthusiasts will take the showrooms by storm to buy the 236-horsepower Kodiaq RS later this year.
Ready for the 24 Hours of Le Mans? Here’s Your Spotters Guide and Competitors List
We’re a few days away from the start of the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, so if you haven’t gotten yourselves up-to-date with this year’s race, we have a spotter’s guide that’s going to save you a lot of time catching up on what to expect ahead of this weekend’s race. The guide is as comprehensive as it gets, and it comes straight from WeatherTech and Andy Blackmore, the man behind all of the best spotter’s guides you’ve seen.
Watch Dodge Give Birth to the Last Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
It’s been less than a month since the final Dodge Challenger SRT Demon rolled off the line and now that you’ve seen the pictures, it’s time to see the video that shows it being built.
The video was released by FCA North America and shows various stages of the final Demon as it creeps through the production line. Throughout the video, you get to see it transform from a mere shell to the car we’ve all grown to love…or loathe. This specific model comes off the line looking as black as the nights sky but will be sent off for a special (and exclusive) Viper Red paint finish before it heads off to an auction where it’s expected to pull in some $2 mill based on the $1.65 million that the first Hellcat model pulled in. Of course, it could go for even more than that as it’s being auctioned off as part of a package deal with its sports car cousin, the Dodge Viper – the very last Dodge Viper at that.
As the final production model, it will get a pair of exclusive drag tires, a front passenger seat, rear seat delete, truck carpet kit, car cover, VIN badge, and a Demon Authentication package. Naturally, it will get the Demon Crate too, which comes with the drag wheels, tuned PCM, and a full set of track tools. As a reminder, this track-ready monster comes with 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque, enough for it to blow most supercars away with a sprint to 60 mph coming in just 2.3 seconds. It can also hit the quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph – a standing record for any production car.
This car, and the final production Dodge Viper, will be auctioned off at the Barret-Jackson Northeast Auction between June 20 and June 23 with all proceeds heading straight to United Way. Stay tuned to find out how much the final Demon goes for and, until then, check out the video and gallery below!
The BMW 8 Series Coupe has Debuted and It’s Stunning
We’re finally getting a look at the BMW 8 Series in high resolution and ready to take on the Mercedes S-Class in a Serious way. It’s expected to hit the road in the U.K. in November with a price ranging from £76,740 to as much as £100,025 for the range-topping (until the M8, anyway) M850i seen in all of the images we have here. Pricing for the U.S. has yet to be released.
2019 Aston Martin DBS Superleggera
Aston Martin is in the middle of revamping its entire lineup. Having replaced the DB9 with the DB11 and the old Vantage with a brand-new model, the Brits are now testing a replacement for the Vanquish. But the new grand tourer won’t carry the same name. In April 2018, Aston Martin announced that it’s reviving the DBS Superleggera nameplate for its flagship model.
The DBS name goes a long way back, having been used for the first time between 1967 and 1972. The badge was revived in 2007 when it was used for the super GT that replaced the first-generation Vanquish. The latter returned in 2012, and it’s now set to disappear again to make way for the "DBS" badge. The Superleggera name will be used as a tribute to Carrozzeria Touring, the company that designed the iconic Aston Martin DB4, DB5, and DB6. Here’s what we already know about the upcoming grand tourer.
Continue reading to learn more about the upcoming Aston Martin DBS Superleggera.
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata to Come with More Power and Higher Red Line
The 2019 Mazda MX-5 Miata is getting some needed updates, and a big part of those updates include a 26-horsepower increase that will give the popular roadster 181 horsepower to play with. The months-long rumor about the MX-5’s power bump has been confirmed, among other interesting bits about the updated version of one of the world’s most popular sports cars.