Five Times Car Raced A Plane
It is hard to think of anything more stupendous than an actual plane racing a car. It is like a seven-year-old’s dream becoming reality. Pure madness. Usually, extremely hard to pull off too. Well, over the years, some did try to race a plane against a car, and I am here to tell you about the five most memorable instances of that happening. Recently we saw the Huracan Performante racing the Indian Mig 29k in that horribly filmed video, so I am not including that one on the list, but I am including five others. You are about to see how a Bugatti Veyron, Tesla Model S, Porsche 911, Corvette ZR1, and an actual F1 car fair against an RAF plane, Airliner, Red Bull Air Race Plane, U.S. Navy Fighter, and an F-18 Hornet. This is the list of the most epic car vs. plane races ever attempted.
Sure, I may have missed some, but I feel that these five races definitely deserve to be on the list.
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Watch a Lamborghini Huracan Performante Race a MIG-29K Fighter Jet
We’ve seen plenty of supercar battles on airstrips before, but this one’s a bit different from the rest. Posted to Twitter by user @Chopsyturvey, it’s an abbreviated 44-second clip that shows a head-to-head acceleration battle between a Lamborghini Huracan Performante and a MIG-29K fighter jet, combining horsepower and firepower into a single brief video.
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YouTube Star’s $80,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom Has A Few Problems With It
The host of YouTube channel Hoovies Garage found himself in the news a few days ago after he took the ultimate leap of faith in buying a 13-year old Rolls-Royce Phantom for a tidy sum of $80,000. On the one hand, a Phantom that costs below $100,000 is a bargain find. On the other hand, an $80,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom is priced so low for a reason, or a few reasons. It didn’t take long for those reasons to come to light.
Video: Another Look at the Pagani Huayra L’Ultimo
The final Pagani Huayra just arrived stateside, and car fans are drooling over its custom body and interior treatment. Dubbed the L’Ultimo edition, the Pagani is currently on display at Prestige Imports in Miami, Florida, and exotics fan/YouTube personality Mario Vergel decided to check it out for himself. This is what he found.
The video is 6 minutes, 33 seconds in length, and includes shots of several other supercars and sports cars, including the Porsche GT3, Mercedes-AMG GT4, LaFerrari, Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 918 Spyder, and of course, Vergel’s BMW M3. However, if you just wanna jump straight to the Pagani, skip ahead to the 4-minute, 39-second mark.
The video gives us a glimpse off the Italian monster in full HD as it spins on its pedestal, showing the goods from just about every angle.
For those of you who may be unaware, the L’Ultimo is an extremely limited edition of the supercar - in fact, it’s a one-off model that was custom built for one lucky Pagani customer. Continue reading to learn more about it.
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Video: Petrolicious Gets Up Close and Personal With a ’66 Ford GT40
This year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans may have come and gone (congrats, Toyota!), but truth be told, we’re still feeling a but wistful for that epic and legendary endurance event. So when we came across this high-quality profile video on a 1966 Ford GT40, courtesy of our friends over at Petrolicious, we just knew we had to feature it.
In typical Petrolicious fashion, the video includes gorgeous shots of the car, both sitting and in motion, with a healthy dollop of informative and entertaining narration laid on top. All good stuff, but the car - man, this thing is a real treat. Not only is it a beautiful thing to behold, looking pretty much perfect from every angle, but the sound of the big block 427 V-8 doing its thing will send electricity up and down your spine.
Owner Ted Baird assembled his GT40 to be as faithful to the original as possible, implementing as many original parts as he could find to create something that was not only visually representative of the machines that took top honors at Le Mans, but mechanically representative as well. It’s not a replica - it’s an official GT40P Mk. II, just not one of the original vehicles.
All told, the car is stunning, and hearing Baird unleash it on the track will get you amped. “This is pure, on-hands, manual, throw-it-around race car.” Baird explains. “But, that’s part of the challenge. If you can race something like this, you should be able to race anything.”
Video: The Hoonigan Crew Catches Up With a 1,000-HP Drift Monster
Remember when the drifting scene really sank its teeth into U.S. car culture? Remember all those naysayers who said it was just a short-lived fad? Join me as I laugh at their inability to see the long-standing awesomeness that is this artful motorsport. Okay, now that we’ve got that out of the way, let’s all revel in this red-white-and-blue ‘Vette smoke machine as it doles out four-figure horsepower numbers in a bid to do it sideways at the top of the drifting game.
The video comes courtesy of The Hoonigans YouTube channel, and features the backstage antics of Matt Field as he and his team from Falken Tire do their thing at Formula Drift Seattle. The vid is a bit on the longer side (a little over 20 minutes), and provides an inside look at what it takes to compete at top level of this amazing motorsport, not to mention loads of tandem battles on the race course. And, of course, being real life drifting, things don’t exactly go as planned…
Video: Donut Media Takes a Look at the Fastest Cars in History
Just one quick glance at the spec sheets for machines like the Bugatti Chiron and Koenigsegg Agera RS will quickly reveal one very startling fact - modern top-shelf performance cars are crazy stupid fast. But how’d we get here? How is it you can go out and (given proper funds) purchase a street-legal four-wheeled sports car capable of going almost 280 mph? To quote David post dentist trip - “Is this real life?” I assure you, dear readers, it really is, and in this 8-minute, 46-second video, Donut Media tells us the how and the why.
The video starts us pretty early in history (1829), kicking off with steam power, but quickly gets into internal combustion before building towards the insanity of the modern day. It’s also filled to the brim with interesting facts and stories, and offers an good perspective on just far we’ve come - and how far we need to go to get even faster.
Which begs the question - where will we be 200 years from now?
Iconic K.I.T.T. Remains The Coolest Hollywood Car in the Party
In the world of Hollywood cars, few vehicles bring out the childhood nostalgia in all of us more than the Knight Industries Two Thousand, a car we affectionately — and more popularly — refer to as “KITT.” I bring this up because a version of K.I.T.T. was recently featured in an episode of the Supercar Blondie YouTube channel, and if it isn’t the real thing, it might as well be because it looks exactly like the car a lot of us grew up wanting to drive.
Video: The Bugatti Divo Has Freaky Looking Taillights
The Bugatti Divo is drawing closer to its highly anticipated debut at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance this coming August. Precious details have been revealed about the hypercar, but it is expected to be a more evocative version of the Chiron, one that will be coach-built and more driver-focused. In the absence of any meaningful information, Bugatti has released a teaser video of the Divo, specifically the raunchy taillights that are completely different from what the Chiron has. Could this be a sign of what we can expect from the Divo? It certainly appears like it.
Someone Finally Did It - A Rear-Wheel Drive Bugatti Veyron
People are doing all kinds of insane things on the Internet these days, all in the name of getting noticed. Modifying a Bugatti Veyron to be RWD could certainly fall under that category.
Taking responsibility is Houston Crosta, owner of Royalty Exotic Cars, a Las Vegas-based rental company that specializes in top-shelf machinery.
Why would he do it? Good question. Crosta explains it like this: “when it’s all-wheel drive, 4,000 pounds, the car does not feel fast. It’s going fast, don’t get me wrong. The car beats other cars in a race. But, get in the 720S McLaren, it feels like its gonna kill you.”
Uh, okay. Whatever you say, bruh.
And just like that, Crosta and crew pull the front diff and the front axles. The vid actually provides some interesting views underneath the Veyron while they rip out all the required gear to make it RWD only.
After putting it all back together, sans the stuff to make it AWD, Crosta takes the freshly RWD’d Veyron for a cruise to see how the onboard computer adjusts to the hacked-up drivetrain. All seems well, so you know what happens next - foot down, tires burn.
As a side note, the Veyron uses a special type of Michelin tires that cost $17,000 a set. To unseat them from the Bug’s wheels, you gotta send them back to France and spend $70,000. So yeah, that’s some rather expensive tire smoke.
Congrats dude, you just ruined a $1.5 million car for a YouTube video.
Video: Car Throttle Explains Understeer and Oversteer
As we’ve seen a few times this week, performance driving is fraught with danger. Exploring the ragged edge in your car can be fun, but before you go out there to burn some rubber, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting yourself into. One of the most important things to equip yourself with is an understanding of what happens when you lose grip, be it an understeer situation, or an oversteer situation. This video from our friends at Car Throttle covers both, and in rather entertaining fashion as well.
At six minutes, 47 seconds in length, the vid is informative, but relatively brief, kicking off with a description of both understeer and oversteer. Afterward, the vid discusses driving techniques designed to combat the loss of traction, as well as mechanical upgrades you can do to your car to make it handle the way you want.
It’s all done with a pithy, lighthearted tone, and works great for both driving newbies, and as a refresher for more seasoned drivers. One last thing - if you decide to explore understeer and oversteer for yourself, make sure it’s in a safe environment!
Video: Watch This Wild Jet-Powered Flyboard Hit Triple Digits Over the Desert
Given enough time, imagination, and resources, I think we’d all end up at the same spot eventually - strap jet engines to my feet and let me fly around. Sounds like the sort of thing a 10-year-old would dream up on a lazy Sunday afternoon, but amazingly, that’s exactly what we’re witnessing here in this 3-minute, 41-second video.
It’s called The Zapata Flyboard Air, and it was invented by Frenchman Franky Zapata, a world champion jet ski racer that also just so happens to produce these insane personal flying devices.
“Inventors have been chasing the dream of personal flight for decades, but no one else has achieved it in the way that Zapata has,” declares the Flyboard Air website. “Zapata’s unique and innovative approach comes from its experience in hydroflight, its use of turbine engines over conventional electric propellers, and the use of intuitive flight controls designed around the human body.”
Zapata also offers a number of water-powered flying devices. The Flyboard Air, however, uses an array of turbine engines to create thrust, with the pilot unleashing it all with a single control stick.
Watching Zapata maneuver this thing across the open desert is pretty crazy to behold, especially when you consider it reaches a claimed speed of 103.4 mph. According the the Flyboard Air website, the board is predicted to top out at 124 mph, and it can apparently reach a maximum altitude of 3,000 meters (9,843 feet). Seriously.
Video: Design Cut Build Fabricates a Kayak Rack for An Overlander Truck
If you’re the kind of person that likes to build it, not buy it, then you’ll love Design Cut Build. Recently hitting YouTube with a fresh new season and a new host, the show chronicles the fabrication adventures of Aaron Hagar and Iggy Cendejas as they weld their way to a number of impressive metal creations. The latest is a new kayak rack for an overlander truck, which sounds simple enough, but as anyone tackling a custom project should know, what’s easy on paper isn’t always easy in practice.
But figuring it out and making it work - that’s half the fun, right? Well, the Aaron and Iggy think so, and in fact, they like the project so much, they decided to go a step further and create a new hatch for the overlander as well.
All told, the end result is quite slick, and the truck owner is delighted by the added functionality - not to mention the new rear hatch!
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