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.
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.
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!
Watch the Mercedes EQA Cruise Through Sicily - Video
The Mercedes Concept EQA is shaping up to be one of Mercedes’ most important models in its recent history. Not only is it acting as the foundation of the German automaker’s all-electric onslaught, but it’s also turning into the leading man on Merc’s EQ-related promotional content.
The latest example of the Concept EQA’s star power can be seen in this new commercial featuring the absolutely stunning concept vehicle on a nice joy ride along picturesque Sicily. The ad doesn’t really tell us anything about the Concept EQA other than the fact that it looks amazing with all those carefully placed light signatures throughout its body. When they’re all lit, the concept takes an entirely new look that’s an absolute feast to the eyes. Mercedes even calls the ones located on the EQA’s flanks “illuminated arabesques,” which sounds like a phrase the company cooked up but is no less awesome to digest.
Beyond its gorgeous looks, the EQA’s role as a precursor to Mercedes’ full-fledged all-electric lineup is well-established. It may take the form of a hatchback, but it does give us a good look at what we can expect out of the German automaker’s future EQ lineup. The concept, among other things, gets batteries of various outputs, powering a motor in the front and back with as much as 200 kilowatts of power on tap. That gives the concept as much as 368 pound-feet of torque and the ability to sprint from 0 to 60 mph in under five seconds to go with a range of 250 miles.
There’s a lot to be excited about as far as the Mercedes’ EQ family is concerned. That should be the case because Daimler is spending almost $600 million to get its Smart production facility up-to-speed with the requirements needed to build the production versions of its all-electric EQ lineup, beginning with the EQC electric crossover, the EQA, and the rest of Mercedes’ future electric lineup.
But before any of that, enjoy the Mercedes Concept EQA going out and about in one of the most beautiful places in Italy. If that doesn’t get you excited about the possibilities, I don’t know what will.
Watch The 10 Fastest Runs Ever At the Goodwood Festival Of Speed: Video
Later next month, speed addicts the world over will descend on Goodwood House in the U.K., each vying to strut their stuff in the annual Goodwood Festival Of Speed Hillclimb event. However, they’ll really need to bring their A-game if they hope to make it into the top 10 fastest times ever recorded at the event, as evidenced in this 9-minute, 16-second video.
The vid shows each of the top runs in its entirety, ranging between 45.08 seconds for the number 10 spot, to 41.6 seconds for the number one spot. The breadth and variety of cars competing here is staggering, including standouts like the squirrelly Toyota Tacoma driven by Rod Millen, the no-holds-barred Subaru Impreza WRX “Gobstopper II” driven by Olly Clark, the Peugeot 208 T16 Pikes Peak-record holder driven by Sebastien Loeb, and the Formula 1 McLaren-Mercedes MP4/13 driven by Nick Heidfeld.
Watching these machines tackle the climb is a true delight, and hearing each wind it out is enough to give any gearhead some goosebumps. Hit play, crank the volume, and get stoked.
VW Gears Up For Pikes Peak With I.D. R All-Electric Racer: Video
The 2018 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb is rapidly approaching, and Volkswagen will be there to challenge the standing course record with this - the I.D. R, an all-electric racer purpose-built for the job. The event is set to take place at the end of the month, but VW is already onsite in Colorado, prepping for the big day with a few test runs in an effort to sort out any lingering issues with the new racing machine. Chronicling the latest efforts is this 2-minute, 46-second teaser vid, which shows the I.D. R in action alongside an interview with its driver, Romain Dumas.
All told, the I.D. R certainly has the right specs for something like this. In addition to simply ludicrous aero, this carbon monster is powered by a dual-motor powertrain making 671 horsepower and 479 pound-feet of torque, enough to propel it to 60 mph in just 2.25 seconds.
That’s quick, but Mr. Dumas has the skills to make it work, boasting a resume that includes wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 24 Hours of Nurburgring, and 12 Hours of Sebring, not to mention outright victories at Pikes Peak in 2014, 2016, and 2017.
That said, even the best driver and car in the world won’t make this a cake walk. The Pikes Peak course is highly technical and extremely dangerous, composed of 156 turns spread over 12.42 miles, rising nearly 5,000 feet. The finish line towers above the surrounding landscape at 14,110 feet above sea level, which has a profound effect on cooling and aerodynamics, not to mention the driver’s mental state.
Will VW pull it off? Tune in June 24th to find out.
The BMW M5 Will Star in the Mission: Impossible - Fallout
BMW will once again take center stage in the new Mission: Impossible movie as the new M5 is set to play a prominent role in the sixth installment of the Tom Cruise spy-movie franchise. Thanks to a new trailer released today by Bimmer, we now know that the new M5 will have its work cut out for it. Footage from the trailer revealed that the mid-size sedan will be used in a number of stunts, including being driven by Simon Pegg’s character, Benji, autonomously through what looks to be a futuristic tablet.
The Full-Scale McLaren 720S Made Out of Legos is at the Petersen Automotive Musem
The 1:1 scale LEGO McLaren 720S remains the most incredible automotive LEGO creation we’ve seen, and now, you get the chance to see it up close at the Peterson Automotive Museum in Los Angeles, California. We first saw the incredible creation at the 2017 Goodwood Festival of Speed last June. Now, it’s made the trip to the U.S. where fans helped complete its build.
Design Cut Build Drops Season 3 Teaser
Making art with metal isn’t always easy, but when you can pull it off, the reward is huge, and luckily, we’ve got shows like Design Cut Build to help show us the way. Starting from scrap and carried through to the final touches, Design Cut Build is a great source for ideas and inspiration, and if you’re into fabrication, this show includes tons of stuff any DIY’er is sure to enjoy.
Now, there’s a third season about to drop, and it’s bringing all kinds of good stuff for you viewers. Not only will there be tons of new projects to check out, but there’s also a new host - taking the helm will be Aaron Hagar, owner of Rat Runners Garage in South Lake Tahoe, California, and a force to be reckoned with in the art of building rat rods. Aaron is a true artist when it comes to cars and fabrication, and his always affable personality is sure to be a perfect fit for the show.
Check out the 1-minute trailer below.
"Bumblebee" Could Be the Transformers Movie We’ve All Been Waiting For
The first trailer of Bumblebee has arrived, and it’s already a massive departure from the testosterone-laden theme of the first five movies in the Transformers franchise. The trailer doesn’t reveal much in the way of the actual storyline of the movie, but it already paints a clear picture that this prequel will be operating more on an emotional level, focusing on the relationship between the fan-favorite Autobot and his first human friend, Charlie Watson, played by Haley Steinfeld.
Watch All Episodes of Q8 Unleashed Before Today’s Big Debut!
Today is the day of the Audi Q8 and, in celebration of its debut in just a few hours, Audi has unleashed a short mini-series to help get our hearts pumping before the big debut.
The series is a short drama of sorts, with each episode lasting just a few minutes. As of the time of this publishing, there are just four episodes available to watch, with the fifth coming in the next couple of hours. The big debut comes just four hours after that. It’s going to be a busy day, but we’ll keep updating this story as time flows so you can always check back for the latest developments. Check back at 9am Eastern time for the fifth episode and 1pm for the live stream of the big debut. Until that happens, we’ve also added a bunch of spy shots and linked to our speculative review article if you want to learn more about what you can expect! Stay tuned, folks.
Video of the Day: Epic 4x4 Off-Road Fails Compilation
Some people… well, non-truck people, will tell you that big jacked up trucks and off-roaders are all just big penis extensions. And, we’re not necessarily going to deny that. However, there is one thing we can attest to, and that’s that they certainly aren’t an extension of the brain. Never has that been more evident that after watching this video. In just eight short minutes, you’ll watch so many people completely ruin their rides trying to do things that everyone (but them, apparently) knew they shouldn’t be doing. Either way, it’s a fun watch and a few good laughs so go ahead and hit play to enjoy it for yourself.
Video of the Day: Sit Inside a Koenigsegg Agera RS as it Runs to a Top Speed of 284 MPH
The Koenigsegg Agera RS is one mean machine with a 5.0-liter V-8 that’s good for 1,160 horsepower and, apparently, a top speed of 284 mph. It’s a lot more than just power, though, as Koenigsegg put a significant focus on aerodynamics and weight reduction for better handling and cornering ability. Those aerodynamics include a new front splitter and winglets to go with lower side skirts and an absurd rear spoiler. That spoiler, by the way, develops nearly 1,000 pounds of downforce at just 155 mph. With that in mind, can you imagine how much downforce was being created when the RS in this video managed to hit 284 mph? Let’s just say it has to be utterly outrageous. This isn’t something you want to try at home, folks, but if you do, please try to record it and send us a copy.
Anyway, we’ve embedded the video below. Check it out for yourself, then switch on over to our full review of the Koenigsegg Agera RS to learn more about it!
Race car technology has come a long way, allowing race car drivers to walk away from accidents that would have been utterly disastrous just a couple of decades ago. With that in mind, technology has also allowed us to relive some of those crazy moments time and time again, and that’s exactly what we’re doing here today – looking at the top 10 Le Mans crashes of all time! As a fair warning, these are some pretty scary looking crashes, and the opening video isn’t anything to joke about, but it’s worth watching as it goes to show just how dangerous the sport can be and how fast things can go awry at high speed.
Video of the Day: Best Supercar Show Off Fail Compilation
It seems like people don’t understand that there’s a time and place to play and that the road isn’t it. Sure, Mustang drivers come to mind (I know, it’s getting old, right?) but in reality, we see just as many supercar owners failing miserably as they try to showboat their precious, powerful cars. It’s nice to be wealthy, I’m sure, but apparently, it isn’t enough to be seen in your cool car, you have to show off what it can do. Well, in this video there’s a big handful of idiots who probably knew more about the money they spent than how to drive what they bought. And, it shows. For the record, not all of the cars shown here are “supercars,” but each one of them was served a life-sized piece of karma that will certainly hit the wallet, be it at the repair shop, with the insurance company, or in court after being sued or arrested for reckless endangerment. Anyway, the video is below. Check it out and let us know what you think!
Video of the Day: 25 Interesting Things About Memorial Day
Memorial day is usually associated with barbeques and days off, among other things, but that’s not really what the day is about. And, this video is a little off-topic for our site, but we want to take a second to step away from the norm in respect for those that this day is all about. In case you don’t know, today is about honoring the brave soldiers that lost their lives fighting for our country, whether you believe it was for freedom or not. It’s a day that we reflect on their sacrifice, the ultimate sacrifice, that many believe was made to secure or maintain all of the freedoms that we enjoy today. I’m not here to preach, though, so go ahead and check out this video that covers 25 interesting facts about this very special holiday.
Memorial Day Special - Military Vehicle Video Compilation
Memorial Day is upon us, and while we’re busy barbequing and enjoying our day off, we felt it was only fitting to honor the men and women that have given their lives for our freedom to do just that. Maybe you’re going to grave sites to honor your fallen friends or family members, or maybe you’re placing flowers for those who came home without a family to look after their eternal resting place. Maybe you’re one of the few who don’t have a grave site to visit. Either way, it’s important that we remember those that have given the ultimate sacrifice are responsible for all of the great freedoms we have today. Today we’re doing that here at Top Speed by showcasing these videos of modern military muscle – the vehicles that help protect our men and women on the battlefield so they don’t have to make the ultimate sacrifice.
Video of the Day: Tearing Down a 430,000-Mile Engine
High-mileage engines are something special. It’s not uncommon to see an engine go beyond 200,000 miles these days, but there was a time when anything above 250,000 that didn’t sport a Honda badge, meant you had to pray to the car gods it would start and get you to work each day. In this video, we’re looking at the teardown of a running engine from a Skoda Octavia – one that has amassed a total of 430,000 miles or just over 692,000 kilometers. The good news is that, once the teardown is complete, the mechanic on duty is giving the old girl a full rebuild to provide this 430,000-mile beast a new (hopefully long) lease on life. But, I’ll stop there and let you see what it looks like on the inside for yourself. Go ahead and click play, then fill up our comments section with stories about your highest-mileage car.