Marshawn Lynch is Selling Two Beast Mode Jeeps for Charity
He might not be headed to the Super Bowl this year, but Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch is still keeping “beast mode” fully-engaged.
On Tuesday, the San Francisco Chronicle revealed the NFL star will open a Beast Mode clothing brand store in his hometown of Oakland, California, with a portion of early proceeds donated to charity.
Now, Lynch has also kicked off an eBay charity auction that will see him sell off a pair of custom Beast Mode Jeep Wranglers, as well as two dozen Power Wheels mini Jeeps and other signed memorabilia. Lynch’s charity of choice is the Fam 1st Family Foundation, which he started with cousin Josh Johnson of the Buffalo Bills, to support and empower at-risk youth in the Bay Area.
You certainly won’t see many Jeeps that look quite like this duo. Lynch’s Beast Mode Jeep Wranglers were built by McLoughlin Chrysler Jeep and boast a highly aggressive stance, courtesy of a four-inch suspension lift, 37-inch off-road tires, new grille and Warn winch, green “halo” headlights, and a muscular new hood. Inside, the Beast Mode Jeeps also sport custom leather seats, which feature Lynch’s signature embroidered into the back. The standard 3.6-liter V6 engine still remains under both 4x4s, now paired with a Magnaflow exhaust and Mopar cold-air intake.
While smaller in size, the Beast Mode Power Wheels still pack a lot of presence as well. Customized by Recon Northwest, these Jeep Hurricane ride-on toys wear plenty of Beast Mode logos, come dressed with eye-catching green accents, sport a Bluetooth wireless speaker and speakerphone, and have been signed by Marshawn Lynch himself.
The charity auction includes ten different types of items altogether, which include a signed and game-worn jersey (11/9/14, against the New York Giants), a signed pair of Lynch’s Nike Vapor cleats, and even a signed box of Skittles.
“When I created the Fam 1st Family Foundation, my mission was to empower and educate underprivileged youth,” said Marshawn Lynch in a statement. “Through this charity auction with eBay, proceeds raised will provide opportunities for these kids in need.”
The auction kicked off on February 2 and will conclude on February 12.
She is part of an alien race called Doell that appears entirely female but has both males and females in it. Males tend to have short female hair styles while females have long hair. The gems on their foreheads contain their powers and if it was ever removed, they would die. They all share the same slender body type and have flat chests. They all share the same traits of grey skin, red hair, white lips, black eyes and gems, and their hair grows below their gems. They all dress pretty much the same which includes wearing floor length skirts and spandex tops.
Her race does not have sexual organs. Females will give birth through a slit in their stomach. They reproduce by a soul bond, while kissing they will open their mouths, their souls will go into their mouths and they will touch and create a new life. When it comes to a member of The Doell race mating with another race, a Doell will suck their partners soul into their mouth and proceed with the normal process then put the soul back.
A soul bond links them inside and out. They can hear each others thoughts and understand each other more than ever before. it’s the ultimate connection. If one speaks another language, their partner will be able to speck hat language after the bond.
Mistress was brought to Earth as a baby and raised by a human family. Her real parents put her in a living suit that made her appear human and would grow as she does. One day she was attacked while being a bystander to a hero and villain fighting. Her suit peeled off and she discovered what she really was. She was surprised to find out that her human parents knew about this and never told her.
“Smokey and the Bandit” Pontiac Trans Am Sells for $550,000
Mechanically speaking, the late ‘70s were not kind to the Pontiac Trans Am. In 1977, the most potent engine under the muscled-up Firebird corralled a worrisome 200 ponies. But the same can’t be said about the breed’s popularity. The Trans Am was arguably the automotive star of ’77, and that’s largely thanks to one unforgettable flick, Smokey and the Bandit.
This past weekend, one of the original Smokey and the Bandit Pontiac Trans Ams rolled across the Barrett-Jackson auction block in Scottsdale, Arizona, with none other than the bandit himself—Burt Reynolds—in the passenger seat. Amid much cheering, it went on to sell for an impressive $550,000, and it’s now headed for a new roost at the Cars of Dreams Museum in Palm Beach, Florida.
If it looks a bit too clean to be a Hollywood stunt car… that’s because it is. According to the auction house, this Trans Am was a promotional car for the film, which was trucked around to different events in 1977—a rather more relaxed existence than being pursued on-set by Sheriff Buford T. Justice. Even so, the Firebird underwent an extensive “rotisserie” restoration to bring it back to like-new condition, and it’s said to still retain its original 400ci V8 and automatic transmission.
While it wasn’t the quickest Pontiac Trans Am by a long shot, its silver screen appearance did prove wildly popular and Pontiac went on to sell 68,745 Trans Ams that year, marking its highest sales ever a year later in 1978. With sleek Special Edition looks, a “screaming chicken” decal, T-tops, and Burt Reynolds levels of cool… who could argue?
Included with the half-a-million-dollar Pontiac came an official plaque from General Motors, certification from Universal Studios, as well as a copy of the original scripts, film location maps, and behind-the-scenes photos. It wasn’t the only silver screen item to cross the auction block that day, however.
Transformers director Michael Bay was also on hand to auction off a pair of Autobots—a Bumblebee ’67 Camaro and an Optimus Prime ’92 Peterbilt big rig, which sold for $167,200 and $121,000, respectively.
The ordering process for the all-new 2017 Acura NSX officially kicks off on February 24th, but interested buyers won’t be able to snag NSX #001 any longer. The very first NSX just sold at this past weekend’s Barrett-Jackson auction in Scottsdale, Arizona, and gaveled for a whopping $1.2 million, in the process setting the record for the highest-selling VIN #001 vehicle in Barrett-Jackson auction history.
The winning bidder of the first long-awaited NSX supercar was none other than Rick Hendrick, owner of the Hendrick Automotive Group and Hendrick Motorsports racing team, which currently competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
All proceeds from that sale will be donated to the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, as well as Camp Southern Ground, a project of recording artist Zac Brown that aims to serve children from military families, at-risk youth, and young people with neurobehavioral challenges.
“It was amazing to witness such generosity of spirit and passion for the new NSX,” said Jon Ikeda, vice president and general manager of Acura. “Mr. Hendrick will have the great satisfaction of owning and driving the very first next-generation NSX, and making a difference in the lives of thousands of children.”
The 2017 Acura NSX reboots the storied NSX nameplate, which first appeared on sale in 1991 and disappeared from U.S. showrooms in 2005. Its latest iteration elevates the fan-favorite sports car to supercar status, boasting a 573 horsepower hybrid setup with a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 and a trio of electric motors. When ordering opens up for new models later this month, the NSX will be priced at $156,000 and top out at $205,700 fully-loaded.
NSX #001 wasn’t the only headline-making charity auction lot at the annual Scottsdale event. A 2016 Chevrolet COPO Camaro #001 also sold for $300,000, followed by a custom 2016 Ford Focus RS that sold for $550,000, and Jay Leno’s own Ford F-150 Harley-Davidson Edition pickup that sold for $200,000.
Separately, Acura also auctioned off a 2017 NSX hood on eBay, which had been signed by over three dozen Hollywood celebrities. It brought home another $10,800 for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation.
Meet the Only Triple-Green ’69 Pontiac GTO Judge in the World
Classic cars are a bit like ice cream flavors; different tastes gravitate toward different styles. With that in mind, given the breathtaking appearance of this 1969 Pontiac GTO Judge… one could presume the original owner was a bit of a Mint Chip fan, or Pistachio aficionado. Either way, they had great taste in muscle cars.
Not only did they buy a Pontiac GTO during the height of the muscle car era, they bought “The Judge,” and the only 1969 triple-green Judge at that. Green interior, green top, and a stunning Limelight Green exterior. Richard Rawlings, if you’re out there, this sounds like your kind of ride.
The one-of-one GTO Judge is slated to cross the Auctions America block in Fort Lauderdale on April 2nd, and this is one judge that can be bought, pardon the pun. It’s expected to fetch between $100,000 and $140,000.
While the Pontiac GTO arguably started the muscle car era in 1964, it was “The Judge” of 1969 that kept the party going. The name is said to have been inspired by Sammy Davis Jr.’s “Here Comes the Judge” skit on Laugh-In, and it brought with it a dash of comedy to the muscle car segment: bright colors, shouty graphics, cartoonish “The Judge” badges, and an extra-wide rear spoiler, not to mention the serious performance goodies.
All 1969 Pontiac GTO Judges came equipped with the Ram Air 400ci V8, which offered up an underrated 366 horsepower in Ram Air III guise, and another conservative 370 hp in the optional Ram Air IV. This accompanied standard Rally II wheels, taut GTO suspension, and a three-speed manual. A four-speed close-ratio manual and three-speed automatic were options, as were power disc brakes, rally gauges, and a hood tach, among others.
Pontiac sold 6,725 Judge hardtops in its debut year, but only 108 GTO Judge convertibles in ’69. This Judge, an automatic-equipped convertible, is said to be one of only 29, in addition to its unique colors. Looking for rarer still? It’s believed that Pontiac only sold five 1969 GTO Judge convertibles equipped with the Ram Air IV package. This car sports Ram Air III.
According to the auction, this Judge enjoyed a full body-off restoration and it keeps its original numbers-matching 400ci V8 and automatic transmission, to which it adds luxuries like power disc brakes, electric windows, and those lovely redline tires. All rise!
This 1957 Ferrari is Expected to Sell for Over $31 Million
The prospect of vintage Ferrari race cars fetching ten and twenty million dollars at auction is startlingly no longer surprising. In fact, these multi-million dollar auction prices have become de rigueur over the last decades. But when values start to crack the thirty million dollar mark, ears begin to perk, and this is one of those occasions.
A storied 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti will cross the Artcurial auction block in Paris, France, this afternoon with bidding scheduled to start at an eye-opening €28 million, or around $31 million. The auction house expects the race-winning Ferrari could sell for upwards of €32 million, or around $35 million, which would make it one of the most expensive Ferraris ever sold at auction.
This Ferrari 335 Sport’s history begins early in 1957, at which time chassis #0674 was constructed and bodied by Scaglietti, though initially as a Ferrari 315 S with a 3.8-liter Tipo 140 V12 under its snout. Its maiden race took place at the Sebring 12 Hours, managing a sixth place finish, followed by a scintillating second place finish at the iconic Mille Miglia with driver Wolfgang von Trips at the helm.
Immediately after the race, #0674 was bestowed a larger 4.0-liter V12 and then campaigned by Luigi Musso and future Formula 1 champion Mike Hawthorn at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The duo broke the lap record at the circuit, though retired after five hours running. It was then off to the Swedish Grand Prix, where the car notched a fourth place finish.
The Ferrari race car was then returned to the Maranello factory for yet another upgrade, a new front end (à la 250 Testa Rossa) to help cool the brakes, before it was sent to the Venezuelan Grand Prix, which would decide the 1957 world title. Musso and Hawthorn would achieve another second place, and help Ferrari take the 1957 constructors championship with a 1-2-3-4 finish.
Another trip back to Maranello saw the Ferrari outfitted with its final engine, the triumphant 335 S Tipo 141 V12, which pumped out 400 horsepower courtesy of dual overhead camshafts and big four-barrel carburetors. It was then sold to famed New York Ferrari importer Luigi Chinetti in January 1958, and raced under his NART racing colors, providing a win at the 1958 Cuban Grand Prix with Masten Gregory and Stirling Moss at the wheel.
Later, it was raced at events across the US, from Road America to Watkins Glen, with names like Lance Reventlow (creator of the Scarab sports cars) behind the wheel.
Its professional racing retirement came about in 1960, as chassis #0674 was sold to an architect in Pennsylvania, followed by a sale ten years later which led to the car’s current owner, notable Ferrari collector Pierre Bardinon. It was restored to original condition in the 1980s, and is said to have remained largely untouched in recent years.
Looking to buy? The auction kicks off at 3pm Central European Time.
Need a Unique Ride? There’s a Smart Fortwo Kit Car for That
Everyone, in one way or another, likes to feel unique. It’s the reason people slap garish 20-inch wheels on their sensible sedans, festoon tailgates with political slogans and other bumper stickers, and affix vinyl flames to their vehicle’s hood. The mindset is: that’s not just any car, that’s my car.
For the ultimate expression of dissimilarity however, buyers can seek out a kit car. You build it yourself, and given that most people aren’t in the habit of building their own vehicles… you’re likely to be one of a very exclusive owner’s club.
For those at the wheel of an early Smart Fortwo, this is what you could be driving instead. Hailing from the mid-2000s, it’s called the Michalak C7 and it transforms the practical Smart into a lightweight coupe or roadster. It hails from Germany, and before you bash its looks, it does have a few interesting points going for it.
Namely, construction of the sports car is said to take just a few hours, rather than days, and you won’t need a lift or any welding equipment to polish off the build. All running gear and much of the car’s other core elements are lifted straight from the Smart Fortwo, apart from the C7’s tubular steel space frame and unpainted gelcoat fiberglass body.
All told, the finished car comes to a very lightweight 1,455 pounds in its simplest specifications, meaning owners can get the most out of those teensy turbocharged three-cylinder engines, though additional interior elements—a padded dashboard, waterproof seats—can also be added as needed. As far as styling goes, it’s surely showing its age, though it’s hard to fault the vehicle’s concept car looks and exposed front suspension.
Why consider one? As far as having something that the Joneses aren’t apt to drive, this ranks fairly high. It’s also vaguely reminiscent of the grin-worthy Smart Roadster, which sadly never officially sold in the US market. That said, the kit’s accessibility with the second-generation Smart Fortwo does merit investigation, as that generation was the first available on US shores.
Is it a bit weird? Surely. Is it for everyone? Not in the least. But in a sea of banal grey, white, and black modern sedans and crossovers, kit cars certainly buck the trend in a big way, and that’s rather commendable.
Driving a Fire-Breathing Car from 1903 is Hard Work
We’re fairly spoiled these days. Most cars are quiet, comfortable, simple to drive, and reliable even in the hands of the maintenance-averse. But that certainly hasn’t been a universal truth since the inception of the automobile. Some cars can be a real handful (a beautiful, breathtaking handful), and we’d imagine this 1903 Monarch fits squarely in that category.
Established in 1913 in Detroit, the Monarch Motor Car Company was the brainchild of Robert Hupp (of Hupmobile fame) and his brother-in-law Joseph Bloom. Over its short existence, it produced a fairly small run of practical four-cylinder cars and had planned an even smaller run of V8 cars before it went bankrupt just three years later.
One such car was a bit more special than most, however. The car was bestowed with a mammoth Curtiss OX-5 V8 aircraft engine and unleashed on unsuspecting roads. This isn’t it, rather it’s another Monarch outfitted in its likeness, and as driver Duncan Pittaway demonstrates, it’s a bit of a bruiser. Take a look.
And with a momentous push start, the aged Monarch is on its way. As Pittaway demonstrates, the foot brake does little in the way of slowing the car (you’ve got the handbrake for that), the gearshift runs sequentially from rear to front, and there’s no fuel pump. To push fuel into the engine you must manually work a hand-operated air pump.
Amazingly, the airplane-engined beast can still hit 100 mph, though as Pittaway puts it, “you can have more fun at 30 miles an hour around a roundabout in this car than you could ever have in the latest Ferrari supercar.”
He does know his Italian performance cars too. Pittaway also owns the talked-about-in-whispers “Beast of Turin,” a 1911 Fiat land-speed record car with a 28.5-liter four-cylinder. Essentially, the fastest Italian car money could buy, circa 1911.
Care to see these early century automotive icons in the flesh? A whole mess of them will race it out at the 74th Goodwood Member’s Meeting in the UK in March. Average vehicle age? About 102 years young.
Nissan Has Built the World’s First Seven-Seat Bobsleigh
When tuning in to watch the Winter Olympics, one thing you certainly won’t see is a bobsleigh with over four teammates onboard—competition is limited to just two and four-person teams. But that minor detail hasn’t stopped Nissan from building the world’s first seven-seat bobsleigh.
Drawing inspiration from its seven-seat X-Trail SUV—known as the Nissan Rogue in the U.S. market—Nissan has melded its people-packing capability into its sleek “X-Trail Bobsleigh,” which recently made its inaugural run at the historic Olympic track in Innsbruck, Austria. The man at the helm is British Olympic medalist Sean Olsson, followed by six crewman behind. Check out the rule-defying video, below.
Unlike the Nissan X-Trail, which features 130 hp and a weather-taming all-wheel drive setup in Tekna 1.6 dCi 4×4 trim, the bobsleigh is spurred along solely by gravity, though impressively it can still hit top speeds of 65 mph by the end of the bob run and endure 4.5g of force. Zero to 60 mph takes around 30 seconds.
Production of the sleek craft was handled by renowned bobsleigh manufacturer Diego Menardi, who helped add the distinctive V-motion grille and LED headlamps to the sled to give it an unmistakeable Nissan look.
No word on whether the Olympic Committee will add the seven-seat event to the next winter games, though somehow that looks doubtful.
The 2016 Ducati draXter is One Lean, Mean Birthday Gift
Break out the candles, napkins, and cake—Ducati turns 90 years young in 2016, and the Italian bike builder has wasted no time kicking off the celebrations. Meet part one of its yearlong birthday bash… the sensuous Ducati draXter.
Unveiled at the 2016 Motor Bike Expo of Verona, the draXter is a hardcore drag racing variant of Ducati’s all-new XDiavel, which in itself is a sultry mix of cruiser and sport bike. However, as can be seen from the draXter’s athletic and low-slung physique, Ducati’s centro stile has skimmed off much of that laid back “cruiser” look once again. The end result is mean, stunningly gorgeous, quintessentially Ducati, and well… not for sale. It’s a concept.
According to Gianandrea Fabbro, who is responsible for Advanced Design at Ducati Design Center, the draXter project is intended to demonstrate the customization possibilities of the new XDiavel structure. “Custom” is surely the right word too, the draXter looks a far cry from the cruiser that birthed it, despite the fact that its frame, swing-arm, and tank are identical to the standard XDiavel.
You wouldn’t be wrong if you detected a hint of superbike DNA mixed in as well. The draXter nicks its front suspension and brakes from the current Ducati Panigale. “To put it metaphorically,” says Fabbro, “the draXter is like a sort of short circuit applied to the XDiavel world.”
No word was given as to the concept bike’s performance figures, but the standard XDiavel offers up a potent Testastretta DVT 1262cc two-cylinder, with 156 horsepower and 95 lb.-ft. of torque up for grabs. With its new racy setup, this ex-cruiser ought to wring out every last one of those Italian thoroughbred horsepowers on track.
Looking to buy one? Don’t hold your breath. Then again, maybe if we all scream “build it!” loud enough, Ducati will hear us.
Go Behind the Scenes With $2 Million Aston Martin Vulcan Supercar
When most people think of Aston Martin, they think pure luxury, James Bond, sonorous V12 engines, and well… back to 007 again. Aston Martins ooze their upper crust status, and unapologetically so. Fans the world over wouldn’t have it any other way.
But one Aston Martin is looking to tweak that narrative. It’s a true bad boy, and if you’ve got about £1.5 million (or $2.14 million), you could make one yours. It is, of course, the all-new Aston Martin Vulcan.
Only 24 of these track-only supercars are scheduled to be built, making them quite the rare birds indeed. Carfection decided to peek behind the scenes at Aston’s workshop to watch a few of the Vulcans come together, and expectedly it’s an intensely surgical bit of engineering. These cars aren’t messing about.
If you can see it, it’s most likely carbon fiber. These sculpted track toys are absolutely swathed in the stuff, which helps keep weight down to featherweight levels. Under a Vulcan’s long sultry bonnet lives a 7.0-liter V12 engine making over 800 horsepower (the jaw-dropping Aston Martin One-77 only managed 750hp), and it’s said to be an evolution of Aston Martin Racing’s own GT3 race motor, complete with a new block, pistons, rods, liners, and crankshaft.
The rest of the Vulcan’s spec sheet reads like a race engineer’s cost-no-option wish list: inconel titanium exhaust, magnesium torque tube, Xtrac sequential gearbox, four-way adjustable dampers, carbon ceramic racing brakes, and of course, who wouldn’t want a set of onboard air jacks for quick pit stops.
The first few of these no-nonsense supercars have already been delivered to customers around the globe. If you want one, we suggest ringing Aston about that quickly.
Ford Never Built an F-100 Boss 302 Pickup, But Someone Did
Combine the words “Boss” and “Mustang,” and you’ve likely struck a chord with Blue Oval fans. The famous Boss 302 brought the Ford Mustang its 1970 Trans-Am championship, and its road car brethren remain some of the most popular ‘Stangs to collect to this day.
For those wishing Ford did a bit more with its fan-favorite “Boss” moniker, well… consider your prayers answered.
In the run up to the 2014 SEMA Show in Las Vegas, On The Ground Designs (OTG) decided to bring that name to the storied F-series line, and it did so with this jaw-dropping 1973 F-100. According to the company, it all began humbly with a $2,500 pickup rescued from a field. Today, it’s quite the showstopper.
On The Ground created the Boss F-100 as a promotional vehicle to help launch its new site, and linked-up with the folks at Vortech Superchargers to help make the concept a reality. As you might expect, there’s a burly Vortech V-3 supercharger and air-to-air intercooler stashed under the hood, but it’s no longer connected to the F-100’s original 390 V8. Instead, a Ford Coyote crate engine has been shoehorned in, along with the air intake from the last iteration of the Boss 302.
Horsepower goes undefined, but it’s routed to the rear wheels through a Ford 4R70W automatic, and is estimated in the region of 620 to 630 hp at the crank. That’s what you’d call, a lot.
Grip is provided by a set of B-Forged wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires, which tuck in nicely next to the truck’s low-slung Accuair air-ride suspension setup. According to OTG, outfitting the aggressive truck was no easy task, and involved some pretty serious suspension fabrication with a near “impossible” deadline.
Thankfully though, with no time to spare (and the paint barely dry) the Boss build was wrapped up and hustled to Las Vegas in time for SEMA, going on display at the Vortech booth. The Boss’ total costs are said to surpass $150,000 in parts and labor, and frankly it shows. Rather, it shines. The paint? That’s the same red you’d find on an Audi RS4.
Inside it’s a different story. The Boss F-100 goes dark with a stunning combination of black leather, suede, and a black dashboard, bringing a nice contrast to the otherwise vibrant exterior.
Qatar Gets its First Concept Car, Though its Looks are Polarizing
In recent years, the Persian Gulf has enjoyed a boom of startup boutique car manufacturers. The largest, Dubai’s W Motors, even caught substantial screen time in Furious 7 with its $3.4 million Lykan Hypersport supercar. Now it’s Qatar’s turn, and this is the first concept car born unto the small Gulf state. Meet the Elibriea concept.
The car was unveiled earlier this week at the 2016 Qatar Motor Show and it’s said to foreshadow a commercially viable hypercar that Elibriea Automotive hopes to create. One thing is for certain, however. The concept’s wild styling does leave some scratching their heads.
According to Doha News, the eponymous concept car’s story begins in 2009 when Abdulwahab Ziaullah, a graduate student at Texas A&M’s Qatar engineering campus, received a grant from the Qatar National Research Fund to develop a prototype car design in-country. A number of different designs were evaluated and tweaked along the way, and just two years ago, sponsorship from the Ali Bin Ali Group allowed Ziaullah to begin construction of his sports car.
On the outside, the Elibriea’s proportions and roofline have a distinct Lamborghini-ness to them, though the front and rear fascias are unquestionably unique, and quite angular. At its sides, the sports car’s doors scissor open in concept car fashion, and reveal a two-seater cockpit. Beneath its carbon fiber body is said to be a General Motors V6 engine, which has now been tuned to create an impressive 525 horsepower.
The company is now turning its attention toward the design and engineering of its production model, which could offer up to 1,000 horsepower. While Elibriea Automotive actively looks for engineering partners to help make that happen, Ziaullah is also gauging critiques of his concept’s design.
“I’m excited and curious to know people’s feedback on Elibriea, particularly the views of the critics,” Ziaullah told Doha News. “I will use all their comments constructively to shape the hypercar. I want to make sure it outperforms Elibriea.”
The company’s website suggests that vehicle will be named “Equvallas,” and follow the mid-engine, rear-wheel drive supercar formula. Pre-orders will be fielded beginning in March 2016.
Richard Rawlings’ Gas Monkey Viper is About to Go Racing
At one point in time, Gas Monkey Garage did one thing and one thing only: build fast and loud custom cars. Today however, it’s a different story. Richard Rawlings’ Gas Monkey empire now includes the Fast N’ Loud TV show, a cinnamon tequila, Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill, a top fuel dragster, and now this—a sleek Dodge Viper GT3-R race car.
The racy Viper takes to the track at this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, the first event of the 2016 WeatherTech Sportscar Championship season, and boasts a distinctive Gas Monkey Garage livery for the occasion.
But that’s not all. The Viper is just one third of a new Gas Monkey motorsports endeavor, which also includes garage sponsorship on Alex Laughlin’s NHRA Pro Stock Camaro and Sage Karam’s Indy car. Get you some of that.
The Viper in question here is the No. 33 Viper Exchange Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R, which takes the field in the racing series’ GTD category. It’ll be helmed this weekend by drivers Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Marc Miller, and Dominik Farnbacher. Interestingly, Keating is also the owner of the Viper Exchange, which is said to be the world’s largest Viper dealership. It’s safe to say he’s quite familiar with the car.
In a statement, Keating noted both Gas Monkey Garage and Viper Exchange’s Texas roots, close relationship with Dodge, and mentioned he was surprised the racing partnership hadn’t happened sooner.
“I am very excited about working together on this,” Keating said. “I am excited to take the Gas Monkey Garage fans along for the ride as we compete in the biggest and longest sports car race in North America.”
The NHRA Camaro, Indy Car, and Viper GT3-R liveries highlight Rawlings’ new Gas Monkey Energy Drink in particular, which some of this weekend’s drivers could probably use during the grueling 24-hour event.
Last year, the No. 33 car finished sixth in the series’ GTD standings overall, recording two big wins at Road America and Circuit of the Americas. Riley Motorsports’ other car, the No.93 Viper, actually won last year’s Rolex 24 in the GTD category. Tune in at 2:40pm ET on Saturday January 30th to see if the team can repeat.
Photo Credit:sportscar365, Gas MonkeyGarage,and Viperexchange.com
This McLaren 650S Just Got an Amazing Spider-Man Makeover
In the automotive world, supercars are a bit like silver screen superheroes. They boast a larger-than-life persona and command otherworldly performance that mainstream cars can only dream of. And at one car customization shop in Singapore, that supercar-superhero comparison is even more closely linked.
Singapore’s WrapStyle has begun creating a series of superhero-inspired vehicle wraps for its customers’ cars, which so far include a Superman Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Batman Audi R8, a pair of Iron Man and Captain America Lamborghini Aventadors, and a Hulk Nissan GT-R.
Arguably the best of the superhero bunch however is the shop’s McLaren 650S, pictured here in Spider-Man guise, which seems to lend its shape quite well to the web-slinger’s famous costume.
These vehicle wraps, vinyl graphics that can be applied over a vehicle’s body, have absolutely skyrocketed in popularity over the past decade, because they’re quicker to apply (and generally less expensive) than repainting a car’s exterior. They also allow car customizers to add increasingly complex and detailed designs to a vehicle’s exterior. Just imagine how long it would take to paint Spidey’s suit over the svelte McLaren.
Beneath the wrap you won’t find Peter Parker, photographer for the Daily Bugle. Instead, the mighty McLaren readies its ubiquitous twin-turbo 3.8-liter V8, which summons up a triumphant 641 horsepower. They don’t come cheaply, however. The McLaren 650S starts at around $265,000.
A post on the company’s Facebook page reveals that the Singaporean shop plans to design 14 superhero wraps in total, leaving eight left currently unaccounted for. The remaining possibilities are as large as the superhero universe itself, though modern favorites like Thor, The Flash, Wolverine, and Wonder Woman would seem likely.
The Next-Gen Jeep Wrangler Gets Diesel and Hybrid Variants
For many off-road enthusiasts, the popular Jeep Wrangler has been a last bastion for simple, rugged, all-terrain SUVs, amidst a sea of evermore car-like crossover vehicles. That rugged nature isn’t expected to change, but it will be a bit more high-tech in the coming years.
It’s been confirmed that the next-generation Jeep Wrangler, which is set to arrive in 2017, will indeed bring with it both hybrid and diesel-powered variants. The stunning news comes courtesy of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ (FCA) updated business plan for 2014-2018, released on January 27th.
According to the presentation, both variants will be limited to the four-door Wrangler. More fuel efficient next-gen powertrains and mild hybrid systems are the first to arrive, and will help meet post-2018 fuel efficiency requirements, followed by a Wrangler diesel. An even more efficient Wrangler hybrid electric vehicle is also planned, which aims to meet 2022 standards.
The recently debuted 2017 Chrysler Pacifica, which replaces the long-lived Town & Country, will ready its plug-in hybrid variant within the next year, and the hybrid treatment also extends to the Ram brand. The next-generation Ram 1500 will net a mild hybrid setup, as well as more efficient gas powertrains.
The impetus behind these changes can be traced to one of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ biggest obstacles—federal fuel efficiency compliance, which ramps up over the coming years. By 2021, the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards climb to 41 mpg, and by 2025 they’re planned to reach 49.7 mpg. For an SUV and truck powerhouse like FCA, this means cutting back the emissions of its best-selling Jeep and Ram products.
The updated business plan also revealed a few other high points. Riding atop a wave of cheap gas and heavy demand for Jeep and Ram vehicles, the company will significantly shift its focus toward truck and SUV production. In fact, current supply has yet to meet demand for the Wrangler, Ram, and Grand Cherokee nameplates. By 2018, FCA expects to shift a whopping two million Jeeps globally each year.
However, the report isn’t without its blemishes. The Dodge Dart and Chrysler 200 are expected to bow out in the coming years, as sedan demand continues to spiral downward. The plan does suggest that future production of FCA compact and midsize sedan entries could be shifted onto another automaker, in order to cut costs and better meet demands.
2017 Acura NSX Hood For Sale on eBay, Signed by Sundance Celebrities
“Long awaited” doesn’t even begin to describe the monumental, all-new 2017 Acura NSX. After years of anticipation, the supercar’s ordering process officially kicks off on February 25th, but for those with decidedly less than the $156,000 to spend on a rarified Acura… there is another piece of NSX history that you can get your hands on. And it’s this hood.
Acura and eBay have teamed up to auction off this 2017 NSX hood, which is currently on display at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The sleek bonnet has been signed by over two dozen celebrities in attendance at the film event, and if you bid before the auction wraps up on January 31st… it could be yours.
So far, the celebrity signature list includes TV personalities, movie stars, recording artists, and more, including the likes of Chelsea Handler, Daniel Radcliffe, Nick Jonas, Reggie Watts, Danny DeVito, Anderson Cooper, Craig Robinson, and John Krasinski.
Interestingly, Acura says the hood can be mounted as a piece of wall art (very, very rare wall art), or you could have it clipped onto your very own 2017 Acura NSX, provided you plan on buying one of the 573-horsepower supercars.
Currently bidding has climbed to the $2,600 mark, though it will likely climb much, much higher. All proceeds will be donated to the Pediatric Brain Foundation, which helps to fund medical research into the treatment of childhood brain tumors and support the families of children affected.
The New Razor Crazy Cart Shift Makes Drifting Easy for Kids
Going fast isn’t always a requirement for having fun, as demonstrated by the popular Razor Crazy Cart. Its top speed is only 12 mph, nevertheless it produces smiles everywhere it goes, all while “going” very, very sideways.
Now however, there’s a new model, and it’s making drifting even easier for the younger crowd. Meet the Razor Crazy Cart Shift.
The drift cart was recently announced at the 2016 London Toy Fair, and it’s said to target riders ages eight and up. Unlike its Crazy Cart and Crazy Cart XL predecessors, the new Shift model omits the tried-and-tested “drift bar,” which can be pulled to send riders into a sideways tizzy. Instead, the all-new model is said to be more car-like in that steering wheel input controls all drifting action.
According to Gizmag, the Razor Crazy Cart Shift also breaks tradition with the original and XL model (above) by introducing a hub motor to power the drive wheel, rather than a chain-drive setup. Additionally, the cart’s body is now said to be composed of polypropylene and its new 24-volt battery increases runtime from the typical 40 minutes to right around an hour, and produces top speeds of 8 mph. Fans will note the bucket seat and drift-assisting rear caster wheels keep their rightful place.
Need one? Currently your Razor Crazy Cart choices vary between the Lil’ Crazy, Crazy Cart, and Crazy Cart XL, however the tech site notes the new model will hit store shelves sometime later this year at a cost of around £250, or about $356. That price tag may break some kid’s toy budgets, but if you’re looking to raise the next Ken Block… perhaps it’s a worthwhile investment.